Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTA
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...It's a very short tube system, and the dew shield is removable, all of which adds up to a great get-up-and-go-anywhere telescope... Overall, the Evostar 72ED DS-Pro was a satisfying, lightweight scope to use. BBC Sky at Night Magazine, July 2018 - Read full review

About this product

Model:  sw_evostar_72ed
Part Number:  10201

New 72ED Doublet Refractor from Sky-Watcher

This high-end Evostar-72ED features a doublet objective lens with one Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element. 

Each air-to-glass surface has multiple anti-reflection coatings applied to ensure optimum light transmission, approaching 99.5%! 

Sky-Watcher proudly claims their proprietary 'Metallic High-Transmission Coatings' (MHC) are the finest photon anti-rejection coatings in their class. 

An optically-matched 0.85x reducer is available for imaging at f4.9! 

(Please note the Evostar-72ED Apo has a different objective lens glass combination to the Evostar-80ED/100ED/120ED models). 

FEATURES

  • 216x Highest Practical Power (Potential)
  • 72mm Objective Lens Diameter
  • 420mm (f/5.8) Focal Length
  • Dual-Speed 2” Crayford Focuser 11:1 ratio (Backlash-Free)
  • Multi-Coated Objective Lens 
  • Sky-Watcher “Metallic 99.5% High-Transmission Coatings” (MHC) on all air-to-glass surfaces
  • Standard Sky-Watcher / Vixen Style Finderscope Shoe
  • Tube Rings & 45mm Dovetail Bar (with 1/4-20 tripod threads)
  • Removable Dewshield
  • Weight 1955g
  • Length 42cm
  • Aluminium Carrying Case (with compartments for additional accessories) - Approximately 28x52x17cm.
  • Supplied without Eyepiece, Finderscope and 2" Star Diagonal

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Customer reviews

Average Rating (41 Reviews):  
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Great scope for beginners and seasoned imagers alike.
29 December 2022  | 

This scope is capable of capturing fabulous images. Clarity is good, construction is very good for the price point, focus is easy to find and doesn't slip (even with heavy image train when I forgot to put the lock on) and the weight is fairly low.

I have used this on 2 mounts (az-gti in EQ and heq5 pro), both with 50mm guidescope, DSLR, dew heaters etc. The scope is light enough that the whole setup guides well even on the az-gti.

If you are planning on imaging and don't have a suitable flattener, then you absolutely will need one, and will have to budget for it. Without one, not only will you have edge of field distortion but you won't be able to reach focus unless you use the star diagonal.

I use the Stellarmira version also available from flo, the 0.8x reducer/ flattener m42 to be specific. It does a good job of speeding up the scope and widening the field as well as giving sharp stars to the edge of the field. It is considerably cheaper than the Skywatcher version and performs very well, so basically a no brainer to buy with this scope.

So in conclusion, this is a great value scope. Cheap, well made and capable, not often a combo found in this hobby 😁. Don't forget to budget for a flattener and you'll have many good nights spent under the stars with this scope.


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The best telescope I've ever bought.
17 December 2022  | 

I decided to buy the 72ED to use for astrophotography with my self modified Canon 650D instead of my f5.6 400mm lens. I also bought the StellaMira 2" Flattener and Wow! a single 10 second exposure on Orion nebula is so rich in detail. A stacked image of 75 shots is extremely rich in detail. There's absolutely no Chromatic Aberration and every single star is round edge to edge. All I need now is an equatorial wedge for my AZ GTI and then a finder scope and ASI120MM for better tracking.

The ONLY negative is the dovetail is way too short for balancing purposes and I've just bought a longer one from FLO. I'd also like to thank FLO for answering all my many questions.


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Best service ever
06 September 2022  | 

Five Stars for FLO ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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Awesome
19 May 2022  | 

The scope itself is excellent, good quality and very well packaged in its foam filled case.
The true value here is the service from FLO. Chris answered each of my questions via email and very quickly, and still continues to do so when I need advice.
Ordered mid morning and in my hand next day. Brilliant service, good product, made better by customer service.


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Great first scope - even came with no clouds
04 May 2022  | 

Thanks to FLO for the fantastic responses (and response times) for helping me choose a first scope, providing me with various other options to work with the Star Adventurer, before deciding on the 72ED.
The scope looks great and even came with 2 nights of clear skies to test it out!

