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80mm Apogee Refractor
[User Review]  | 09/17/09 | by Jesse Carroll
I've had a prototype built for me by Sheldon Faworski, in 1995. It has a semi-apochromat of 560 mm F: 7. Sourced in Canada, for $80.... long gone days!!. . .

80mm f/6 Stellarvue Refractor Review:
[User Review]  | 05/30/00 | by Darwin Bagley
I received my 80mm f/6 Stellarvue May 30, 2000. On June 21, 2000, Vic Maris, of Stellarvue, wrote to me and told me that the focuser drawtube in my scope i. . .

80mm Vixen Fluorite
[User Review]  | 11/15/03 | by Chauveau Mathieu
I did some star-testing (to which I am not used to with refractors), and it’s a total waste of time, they look just like in the books; the lenses are still. . .

A 6 Introductory Scope Roundup and Review
[User Review]  | 04/15/99 | by Tony Flanders
In April 1999, Tony Flanders sent out a call for participants in a "cheap" scope review project. The motivation was that there are plenty of potential beg. . .

A Beginners Review of the 80mm Megrez F6 Refractor
[User Review]  | 03/21/03 | by Richard Beasley
I placed an ad on Astromart wanted short tube refractor with a 2"focuser. I received a response from a guy named John Garin, he said he had an 80mm Megrez,. . .

Antares Sentinel 80mm
[User Review]  | 03/08/06 | by Ian Candler
Review of the Antares Sentinel 80mm Refractor. . .

Apogee 80mm ED refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Doug Hoy
Given the requests for first-hand experience with the new Apogee 80 mm ED, I thought I'd go down to my local Apogee dealer and have a look. The following i. . .

Apogee's 80mm Richest-Field Refractor
[User Review]  | 08/26/05 | by George Methvin
The Apogee 80mm refractor has a focal length of 464mm and is an f/5.8. The tube is aluminum and has a protective grey-silver paint on the scope. This is n. . .

Astro-Physics 92mm f/7 Stowaway
[User Review]  | 10/18/02 | by Sean Golden
I've been able to use the Stowaway now under a variety of seeing conditions with a variety of eyepieces, so I feel comfortable reporting on its performance. . .

Astro-Physics Stowaway APO
[User Review]  | 12/21/05 | by Joe Bergeron
One day in February 1997, as I idled at my seaside campsite at the Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys, enjoying the balmy breezes and sipping cups of ch. . .

Astro-Tech ED80
[User Review]  | 07/06/06 | by Ken Hubal
Tom Trusock's preliminary report falls short in the area concerning optical performance. After several nights of testing on both the Moon and Jupiter, I fo. . .

AstroTelescopes 80mm f7 ED
[User Review]  | 12/10/09 | by Scott Holland
Opening the case, I found the usual foam inserts with cutouts for the scope, a couple of 2" eyepiece cutouts, three 1.25" eyepiece cutouts, and a rectan. . .

Borg Refractors: The "80 mm" Family: Part 1: Borg 50 mm F/10 Apochromatic Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/00 | by David A. Novoselsky
As I found out in researching the Borg products before purchasing my 125 ED, unlike virtually any other telescope, the Borg refractors are completely modul. . .

Borg Refractors: The "80 mm" Family: Part 2: Borg 76 mm F/6.6 Apochromatic Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by David A. Novoselsky
As I found out in researching the Borg products before purchasing my 125 ED, unlike virtually any other telescope, the Borg refractors are completely modul. . .

Borg Refractors: The "80 mm" Family: Part 3: BORG 100 MM F/6.4 ACHROMATIC & APOCHROMATIC REFRACTORS
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by David A. Novoselsky
The background discussion relating to the Borg 100 Achro and 100 ED is identical to the 50ED reviewed elsewhere at this site. If you have already read that. . .

