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Model: evostar_80ed_ds_outfitPart Number: 10202Brand: Skywatcher
The Skywatcher Evostar 80 DS-PRO ED refractor sets the standard for optical performance at it's price and often outperforms more glamorous (expensive) telescopes costing considerably more. Features Ohara FPL-53 extra-low dispersion glass for the ED element, which virtually eliminates chromatic aberration, and top quality German Schott glass for the matching Crown element.
Skywatcher also offer an optically-matched 0.85x Focal Reducer/Flattener for astrophotography at f6.37.
I bought this telescope with the aim of doing astrophotography.I found it well made and loved the 10:1 focuser as it made getting precise focus very easy.As for the optics, a lot of bang for the bucks. Clear clean views with little or no CA, I compared this to my Celestron 6SE and in many ways I find this scope has the edge in many areas.The supplied 2 '' 28mm EP is a solid chunk of an eyepiece and surprisingly good.I replace the straight through viewfinder with a right angle one, and for that reason I would downgrade the OTA to 4 stars.It needs a minimum of an EQ5 mount.
I have had this scope for 2 weeks now and to my surprise have had a chance to get it out on 4 separate nights! I am using along with a HEQ5 and I have already captured very satisfying shots. For a beginner like my self I cannot recommend enough. Its easy to use, practically straight out of the box and go, the case is high quality and keeps everything free of dust. The eye piece supplied gives a great view if you are looking at using this for terrestrial viewing.Very happy with it.
The build quality leaves something to be desired with this, most especially the drawtube which seems to commonly have been machined with the "flat" that the crayford focusser draws upon not being, in actual fact, flat.This means that the grip of the focusser is much reduced and, possibly worse, variable depending on the focus point required.The balance point, like all short tube refractors also resides under or very close to the focussing knobs making balance more difficult.In short, consider something a little more upmarket if you want a scope to hold heavy eyepieces or DSLR bodies.
Skywatcher DSLR-M48 Ring Adapter£17.00
Dual-Speed 2" Crayford Focuser for Sky-Watcher Refractors£129.00
Skywatcher .85x Reducer/Flattener for ED80£169.00
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