The Crayford focuser was easy to use, but I also purchased a Bahtinov mask to assist with this on my DSLR and it worked really well. Also purchased the StellaMira field flattener for no loss of focal length and easily pulled in 2 minute guided subs on M51 and the Leo Triplet, with pinpoint stars and only 3 out of over 100 frames were unusable, probably due to wind more than anything else.

I actually managed to *just* balance this on the Star Adventurer with the short dovetail that comes with the 72ED, without the longer dovetail that I also purchased just in case. But to do so, I had to mount my ZWO guidescope on a ballhead onto the bottom thread of the DEC bracket on the Star Adventurer. No different to my 300mm canon lens setup, but I suspect this may need to be altered if/when I get a red dot scope to help with lining up the target and potentially a filter.
Overall, a superb first scope and amazing service from FLO to deliver on a day when I was at home. Thank you very much!


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Excellent service
30 March 2022  | 

As always, first class service from FLO. Not only was this order and delivery fast and efficient they also kindly gave advice on all the associated orders on what I needed for my set up. The extra advice was AS GOOD as the order and delivery process. Top marks and thank you


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Great
02 March 2022  | 

My 1st "proper" scope for Astro photo's having used a number of prime and zoom lenses, i also bought the Flattener to go with it, it mounts on my Star Adventurer easily, i had to add an extra weight to help with balance, did around 1 hour of imaging M33 last week just before the clouds rolled in, Focus was spot on, the focuser was a breeze to use along with a Bahantov mask. Great fast service from Flo


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A must have
17 February 2022  | 

After reading a lot of opinions/reviews on to quality and built of the scope, I decided to order it and change my astrophotography setup I had, replacimg my Teletokina f800 lens. Best choice, indeed iI haf yo tweek a little the focuser because it was as with all Skywatcher products, they are great, but you need to tweek them for optimal results. From the first try, very clear images and easy to focus, I recomend changing the dovetail bar with a longer one if you have a dslr on it. Thank you FLO for your fast and profesional manner.


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Imaging scope that can be used for visual observations
09 February 2022  | 

I wanted a small telescope that was shorter and lighter than the 80ED DS-PRO so I decided to give its smaller cousin a go, purely for visual use. If you are going down this path too, there are a couple of things you should be aware of. The otherwise excellent Crayford focuser has only 38mm of travel, and this is not enough to accommodate every combination of diagonal and eyepiece. I found that my 1.25 inch 45 degree erecting diagonal was the only diagonal which could achieve focus with all my eyepieces, with and without a Barlow. A 2-inch diagonal worked with 80% of my eyepieces but led to balance problems; also, it didn't work with my Barlow. I finally settled for a 90 degree 1.25 inch erecting diagonal with a 5mm parfocal spacer, which covers all the bases. Focus problem sorted, I tried the scope under a fairly hazy sky and was very pleased with the results: only slight field curvature and virtually no CA, so much better than my old ST80. Castor and Rigel were split easily and showed neat, circular, diffraction rings. And it makes a cracking birdwatching scope, too!


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Perfect!
22 January 2022  | 

I am so glad to be recommended the 72ed as my first dedicated astrophotography scope. I can't speak from great experience, but it has already surpassed my own expectations, the quality was evident straight out of the box and whilst beautifully lite, it feels very robust and well constructed. I would highly recommended this scope to anyone considering it.


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Q1. What is the tube diameter?

75mm for the main body, around 90mm for the dew shield section.

Q2. Can you recommend a longer dovetail that makes it easier to balance the telescope?

The Astro Essentials 'Short' dovetail works well:
https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dovetails-saddles-clamps/astro-essentials-dovetail-bars.html
And a set of these screws (Sky-Watcher's 72ED's tube-rings use different screws to the other ED scope's).
https://www.firstlightoptics.com/misc/m6-bolts-x2-suitable-for-sky-watcher-st80-tube-rings.html
The dovetail fits the the 72ED tube-rings perfectly and makes it easier to balance the telescope.

Q3. How much does it weigh?

It weights around 1.95kg with rings and dovetail but without any other accessories.

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