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Model: stellamira_80mm_edPart Number: S500G-B03
The StellaMira 80mm ED refractor has fully multi-coated, air-spaced ED doublet optics with an ED glass lens equal to FPL-53 for sharp, high-contrast images virtually free of false colour.
An optional StellaMira 2" Field Flattener, or 2" 0.8x Reducer / Flattener, are available for astrophotography with a DSLR or dedicated astronomy camera. The Reducer / Flattener reduces the telescope's f-ratio to f/5. Both provide an imaging circle that covers sensor sizes up to and including APS-C.
The 2" dual-speed Rack & Pinion focuser provides smooth, precise focus adjustments.
Other features include a retractable aluminium dew shield and CNC Tube Rings with a Vixen-style dovetail for easy mounting on astronomy mounts.
When used for visual astronomy, the StellaMira 80mm ED provides wonderful views of the night sky.
The price includes an aluminium carry case for easy storage and transportation.
Air spaced ED Doublet, Includes 1x ED S-FPL-53 lens
Really nice scope with very good build quality. Tested it a number of times with very good results especially when paired with the Stellamira field flattener. Extremely good value for money overall and I couldn't notice any aberration in my photos. Also comes in a very nice hard case for carrying.
Not been able to use due to the persistent bad weather, but just looking at and feeling this scope it oozes quality, with just a short while observing with it I am eager to get out and put it to work as the optics are excellent nice and sharp and crystal clear, it comes with an added bonus of a nice sturdy carry case.Arrived well packed and on time as is the norm for FLO .
After using a W.O. Zenithstar 61 for the last 15 months, and lately a Skywatcher 150 pds the Stellamira replaces the Z61 on the EQ5 mount. On alignment with a Hyperion 17mm the chosen bright stars were as glowing points. Increasing to 12.5mm reticle and then adding a 2x Barlow (now at 80 Mag) they remained absolutely clear and distinct. When the clouds came I went in knowing this was winner. A few nights ago the sky was clear but not exactly transparent at the beginning to put it mildly - but to do the next test the Stellamira 80 f6.25 + Stellanira field flattener + Optolong L-Pro + required extensions to achieve 55mm backspace + modified Sony Nex-5N was tried out on 131 second exposures unguided at ISO1600. Unless at the end of the garden the house blocks the East. So IC405 was tried for 50 mins - then M65, M66,NGC3628 (in Leo)) had 100 mins, and finally IC4665 (Oph) near Cebelrai for 58 mins. Ic405, for its position and time, came out far better than I expected. IC4665, despite a short time and my lack of processing ability readily showed up some of the dust between the cluster and Cebelrai. With a telescope not associated with galaxies the testimony, in my opinion, to the quality of the objective and flattener was proved beyond doubt with detail seen in M66 and NGC3628 (less so in M65 being faintest and smallest) - at100% detail was very satisfying, at 200% easier to find additional detail - obviously with only 100 mins 200% was showing the low SNR. The point is, with a test on a nebula, a group of galaxies, and a star cluster near a bright star with modified dslr - the proven sensitivity and excellence of the optics with the asi2600MM is going to make the summer Milky Way an absolute delight...
Looks great. Good heavy, solid construction. The focuser appears similar to a Revelation-badged example I bought for my SCT a number of years ago, and works very well with all the range of adjustments ever likely to be needed. This scope was bought to enable high quality wide field views and doesn't disappoint. I have had superb visual views of the double cluster, rosette nebula, M42 and M45 amongst others and the stars remain clean and sharp across the whole field. Imaging the rosette with just a dslr and no flattener and with a standard T ring on the camera, (not the ideal combination), unexpectedly produced a lovely image when stacked and cropped to an estimated 85-90% to counteract slightly elongated stars and vignetting. With the flattener and M48 camera connector - on back order from FLO - I'm sure that most of the image within the bounds of normal stacking and cropping will be superb. I'm highly delighted with this telescope.
I am impressed by the quality of the telescope and its price really worth it, not tried yet, waiting for a clear sky, but I am sure that will give a nice results. Received in very fast way, excellent package. I am really satisfied with all. Thank you for the professional service of the FLO team.
I can't believe they can make this telescope for the price! The hybrid focuser is really strong yet smoyas glass. The fit and finish of the scope is as good as it gets. Only issue is the scope is not marked as having FPL53 glass (which it does have), so resale might be more difficult. I'm printing out the spec's so I have a record. Really a superb little 80mm. I couldn't be happier!
Bare with me this will all make sense....Ordered this scope late on Wednesday night, didn't expect to see it before Monday but it arrived Friday, that's almost next day delivery .So in order of appearance... The tube rings are housed separately from the scope which means some modification to the case compartment is on the cards. The other thing that was immediately obvious was there was some kind of movement on the back end of the scope which shouldn't be there and on close inspection i realised that the rear cell wasn't quit tightened to the main tube, easily remedied by tightening by hand, also noted was the three grub screws securing the rotation focuser to that cell required a little tightening, these three screws would benefit from a mild thread locker and will be receiving some shortly. Moving on... the 2" receptacle and the 1.25 adapter both have only one retaining screw but both 2" and 1.25" housings seem to be of very close Torrance and little or no deflection was noticeable with the equipment i have inserted into either. The tube rings are first class , they are well built with large thumb screws of aluminium and the hinges are solidly constructed with no slop or waggle in them, they can be opened to any position and will stay there... ( skywatcher pay attention). i like to have my tube rings as far apart as reasonably possible but this can make getting the outfit back in the case a problem but not so here, there is plenty of room to get the scope with its rings attached back in its case with only some modest modification , though this does hinder the dew shield travel . The focuser feel fabulous, its fairly heavily dampened, feel is how i like it , its smooth and the fine focus is light but not too light, there appears to be no backlash and the generous 90mm+ travel is very welcome. The tube its self seems very well balanced and constructed heavily, you certainly don't get the impression that this thing is made from left over coke cans and if like me you may consider weather to keep it in its case or on your mantle piece !!!... This telescope is beautiful, the gloss black is like the screen on a brand new phone (before you turn it on). so within half an hour i had the scope on my little ioptron cube and was imaging the sun ( this scope only comes with a vixen dove tail and my eq8 only excepts losmandy) ive been using a 80mm achromat for the last year or two and instantly became aware of how much easier the stella mira is to focus, no more focusing back and forth looking for best focus, now its either in focus or its not, as a previous reviewer says... the difference is night and day. The live view through this telescope exceeds 50 stacked images through my previous 80 refractor, I'm using a zwo 174mono and a zwo 294colour cameras both are close to under sampling at this focus length hence i didn't go for the field flattener . ps.. if your wondreing why i have a eq8 and a 80mm refractor ? its because i also have a 16" reflector and a 12" sct.......just saying !
The first thing that stuck me when I opened the case for the first time was the quality of the build - this is a very fine piece of engineering, well designed and beautifully put together. For me this telescope strikes a perfect balance between enough detail on the moon and still wide enough for deep sky. Haven't had chance to give it a really good run yet because I purchased the optional extra of extensive cloudy skies but so far a very happy customer.
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