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 Apo 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%! 

The proprietary Sky-Watcher “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

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Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED
Sunday, 26 January 2020  | 

This little refractor telescope is absolutely incredible. On the few clear nights I've had I've taken photos of Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula, Horsehead & Flame nebula, Pleiades and planning more whenever we next get a clear night! The aluminium carry case it comes in is a nice addition and is great for storage or if you're travelling. The overall quality of the scope is second to none and is an absolute steal for less than £300! The field flattener and M48 adapter is absolutely critical for DSLR astrophotography.


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Great little scope
Tuesday, 4 June 2019  | 

Just received mine this morning and I have to say that I’ve got some good first impressions from the 72ED. Views are crystal clear even through a window. Only thing is that you need an extension tube of sorts to achieve focus with some 1.25 inch eyepieces with a 1.25 inch diagonal. But other than that, a great OTA overall which I hopefully will try astrophotography on! Thanks FLO for your prompt service. Will update with further use.


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SW ED72 scope
Friday, 17 May 2019  | 

A super little scope and FLO provided excellent service


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awesome
Friday, 29 March 2019  | 

telescope with exceptional value for money


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Happy Refractor Owner
Tuesday, 5 March 2019  | 

Firstly I would like to thank Martin & the FLO team.
Great advice & customer service second to none.
After hours n hours of reading short tube refractor reviews I had narrowed it down to two...
The William Optics z61 and the evostar 72.
Both scopes had good and bad reviews of which left me scratching my head again.
The z61 has fpl53 glass the ed72 unknown
The ed72 has wider aperture
Both scopes seem to have issues with coreect flatener spacer with Dslr connected
The z61 was considerably more including the flatener and eos adaptor.

Took the gamble I went with the ed72.
As promised it arrived the next day.
Coming from a Dslr and lenses back ground I was slightly worried about my first practice runs with the scope.
Firstly I spent an afternoon balancing the scope on the star adventurer and practicing with the focuser.
That evening I set about focusing on stars, without a mask or focus aid via apt on the laptop.
The stars looked via the 450d live view so I shot off a dozen 60s exposures of m45.
On Dslr playback the frames looked good in photoshop they were shocking,unusable.
The next evening I went with laptop and homemade bahtinov mask.
The night before I did mark the draw tube as focus reference point, attaching the mask and watching focus aid on the laptop I was stunned at just how far my focus was.
Nailing focus with the mask and apt was simple so I turned to m45 once again and fired off test frames.
Checking the Dslr play back and apt preview I was confident.
A single framed looked good in photoshop so I stacked the dozen in dss and wow wow wow.
My nikon 180 f2 Ed is sharp but the 72ed simply blew it away. Perfect stars from edge to, hardly in CA, bloat or colour fringing.
Conclusion.
Am I happy? Oh yes indeed
Would I recommend this scope? Without a doubt
Would I recommend FLO? I ain't ever shopping elsewhere again


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Great also for beginners
Wednesday, 27 February 2019  | 

I don't usually make reviews, but when I do, it's because I'm very impressed! I'm not an expert but with less than 20min integration on a star adventurer in polluted sky, I took my best orion nebula ever, with colours and details never saw before with normal dslr lenses. The service from FLO was really fast and accurate and the OVL field flattener seems to work great on this tube. https://www.astrobin.com/393042/0/


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Great Travelscope!
Wednesday, 23 January 2019  | 

For its price, it really is an impressive piece of equipment, really easy to carry in a bag, I use it with my star adventurer, and living in Mexico city (which is heavilly light poluted), I found this setup really travel friendly, the glasses quallity is really good, almost no CA, and very good double focuser. The only thing I quite dislike, is the two screws to hold the Optical train, It should have some copper strip or something, so it doesn´t touch directly on the Flattener or Camera adapter.
I am really impressed with the personal attention I got from FLO´s Grant, who really helped me all the way, from the ellection of the Field flattener, the shipping to Mexico, etc. Really grateful for everything.


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Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTA
Sunday, 20 January 2019  | 

Not my first purchase from FLO, who I've always found to be spot on with both the goods and services they supply and their customer service.
This doublet refractor comes very well packed in the aluminium case, which is also well packed in its own right. I've not had chance to get out and use it yet, but first appearance it seems to be well made and solid, weighing in at just shy of 2kg. I like the fact that it doesn't have the 1.25" conversion for the focuser. The supplied one that's fitted is nice and smooth with a snug movement and no play, even with a DSLR body attached. The dew shield cover is of the screw on variety, meaning it's not going to fall off anytime soon. The dovetail is perhaps a little short but this is far from a deal breaker. Overall it's a very nice piece of kit that I can't wait to get out with. If the glass is as good quality as the rest of this, then I'm in for a treat 😊


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Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTA
Friday, 18 January 2019  | 

I bought this to use as a guide scope with a ZWO 290 mono.. It's probably a bit OTT as a guide scope and I would happily use it as a wide field imaging/visual scope. For the money its very well made - the focuser is smooth and slop free and the focus lock works very well and doesn't shift the image when tightened. The box it is sent in is a nice touch and protects the scope well - with a little surgery to the foam it will take the scope with camera attached for storage over the off season. My only niggle is the screw on dust cap - it's a right faff in the dark and I would much prefer a plastic push fit one. Performance wise its excellent - tight focus is easy the image snaps in and out beautifully - a quick test on the moon reveals almost no CA. For guiding with a ZWO290 it presents an incredible number of tight stars to choose from and guided consistently at about 0.5" total RMS on a well loaded Avalon Fast Reverse with zero issues. Just one thing to be aware of for anyoone wanting to use this as a guide scope - it took 110mm on extension rings to achieve focus !!! That said the FLO T2 adapter allows the creation of an all screw together system to prevent any slop in the system which was one of the main drivers for me to buy this scope and camera combination.


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Excellent and very portable telescope.Good and practical alluminum case.
Saturday, 29 December 2018  | 

Very useful and practical telescope for it's price.


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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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