Brandon 80mm F/6 Apochromat
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Keith Molkner
The Brandon 80mm F/6 Apo is a most interesting telescope. Many people know that the manufacturer, VernonScope, sold an 80mm short focus refractor as an "ap. . .

Brandon Master Birder
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Allister St. Claire
Its an achromat, it's a semi-apo, no - its an apo. The opinions and confusion surrounding this harmless little scope is bewildering. One would think with a. . .

Celestron 80MM "Wide View" Spotting Scope
[User Review]  | 09/27/03 | by David Knisely
There are some times when I have just wanted something to give me a quick low-power look at things when it seems too much of a bother to lug around my ten . . .

Celestron Astromaster 90mm review
[User Review]  | 02/19/12 | by Mark Scott
As a first scope for my son I think it will serve him well for years to come.. . .

Celestron C80ED
[User Review]  | 12/03/05 | by Peter Hansen
Celestron C80ED refractor. . .

Celestron Firstscope 80EQ
[User Review]  | 05/02/00 | by Stephen Gibson Sr.
I purchased my Celestron first scope 80 eq. In December, 1996. I had the scope about 1 year before my first use. Initial set up took 45mins. The scope came. . .

Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope Package 21048-OP - 80 EQ Telescope 21048 with Motor Drive 93514
[User Review]  | 12/11/09 | by Mark Sortzi
My main telescope is a Meade LXD55 AR6, which I love, but is pretty heavy and hard to move and requires 20-30 minutes of setup time. So I wanted a . . .

Celestron Rich Field 80
[User Review]  | 09/27/03 | by Keith Molkner
The Celestron RF80 is an 80mm F/5 achromatic refractor that can do double duty as a terrestrial spotting scope and a wide field astronomical instrument. Al. . .

Comparison test: Astro-Physics Stowaway and Vixen 90 mm fluorite
[User Review]  | 08/21/99 | by Jay Reynolds Freeman
On 21 August, 1999, several observers went to Fremont Peak State Park, near San Juan Bautista, California. The main target was the 9-day Moon, and we plann. . .

Darwin Bagleys Magnum Opus
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Darwin Bagley
Over the last year, I have started to re-collect a handful of different inexpensive eyepieces just for the fun of it. I sold a bunch of them years back in . . .

Explore Scientific 80mm Triplet Apochromat
[User Review]  | 08/31/09 | by Tom Faller
The scope comes in a really heavy duty carrying case, the bombproof type you use to store small supercomputers or big expensive cameras. It has provision. . .

Explore Scientific ED80 Triplet
[User Review]  | 12/17/09 | by Miles Jaffe
The ES 80mm F/6 OTA is the same unit as the Meade 5000 and a few others. It is solidly built, has a smooth 10:1 focuser, an illuminated 8x50 erect image fi. . .

Highly Satisfying Astronomy on the Cheap – Two Very Inexpensive Used Telescopes
[User Review]  | 12/18/09 | by Ben Bartine
Quite often I see notes from budding astronomers, asking which set of new equipment they should buy. It seems they are ready to fork out big $$ to get. . .

Meade 80mm Series 5000 ED APO
[User Review]  | 02/09/07 | by Keith Hitchman
While the Meade has a shorter focal ratio than my Zenithstar (f/6 vs. f/6.9), I'm not sure that I would like using the Meade for astrophotography. . .

Meade DS 90EC (90mm f/11.1 Achromatic Refractor with Autostar)
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by A. Irizarry
Having been absent from the hobby for more than 10 years, I recently got bitten by the bug again. Since I live in a moderately light polluted suburban area. . .

Meade ETX-80 AT-TC
[User Review]  | 01/04/07 | by Luca Cheli
Enter the ETX-80, short refractor, goto empowered RFT at an interesting price of 400 euro (certainly higher than in the USA, but that's usual for telesco. . .

Meade ETX-80AT
[User Review]  | 01/06/10 | by John Yeung
If you plan to not use the AutoStar feature and want to just manually point to objects in the sky, then you will have to purchase a. . .

