Specification and optics are the same as the Startravel-80 (ST80) but supplied without equatorial mount/tripod and includes a 45º Erect Image Diagonal.
Popular as a travel-scope, for grab-and-go astronomy and for use as a guidescope.
|Average Rating (18 Reviews): |
28 September 2023 | Tommy
Ordered on a Sunday, arrived on Tuesday.
Giving this telescope 4 stars for what it is, great value for money. This little skywatcher is light, very portable and produces a decently sharp image. The contrast is ok and as it can produce an upright image, it’s good for terrestrial as well as night viewing. I’ve used various different scopes before and this one was bought as a stop gap between main scopes. This is good quality at a good price. In fact I’ll probably keep this after buying my next telescope. It will be great for quick viewing and travelling. it would be perfect for a beginner or a casual observer whether land or sky. This telescope may not be a ‘wow! Amazing! Brilliant’ scope but it’s certainly one that’ll have you saying ‘yes, dead on, great, that’ll do nicely’. . Again, great value at a great price!
09 June 2023 | Paul
Ultra light and compact. Popped it on an AZ GTi and manfrotto camera tripod. Fits nicely in a small backpack.
Given the price and size this is great value as a first scope or travel rig. Have used it on clear nights a few times while my 130PDS is aquiring images
07 June 2023 | Ethan
It provides good views and have gotten decent images with it and an old dslr. My most used one
25 February 2023 | C
The scope is ok but consider buying something bigger if you want deep sky objects you will definitely need a star tracker preferably computerized. It will focus with my d3300 with just a t-ring. However I have achieved better images with just a camera lens.
Fantastic well loved scope
20 February 2023 | Lee
The ST80 is a brilliant little scope providing great Widefield views. I have mounted it on my AZ5 and are a great pairing. It's a lightweight scope and the optics are fantastic,givung me great viwes of many clusters with my zoom lens and even seeing M31, M81&82, the recent comet c2022 e3 ztf. Only had the chance to use it once so far but can't wait to get it out again. I love the scope and recommend this one and any of the others in the ST series. It's a great scope for a cheap price.
26 January 2023 | Elaine
In comparison to another similarly priced telescope that we bought and returned the same day the Sky Watcher is in a league of its own. The presentation the build quality and the optics are for the price top class. I would recommend this product to anyone who has an interest in astronomy.
Great, with one tiny problemette: no assembly instructions.
19 October 2022 | Michael
This is my first telescope. I bought it to observe Andromeda. The box arrives with the tube, various eyepieces, lenses, and an image inverter prism etc. packed in separate bags and I had no idea what I was looking at. As soon as I saw a picture of it fully assembed I was able to put it together in minutes, BUT there was no manual in the box, or even a picture of it assembled. There's no user guide for this telescope on the sky-watcher website either, and they didn't respond to my request for help. I ended up using YouTube reviews, which is OK. For 5 stars give us an assembly guide. I have only used it once so far, and I saw bands of clouds on Jupiter and the moons no problem, using the 2x Barlow supplied (which brings the mangnification up to 64x?). I watched Europa in its orbit disappear behind Jupiter. Google "OTA 80 Jupiter" to manage your expectations! I am using it with a camera tripod at the moment, and intend to get an EQ tripod next month. It comes with an image inverter prism, so you can see things the right way up (this is supposed to be used if you use it as a spotting scope during the day, so it's a handy tool to have alongside binoculars). Pleased with it so far.
02 November 2021 | Paul
Excellent product and excellent service
A great telescope package for a budget price.
04 November 2020 | Robert
I have only just bought this Sky-Watcher Startravel 80 OTA a couple of weeks ago and only the last couple of nights, having been clear skies, have I had a chance to try it out.
On arrival, it was very easy to assemble and to align the finderscope. Attaching my own current dovetail was easy and straightforward. I found the telescope very easy to use.
I am really pleased with it and after attaching my DSLR with the aid of an extension sleeve, I am more than happy with the quality of the photos I was able to take.
31 October 2020 | Peter
My first purchase from FLO and it was first class service. I bought the ST80 as a guide scope for my SCT and am impressed with the value for money that this offers. I would have bought the guide scope pack that FLO offer, but the 1.25" extension tube seems to be unavailable. I decided to buy the ST80 and ASI120MM mini separate and see how much back focus was needed. What I discovered was that the supplied Barlow can be adapted by unscrewing the lens to give enough extension so the the ASI120MM mini can be used with its also supplied extension. It fits nice and rigidly and I'm pretty confident flexure will not be too much of an issue.
My scope was mounted to the SCT on a custom made bar. The rings can be removed from the mounting block and are taped M6. This keeps the profile lower and helps rigidity.
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