William Optics GT-81 IV - Checked & Tuned

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William Optics GT-81 IV - Checked & Tuned Space Grey

£1245.00 £1086.00

About this product

Model:  wo_gt81_iii_gd
Part Number:  A-F81GTIVGD

This latest model has a 2.5" R&P focuser and a Camera Angle Rotator. 

Optical Bench Test

FLO tests all William Optics triplet refractor telescopes before dispatch. 

You can be confident your telescope will, from the outset, have well figured optics, negligible false colour and spherical aberration, and no astigmatism (the bane of any optical system!).

Star shapes will be round, not triangular, oval or egg-shaped!

The William Optics GT-81 APO Triplet refractor features a 3-element f/5.9 objective with an Ohara FPL-53 extra-low-dispersion glass element for optimum colour correction and a new upgraded dual-speed 2-inch Rack & Pinion focuser with 1:10 Dual Speed. 

The William Optics 0.8x focal reducer is also available to reduce the focal ratio to a fast f4.72. 

An excellent telescope for astrophotography!

Includes tube rings, carry handle/guider mounting saddle & Bahtinov focus mask. 


  • Triplet air-spaced optics with FPL-53 ED element in adjustable CNC machined lens cell.
  • Fully Multi-Coated optics for high contrast and maximum light transmission.
  • F/5.9 f-ratio, so a good choice for astrophotography.
  • Optional William Optics 0.8x focal reducer is available to reduce the focal ratio to a fast f4.72.
  • New robust 2.5" Rack and Pinion focuser with 1:10 dual speed.
  • Retractable dew-shield with patented Bahtinov focus mask.
  • Carry handle/guider mounting saddle
  • Very compact for carrying on flights.
  • 2" & 1.25" adapter included.
  • Anti-marring brass compression rings.
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty.

What's in the box

  • Telescope OTA
  • Vixen compatible dovetail plate
  • Carry Handle
  • Bahtinov Mask
  • 2" to 1.25" Adapter
  • Soft Carry Bag


Focal RatioF/5.9
Focal Length478mm
Resolving Power1.43"
Limiting Magnitude12.2
Objective TypeThree element with FPL-53 Air Spaced, Fully Multi-Coated,STM coatings
Lens ShadeRetractable
2.5" Rack and Pinion Focuser1:10 fine focus
1.25" Adapter
Field StopsKnife-Edge Baffles
L-type MountBracket
Tube Diameter90mm
Tube Length(390 mm) Fully Retracted
Tube Weight3.95kg

Customer reviews

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Great Scope at this price point
24 April 2023  | 

Ok, this is not a Takahashi, however it is perfectly good for most applications and good value at this price point. The mechanics are good, the fit and finish is excellent, the inclusion of a manual rotator is nice and with the correct flattener the star shapes are pretty nice for the most part. I have had some wonderful images over the last 6 months with this scope, definitely my most productive period since I started the hobby many years ago. The only sad point is that my 132FLT rarely gets used now! I wish the scope came with a finder bracket on the body, if you are using a guide scope and plan mounting a PC or ASIair, you need to purchase a finder bracket separately which is a pain, made worse if you forget to order at the same time and have to wait longer to be up and running!!

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Pin-point stars everywhere
21 August 2021  | 

This is a superb piece of triplet, with medium reach. Great scope for most of the nebulas and few of the galaxies. With the flattener, the stars are round corner to corner. Luckily, I got the red one, which nicely matches with ZWO environment and GEM28. As usual, all the advice given by Alex prior to purchase regarding backfocus, attaching the camera and so on. 5 stars for the scope and FLO. I would give 6 for Alex. Cheers.

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Excellent service
03 October 2020  | 

Five stars for both the telescope and the service! The GT81 is absolutely fantastic for astrophotography and has the great quality associated with WO gear. Purchasing through FLO gives peace of mind having had the Es Reid optical check and FLO’s service was great as they kept me updated on how the order was progressing and answered queries I had.


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