Meade ETX90-RA
[User Review]  | 12/15/09 | by Tristan Schwartz
When I got the opportunity to put the classic ETX through its paces, I was left with a mixed impression of the scope. I can understand both viewpoints. . .

Megrez 80 II ED Triplet APO
[User Review]  | 11/02/05 | by Fred Hissink
An affordable APO with many pleasant surprises . . .

Megrez 80 Super Apochromat Triplet
[User Review]  | 04/14/04 | by Jonas Forste
Well now, the scope sure is bigger than on any of the photos I have looked at on the net. The focuser is of Crayford type and very sturdy and super smooth,. . .

Megrez 80SD
[User Review]  | 06/22/04 | by David Fung
Astronomy, in some way or another, has always been an interest of mine. In the early 2001, I started to read books and get interested in the night sky. It . . .

Megrez ED vs Megrez Fluorite
[User Review]  | 06/20/06 | by Fred Hissink
The big world of Apochromats, Extra low Dispersion and Fluorite is still a very confusing one. . .

Orion 80mm ED Refractor
[User Review]  | 12/15/03 | by Bill Grass
After reading so many excellent reviews about Orion's new 80mm f/7.5 ED refractor, I was really torn about whether or not I should buy one of these little . . .

Orion 80mm ED Refractor
[User Review]  | 12/15/03 | by Bill Grass
After reading so many excellent reviews about Orion's new 80mm f/7.5 ED refractor, I was really torn about whether or not I should buy one of these little . . .

Orion 80mm f/7.5 ED Refractor vs Masked 80mm Televue 102 ED Refractor
[Shootout | 12/14/03 | by Wing Eng
In particular, I tried out an Orion Expanse 6mm eyepiece which yielded 100X and found the sun’s point-image as reflected by telephone pole insulators sever. . .

Orion AstroView 90mm EQ Refractor
[User Review]  | 12/31/05 | by Justin Dildine
As is the case with most amateur astronomers I began my hobby with a 60mm "department store junk" refractor.. . .

Orion ED80
[User Review]  | 09/14/03 | by David Goodrich
The focuser works as advertised, and look Mom, no gears! Most of the Synta/ Orion/ Celestron refractors have a rack and pinion focuser which has a geared s. . .

Orion Explorer 90
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Wayne R. Crauder
My first scope was a 3" reflector in my preteen days. Through it I looked at the planets, the moon, and Sputnik. I have had other many other scopes, and at. . .

Orion ShortTube 80
[User Review]  | 04/10/08 | by Zeno Sirbu
Orion ShortTube 80-T Refractor quick review . . .

Orion ShortTube 80-T with Orion Paragon Fluid Head Tripod
[User Review]  | 12/22/09 | by Hae Park
Build quality seems adequate, with no department-style telescope finish visible. OTA felt . . .

Orion Skywatcher 90 EQ Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Duncan Rosie
I'm a newbie here, at astronomy and 'scope reviews, so please bear with the lack of technical fundamentals and descriptions of far flung galactic delights!. . .

Orion ST80 & Stellarvue Nighthawk
[User Review]  | 12/19/05 | by Rob Nichols
80mm Refractors for Beginner or Expert . . .

Orion Star Seeker 80 Goto Refractor
[User Review]  | 03/23/10 | by Eric Zeiner
The reasons I chose to purchase this scope are manifold. Firstly, was the price, I was looking for a wide field goto refractor that wouldn’t break the bank. . .

Orion Ultrascan
[User Review]  | 09/27/03 | by Paul Walsh
NOTE: This scope is quite similar to the Apogee 80mm scope previously reviewed here at Cloudy Nights. There are enough differences, however, that I felt it. . .

Orion VX80 Altazimuth Refractor (The "other" 80mm telescope)
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Les Blalock
I recently decided that the ideal grab-and-go scope would be a small, long-focus refractor on an alt/azm mount. The Orion VX80 (80mm f/11.4). Altazimuth Re. . .

