Features an extra-low dispersion ED glass element equal to FPL-53, which virtually eliminates chromatic aberration.
The price includes the telescope, tube rings, Vixen-type dovetail, 2”/50.8mm Di-Electric Star Diagonal, 2" 28mm LES eyepiece, 9x50 finderscope and Aluminium case.
|Average Rating (12 Reviews): |
28 May 2023 | Rob
Early days but first impressions impressive. Feels quality and I look forward to using it on many nights in the future
Great Scope, focuser needed a little Adjusting
11 April 2023 | Neil
After several month of ownership, but only 5 nights of use I can give a quick review.
Case and accessories supplied all as expected, and having the Evostar 80 in a small flightcase makes taking out to a field nice and easy. A lot easier than shifting my Bresser NT-150L around.
A very easy scope for novices to use once set up one a mount, as have had friends and there children using the scope. All enjoyed using as seeing planets and the moon.
Only down side the focuses had a very tight spot around 1 inch from fully in. Needed adjusting on the mounting screws of the Crayford Focuser to adjust and the top screws that push against the internal compression plates to get a nice smooth action. As these were so tight the rollers on the inside left marks down the focus tube.
Unbeatable for its price.
02 December 2022 | Marek
I remember when these scopes have been introduced almost twenty years ago. They have very strong position in the astronomer's community ever since. There is a reason for that. They are great for astrophotography, superb grab and go scopes for visual and more. Wonderful optics for very little money in comparison to premium apo products. As an experienced astronomer I needed scope for visual (mainly lunar and planets). Coupled with AZ5 makes wonderful grab&go setup. Highly recommended.
14 January 2021 | Roger
Love this scope, it appears to be solid and well made, performance on the one time I've been able to use it (clouds of course) has been great. Performance from FLO has been just as good, from letting me know that the scope was in stock to receiving it took just two days. In this time of uncertainty(Covid) their service has been excellent.
Great optics, great package, poor focuser
14 February 2020 | Mark
From the moment I opened the Evostar 80ED package the stock focuser didn't work properly. It would only travel an inch or two before it started to slip. On fitting a heavier eyepiece it wouldn't move the draw tube at all. FLO were helpful as always, offering to take it back straight away. They even sent me some instructions to have a go at adjusting it myself, but unfortunately these didn't work for me. However at this point I decided that rather than return it I'd buy an upgraded focuser. After discussion and recommendation from FLO I bought a Baader Diamond Steeltrack to fit. Whilst this presented it's own challenges, I'm now very happy. The new focuser has given the scope a premium feel to match the superb optics. The rest of the DS-Pro Outfit package is great value for money, much better than I thought it would be. The Diagonal and Finder are decent quality and so is the 28mm eyepiece, which gives surprisingly good views.
If it wasn't for the poor focuser I'd be giving this package 5 stars. But as it is I'll knock one off for the poor Skywatcher quality control in my case.
Evostar 80ED - Great scope
10 March 2019 | Lee
Great scope - pin sharp, lovely views (wide field views being a great compliment to my bigger scopes). Surprised at the number & quality of extras supplied - especially the star diagonal. I'm looking forward to more visual and potentially astrophotography uses in the future.
25 May 2018 | David
Read all the reviews, this is a great scope for th money.
However, what the blurb doesn’t tell you,is all the extras that come in the box.
There is a 2” to 1.25” adapter so you can use all your existing eyepieces.
There is also a 2” T ring camera adapter and a short extension tube.
All things I either did buy, or thought I’d have to buy extra, before opening the box
27 April 2018 | Simon
I bought this scope after hearing great reviews from many people. Primarily this has been for visual use while I have been learning my way around the sky, but slowly I am turning it into a photography scope.
This has been a great scope for me for a couple of years, it is versatile and I can see it staying in my collection for a very long time.
Great for astrophotgraphy beginners
26 April 2018 | Scott
This was my first telescope purchase with AP in mind. For the money it really is excellent. I get lovely visuals of the moon and planets (albiet small with the shortish focal length) and I have got some great AP pictures from it too. I've heard quite a bit of criticism about the focusser not up to the job of handling camera equipment, but I have yet to encounter any issues with my DSLR camera.
The only issue I have had is with the left focusser knob falling off. The screw that tightens secures it to the pin is too loose.
Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a value for money astrophotgraphy refractor.
06 July 2013 | Frank
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.
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