Brand: SharpStar

Askar 120APO Refractor Telescope (ASKAR-120APO)


Brand: SharpStar

Askar 120APO Refractor Telescope (ASKAR-120APO)


An affordable and flexible design for any astrophotographer or visual astronomer. The Askar 120APO allows for multiple use cases at an affordable price!
  • Triplet APO design
  • ED glass
  • Two-section lens tube
  • 2"/1.25" visual adapters
  • M84 female thread
  • 2 finder bases
  • 360° rotator
  • 3.3" R&P focuser
  • 1: 10 fine adjustment
  • Retractable dew shield
  • 290mm long dovetail plate
  • Multi-functional handle
  • Heightened tube rings
  • CNC locking screws
  • 0.8x reducer (optional)
  • 1x flattener (optional)
  • EAF applicable (optional)
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Product Description

The aperture of 120mm gives it an inherent advantage in terms of light-gathering power, resolution, brightness, and contrast, allowing the photographer to gather more light and present more details and brighter objects in the image.The aperture area of the Askar 120APO enlarged by 36% compared to that of the 103APO.

Along with the more light coming into the astrograph, the limiting magnitude can reach 12.2.

Askar 120APO adopts a triplet air-spaced APO lens design, including one piece of ED glass.

In the refractor's element structure, increasing the number of lens elements and designing lens combinations can effectively improve chromatic aberration correction. However, this also means increased production costs and design complexity.Askar APO series employs special optical designs and multiple lens elements to correct chromatic aberration, naturally providing higher-quality object details and color accuracy.ED glass, also known as low-dispersion glass, is a type of optical glass specifically designed to reduce chromatic aberration.

Except for the dedicated optical design, the Askar 120APO is well-considered in the mechanical design.

Askar 120APO is light and compact with a total weight of 6.5kg (including the tube rings). So it is suitable for outdoor shooting.

Each piece of Askar 103APO is equipped with a unique name ring for identification.

The retractable design of the dew shield, along with the enlarged locking screws, provides convenient usage. The dew shield serves the purpose of protecting the lens from the impact of external and internal light and protecting the lens itself.

The Askar 120APO has two finder bases, one on each side. Many users have some concerns about the limited space for installing additional astronomical accessories along the use. To address this, we have specially set finder bases on both sides of the focuser. This not only eliminates the need for disassembly when changing the position of the finder scope but also provides additional mounting positions for other astronomical accessories.

The handle of the Askar 120APO has a special slot design, making it also a base for installing a finder scope. The handle itself has been extended by 60mm, which makes the tube rings more convenient to fix the astrograph.

The total weight of the tube ring is only 780g. The thumb screws enable easy opening and locking of the tube rings. Meanwhile, the base of the tube rings is heightened, providing more space.

The standard Vixen dovetail plate is compatible with most equatorial mounts and bases on the market. We extended the length and added screw holes, making the plate becoming 290mm which is more easy to balance on the mounts. With the slot on the handle, the spacing between the tube ring can be adjusted as desired. Additionally, there is also a Losmandy dovetail plate available for purchase, to be used with different equatorial mounts.

The Askar 120APO has two optional accessories(now): a 1x flattener, and a 0.8x reducer. Both of them have built-in filter threads which allow direct filter mounting. Also, they have M54/M48 adapters which are convenient for attaching accessories.

The 1x flattener does not change the telescope's focal ratio itself. After connecting with the Askar 120APO, it still maintains a focal ratio of f/7. The flattener corrects field curvature and coma, resulting in flatter field edges and finer star points.

The 0.8x reducer can bring the Askar 120APO's focal ratio down to f/5.6. This is a standard reducer with field flattening capabilities as well. A shorter focal ratio allows the OTA to have a wider field of view and faster exposure times, making it suitable for capturing large areas of nebulae, star clusters, and faint, fast-moving celestial objects.

In terms of visual observations, the Askar 120APO pays great attention to observation quality. It can easily achieve focus when connected to 1.25" or 2" diagonals or various eyepieces. Because of the segmented lens tube design, it can also be attached to binoviewer for visual observation.