Orion’s Astroview 90mm f/10 Refractor
[User Review]  | 03/29/03 | by Blair Slayton
One problem with this setup is that when you wish to look at objects at the apex of the sky. Even with the mount fully extended (which increases vibration). . .

Short Tube 80
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Rod Mollise
My little Eagle Optics Celestron 80mm f5 refractor arrived this PM. Actually, it was waiting for me when I got home from work (balky TACAN unit on a destro. . .

Short Tube 90
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Mark Minasi
I've discovered the 14" SCT is a bit hard to bring along as carry on... (And please, you macho types who actually break down their 14-25" inch scopes a. . .

Sky Watcher 90AR-AZ3 90mm f/10.11 Achromatic Refractor
[User Review]  | 06/27/10 | by Eric Zeiner
Aside from the original problems with the mount and a substandard diagonal and Barlow, this scope performed way beyond what I had expected. Would I buy ano. . .

Sky Watcher SW 80AR-AZ4A Telescope
[User Review]  | 02/16/12 | by Mike Carr
This good looking traditional scope would be quite at home in a high end living room, used for viewing yachts on the harbor, birds in the trees, or mounta. . .

Sky-Watcher GreatStart 90mm Refractor on AZ3 Alt-Azimuth Mount
[User Review]  | 12/22/09 | by John Knefel
My first views through the scope were a disappointment. At first i was going to return it but . . .

Stellarvue 102 EDT and Tele Vue 85
[Shootout | 05/17/02 | by Craig Carver
The difference between the two was especially apparent to me during daytime terrestrial viewing. Having used the apo for a couple of years as a spotting sc. . .

Stellarvue 80/9D Refractor
[User Review]  | 09/15/03 | by Blair Slayton
The scope does come with a red dot finder but I prefer a right angle, correct view, 50mm viewfinder. The right angle provides more comfort when searching f. . .

Stellarvue 80/9D Refractor and Other Topics
[User Review]  | 06/28/05 | by Blair Slayton
The scope most useful for my key interests that didn't cost a fortune, like an APO scope, is the 80/9D.. . .

Stellarvue 80ED Nighthawk Next Generation Deluxe
[User Review]  | 05/14/08 | by Scott Beith
I have been seriously active in amateur astronomy since 2002.. . .

Stellarvue 80mm f/6 Review
[User Review]  | 10/29/00 | by D. Hennig, M.Sc.
When my scope arrived just after my birthday in June, I was elated! I only had a 5 week wait, compared to some, who've had MUCH longer. The scope was neatl. . .

Stellarvue 80mm f/6 Review
[User Review]  | 10/29/00 | by D. Hennig, M.Sc.
When my scope arrived just after my birthday in June, I was elated! I only had a 5 week wait, compared to some, who've had MUCH longer. The scope was neatl. . .

Stellarvue 90T Apo
[User Review]  | 08/14/06 | by David Owen
In March of this year I had the opportunity to plan a two week family trip to Hawaii.. . .

Stellarvue AT1010
[User Review]  | 11/20/03 | by Robert E. Brawn
No matter how well a product looks unless it performs up to its design limitations it’s of little value. I can honestly state that the little AT1010 does n. . .

Stellarvue AT1010 Nighthawk
[User Review]  | 07/06/03 | by John Kocijanski
I am quite impressed with the views through this scope. With only 78mm clear aperture to work with it shows a lot. The views of deep sky objects are impres. . .

Stellarvue AT1010N Nighthawk
[User Review]  | 05/20/08 | by Scott Beith
I have been seriously active in amateur astronomy since 2002. . .

Stellarvue F80 Finder
[User Review]  | 01/07/09 | by Bob Christ
Stellarvue F80M Finderscope: A Versatile Performer. . .

