Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTA
Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTASky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTASky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTA
Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTASky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTA

...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 claim 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). 


  • 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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Skywatcher Evostar72ED ds pro telescope.
Wednesday, 8 July 2020  | 

I've not tried it out yet due to nights being too bright and doesn't get dark enough here durening the summer months. This little telescope is light weight and small that makes it very portable telescope for those who like travelling around. It can even go in backpack for camping under a clear dark sky well away from street lights and light pollution. I found out this little telescope can photograph the horsehead nebula in Orion! Telescope feels well made and my only complaint is the dovetail bar is too small as it should come with larger one when bought new and this the reason why I give 4 stars. First light optics is superb and they deliver fast and when you need advice they help you!

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Outstanding value with quick results
Friday, 26 June 2020  | 

Package arrived well packaged protecting case and scope. The day went well and night skies were clear but summer solstice in London was not ideal conditions. Saturn and Jupiter rose after midnight. With 8mm plus Barlow I saw cloud bands on Jupiter plus 5 planets and Saturn with rings plus 1planet - it blew my mind. Never have I seen such clear views. As a relative newbee I feel a pro now. Now where's those nebula?

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Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro OTA
Sunday, 7 June 2020  | 

Fantastic value for money! It is a great wide-field grab and go telescope.

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skywatcher 72ed
Wednesday, 3 June 2020  | 

i have a skywatcher 200pds and i wanted a small refractor, after lots of reading i settled on this amazing scope, i bought this in December last year and it hasn't let me down.
i'm not sure what it is like for visual as both scopes are used for Astrophotography but for what i need it for it is great.

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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 Iíve 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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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.
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.

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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:
And a set of these screws (Sky-Watcher's 72ED's tube-rings use different screws to the other ED scope's).
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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