In terms of the focuser, Askar 120APO is equipped with a dual-speed rack and pinion large 3.3-inch rigid focuser, which can be compatible with most motorized focusers on the market. There is a high-precision scale on the 10cm focusing travel. The entire focuser barrel is CNC machined with an anti-reflective internal design and matting paint, providing extra measures to eliminate stray light.

The rear of the focuser features a 360° high-precision big rotator, along with precise scales for convenient adjustment and saving of rotation angles, enabling precise rotation. It is also equipped with an enlarged rotator locking screw that can easily secure even under high loads.

The telescope interface at the rear comes with a 1.25"/2" adapter.

The entire Askar 120APO tube is crafted using high-quality CNC machining, with anodized and surface spray paint treatment. The orange accents on the ivory-white tube add a bright and eye-catching touch, presenting a stylish and elegant overall appearance.

Let the Askar 120APO accompany you in exploring the magnificent landscapes of the universe and create unforgettable memories. Take action now and embark on your astronomical adventure with the Askar 120APO!

What can I see with a Askar 120APO Refractor Telescope (ASKAR-120APO)?

Here are some simulated views of common objects. Results with your telescope will vary with viewing conditions, obrits, equipment and more.

Jupiter with

25mm Eyepiece - 34x Magnification

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Jupiter with

10mm Eyepiece - 84x Magnification

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Jupiter with

5mm Eyepiece - 168x Magnification

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Moon with 25mm Eyepiece

34x Magnification

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Moon with 10mm Eyepiece

84x Magnification

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Moon with 5mm Eyepiece

168x Magnification

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Andromeda with 36mm Eyepiece

23x Magnification

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Andromeda with 25mm Eyepiece

34x Magnification

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Andromeda with 10mm Eyepiece

84x Magnification

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What's in the Box

  • Askar 120APO OTA
  • Pair of Tube Rings
  • A handle
  • a 290mm Vixen Dovetail plate
  • Oxford cloth case
  • Manual


Aperture size 120mm
Focal length 840mm
Focal ratio f/7
Objective lens Triplet air-spaced APO (including one ED glasses)
Total length( without accessories) 722mm (when dew shield is contracted)
804mm (when dew shield is stretched)
Total Weight   5.7 kg (OTA)
6.5 kg (with tube ring and dovetail)
Rear-end adapter type 2” adapter, 1.25” adapter
Product Size Diagram

Instruction for Detaching the 120APO Segmented Lens Tube (suitable for the binoviewer) Locking Screw Position Diagram


120APO EAF(optional) Installation


Optical Path Diagram

Spot Diagram

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Askar 120APO

First impression of the Askar 120 are very impressive. Well built and looks very good. Scope looks somewhat larger in person, but the weight is very manageable. First light was bortel 8 with various filters, UVIR, Askar C1 &2, Antlia Triband and Golden. I have only tried imaging and was very impressed with the sharpness of stars and images. Overall am very impressed and happy that I made the purchase and jump to the Askar 120.

High quality optics

I have used the product for visual observation and I cannot comment on Astro photography. My experience was excellent. The build is excellent optics are clean sharp and free from visual chromatic aberration. I used the telescope with Celestron Dielectric Star Diagonal 2 and Pentax XW eyepieces. I have 20mm, 10 and 7mm. The views are sharp edge to edge clean high contrast outstanding in my opinion. I also have 31m Celestron Luminos this specific eyepiece maxes out the field of view of the telescope. I didn’t see any strange halos around the edges with the Luminous eyepiece and I feel that it pairs very well with the telescope. It gives more of a 3D effect because of the wide angle that I personally really like. Regarding what you get with this refractor you get quality over quantity. This means that with a large reflector for the same price you will get more light and see more objects in the sky but at a cost of sharpness of the image and contrast. Basically, with this refractor there is no washing away of color or sharpness and contrast. Stars look needle sharp. Looking at the Moon with this telescope and Pentax XW 7 mm gives such a crisp view that you feel like you are about to touch it. If you can afford this telescope don’t hesitate. If you prefer high quality over size and volume this is the telescope for you. By the way I have paid full price for it and I love it. One more thing the telescope once assembled is not very light and it will need a medium or heavy-duty mount in my opinion especially when it is used with large eyepiece like the 31 mm Luminos.

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