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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Best service ever
Tuesday, 6 September 2022  | 

Five Stars for FLO ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thursday, 19 May 2022  | 

The scope itself is excellent, good quality and very well packaged in its foam filled case.
The true value here is the service from FLO. Chris answered each of my questions via email and very quickly, and still continues to do so when I need advice.
Ordered mid morning and in my hand next day. Brilliant service, good product, made better by customer service.

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Great first scope - even came with no clouds
Wednesday, 4 May 2022  | 

Thanks to FLO for the fantastic responses (and response times) for helping me choose a first scope, providing me with various other options to work with the Star Adventurer, before deciding on the 72ED.
The scope looks great and even came with 2 nights of clear skies to test it out!

The Crayford focuser was easy to use, but I also purchased a Bahtinov mask to assist with this on my DSLR and it worked really well. Also purchased the StellaMira field flattener for no loss of focal length and easily pulled in 2 minute guided subs on M51 and the Leo Triplet, with pinpoint stars and only 3 out of over 100 frames were unusable, probably due to wind more than anything else.

I actually managed to *just* balance this on the Star Adventurer with the short dovetail that comes with the 72ED, without the longer dovetail that I also purchased just in case. But to do so, I had to mount my ZWO guidescope on a ballhead onto the bottom thread of the DEC bracket on the Star Adventurer. No different to my 300mm canon lens setup, but I suspect this may need to be altered if/when I get a red dot scope to help with lining up the target and potentially a filter.
Overall, a superb first scope and amazing service from FLO to deliver on a day when I was at home. Thank you very much!

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Excellent service
Wednesday, 30 March 2022  | 

As always, first class service from FLO. Not only was this order and delivery fast and efficient they also kindly gave advice on all the associated orders on what I needed for my set up. The extra advice was AS GOOD as the order and delivery process. Top marks and thank you

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Wednesday, 2 March 2022  | 

My 1st "proper" scope for Astro photo's having used a number of prime and zoom lenses, i also bought the Flattener to go with it, it mounts on my Star Adventurer easily, i had to add an extra weight to help with balance, did around 1 hour of imaging M33 last week just before the clouds rolled in, Focus was spot on, the focuser was a breeze to use along with a Bahantov mask. Great fast service from Flo

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A must have
Thursday, 17 February 2022  | 

After reading a lot of opinions/reviews on to quality and built of the scope, I decided to order it and change my astrophotography setup I had, replacimg my Teletokina f800 lens. Best choice, indeed iI haf yo tweek a little the focuser because it was as with all Skywatcher products, they are great, but you need to tweek them for optimal results. From the first try, very clear images and easy to focus, I recomend changing the dovetail bar with a longer one if you have a dslr on it. Thank you FLO for your fast and profesional manner.

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Imaging scope that can be used for visual observations
Wednesday, 9 February 2022  | 

I wanted a small telescope that was shorter and lighter than the 80ED DS-PRO so I decided to give its smaller cousin a go, purely for visual use. If you are going down this path too, there are a couple of things you should be aware of. The otherwise excellent Crayford focuser has only 38mm of travel, and this is not enough to accommodate every combination of diagonal and eyepiece. I found that my 1.25 inch 45 degree erecting diagonal was the only diagonal which could achieve focus with all my eyepieces, with and without a Barlow. A 2-inch diagonal worked with 80% of my eyepieces but led to balance problems; also, it didn't work with my Barlow. I finally settled for a 90 degree 1.25 inch erecting diagonal with a 5mm parfocal spacer, which covers all the bases. Focus problem sorted, I tried the scope under a fairly hazy sky and was very pleased with the results: only slight field curvature and virtually no CA, so much better than my old ST80. Castor and Rigel were split easily and showed neat, circular, diffraction rings. And it makes a cracking birdwatching scope, too!

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Saturday, 22 January 2022  | 

I am so glad to be recommended the 72ed as my first dedicated astrophotography scope. I can't speak from great experience, but it has already surpassed my own expectations, the quality was evident straight out of the box and whilst beautifully lite, it feels very robust and well constructed. I would highly recommended this scope to anyone considering it.

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Evostar 72ED DS-Pro - highly recommended.
Friday, 21 January 2022  | 

Evostar 72ED DS-Pro its a very nice high quality telescope. Easy to use, image is crystal clear with the eye pieces I've order separate.
It's coming with a case, which is very helpful, but you have to order the Star Diagonal and eye pieces separately which will add an extra cost.
Shipping was fast (2-3 days) and communication with FLO was outstanding.

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Thursday, 6 January 2022  | 

Bought for travel and it didn't disappoint when used with a flattener on a light 5kg capacity mount. Sturdy box, super light OTA and after tweaking the tension on the focus tube to suit my needs (it was factory set quite light for me) focusing is a breeze and the movement very smooth. The focuser holds a fair bit of equipment even at the zenith without having to use the draw tube locking screw.

Viewing and AP has clear, crisp definition and little if any CA that I could see.

The end cap is a push fit and not a screw and the only niggle was the length of the vixen bar. It is just too short and I needed a longer one to achieve balance for AP. Hopefully skywatcher will consider this as that is the only minor thing.

Service from FLO, as usual, was excellent.

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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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