Tele Vue 85mm f/7 APO Refractor
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Tele Vue 85mm f/7 APO Refractor

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Model:  tv_scp_85_ota_w
Part Number:  WXO-3372

With APO performance and airline portability, the Tele Vue-85 has been delighting astronomy and birding enthusiasts and reviewers alike.

"The lens itself is a thing of beauty. It is an apochromatic doublet lens of 600mm, giving a focal ratio of f/7. Apochromats are designed to eliminate all false colours from the image. There are many such telescopes that do this with greater or lesser success; the TV-85 does it superlatively. On a bright near full Moon, I could detect no false colour whatsoever. Stars were absolutely pin-sharp and the sense of being in space when looking through a low power, wideangle eyepiece is astonishing."  Ninian Boyle writing for Astronomy Now Full Review

"The Tele Vue 85mm f/7 APO refractor is truly an incredible instrument with superb, well-corrected optics. The scope's mechanical construction is also first class all the way. Whether you are traveling half way around the world to photograph a total solar eclipse or just casually observing from your backyard, the Tele Vue 85 offers today's amateurs an extremely powerful, compact instrument capable of delivering stunning images of the universe around us. This scope is a real gem!"  Chris Cook writing for Sky & Telescope

"Reviewers ... Jaws dropped in amazement. As dusk fell and Canada Geese settled almost invisibly onto Sapsucker Woods pond, the TeleVue resolved the same crisp feather detail at 75x as the Kowa could at 60x, and when we backed the TeleVue down to 60x, it was as if a light had been turned on inside the scope."  Dr. Ken Rosenberg, director of conservation science at Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology.

An optional 3-element Tele Vue TRF-2008 0.8x Reducer/Flattener is available that converts the TV-85 to 480mm f/5.6 for fast flat-field photography. With 48mm filter thread inserts, it fits directly into the 2" focuser and accepts standard T-rings for 35mm cameras. 


  • 85mm f/7 APO (doublet) refractor
  • 2-Element / 1-Group optical design
  • 2" Focusmate Dual-speed / 10:1 rack & pinion focuser
  • Sliding metal dew shield
  • Screw-on metal lens cover
  • 600mm focal length
  • Weights 2.7kg / 5.95lb
  • 4.4º / 225x Max. Visual field / Max. rec. power
  • Includes custom fitted soft case

Telescope Field of View Simulator

Soft Case

  • Custom fitted case fits TV-85 only.
  • Dual hand-carry straps with padded palm closure.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with pad.
  • Dual zippers on lid.
  • Ring Mount and Starbeam friendly.
  • Foam cutouts for Starbeam, 1 x 2" eyepiece, & 5 x 1¼" eyepieces.
  • Approximate maximum exterior dimensions (excluding handles and strap): 23½ x 9 x 5½-inches (60 x 23 x 14-cm).
  • Approximate empty weight: 1.85-lb (0.8-kg).

TV-85 case open, revealing eyepiece and Starbeam cutouts.

TV-85 case closed.

What's in the box

  • Tele Vue 85 OTA
  • Sliding metal dew shield
  • Screw-on metal lens cover
  • Focusmate dual-speed / 10:1 focuser
  • Soft carry case


Model TV-85
Type APO (Doublet) Refractor (Elements/Groups: 2/1)
Objective (mm) 85
Focal Length (mm) 600
Focal Ratio (f/#) 7
Length OTA (inch) 19
Length with diagonal (inch) 21.9  (with 2-inch diagonal)
Weight OTA/Std. Config (lbs) 5.95 / 5.95
Drawtube/Focuser 2-inch, Focusmate dual-speed rack/pinion
Maximum Visual Field (deg.) 4.4 (with 2-inch 55mm Plössl)
Maximum Recommended Power (x) 225

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Marvellous telescope, majestic views.
10 December 2018  | 

Already owning a Tele Vue Genesis 100mm F5, and having borrowed a Pronto, buying the Tele Vue 85 as a travel snd grab & go refractor was always on the cards. I chose a green tubed one, which FLO sold me.

The 85 is tough. Not as light as some other makes, but robust enough to go in baggage. I particuarly like its retractable dew shield and thivk screw on lens cap. Good armour for the objective lens when on the move.

Focuser on the 85 is 2 speed and superb for both general and fine focusing.

This gem of a telescope gives great views whether looking at solar system sights, star sweeping, open & globular clusters and brighter nebulae.

My favourite eyepieces, the Explore Scientific 92 12mm and 17mm in the TV 85, give between them deep immersive "spacewalk" views, especially of the Milky Way.


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