Stellarvue Nighthawk II & Binoviewer
[User Review]  | 06/26/06 | by David Elosser
I guess I could call it the reverse curse; Every time I purchase a telescope or accessory, I get a few clear nights to enjoy my new acquisition. . .

Stellarvue SV80 Triplet APO
[User Review]  | 01/03/06 | by Phillip Jones
The purpose of this review is to discuss the SV80s refractor from three perspectives: as a visual scope, as a CCD astrograph, and an examination of the le. . .

Stellarvue SV85S APO
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Randy Roy
Since I mentioned focus, I'll stop and mention the focuser. The two-speed JMI 2" crayford focuser Stellarvue uses on its premium scopes is simply a work of. . .

Takahashi Sky 90 (aka, FCL-90)
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by David A. Novoselsky
When building its earlier doublets, Takahashi remained conservative in its offerings, staying with relatively 'slow' focal ratios to avoid problems with sp. . .

Takahashi Sky 90 apochromatic refractor
[User Review]  | 08/18/04 | by Kevin Berwick
I recently bought a Takahashi Sky 90 telescope and have being using it for around 6 months now. Let me say at this point that I have no undisclosed interes. . .

Takahashi Sky-90 SV
[User Review]  | 02/19/10 | by Chris Thomasel
When I received the scope, it was just as many said it was going to be. Packed extremely well and very well built. However, I didn’t deem it any more well . . .

Tele vue 85
[User Review]  | 09/15/02 | by Richard Beasley
Overall I like the TV85 optically better than my C102, but is does not compare well with the 8” newt. I did not buy it to outperform the newt. I bought it . . .

Tele Vue 85 Refractor
[User Review]  | 01/01/06 | by Joe Silverman
I purchased a Televue 85 an f7 refractor to complement my 12". . .

Tele Vue 85m and Celestron 8" SCT (a Comparison)
[Shootout | 04/17/03 | by Bruce Housey
My TV85 is an 85mm f/7 refractor mounted on the Telepod mount and tripod. I have only owned this telescope a little over a month, and am currently using it. . .

Tele Vue 85mm APO & Accessories
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by David McHarg
In general I have found that whilst the little 85 may lack in aperture the contrast on objects is very good not to mention wide field views, portability an. . .

TeleVue 85
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Clyde Crewey
If you have any interest at all in nature viewing (and of course you do if you like astronomy), you really should have a look through a TV-85. Looking at c. . .

Televue 85mm APO & Accessories Cont’d
[User Review]  | 02/04/04 | by David McHarg
On deep sky wide field viewing this is where the little TV85 shines and its also the reason I think if you buy this little scope then you really should fac. . .

The Celestron C80ED
[User Review]  | 09/12/05 | by Dennis Steele
I became curious about the Celestron C80ED after I saw a description of the scope on the Celestron website. This was just before Celestron was sold to Synt. . .

The Remarkable AT90EDT
[User Review]  | 09/19/10 | by Doug Bailey
I can find nothing about this scope I do not like. Visually or photographically it is more than up to the challenge. Planetary detail, double star splittin. . .

The Stellarvue 80mm Apo upgrade
[User Review]  | 07/12/10 | by Alejandro Gastélum
I have this lens for a year and I am happy with it, I do recommend the upgrade if you have any 80mm f/6 doublet.. . .

The Televue TV-85 versus the Vixen VX-102ED
[User Review]  | 10/15/00 | by Alan Figgatt
Last January I brought a new evergreen Televue TV-85 APO refractor for use as a portable and quick setup scope. My main scope is a Celestron 9.25" SCT on a. . .

The TMB-92L
[User Review]  | 06/17/10 | by Otto Piechowski
In terms of the detail seen and the quality of the contrast in seeing the detail visible, the 92L abides by the basic rule that nothing is gained by a magn. . .

TMB 80/600 (Matthias Wirth Version)
[User Review]  | 01/21/04 | by Karl Augenstein
For the past several years I have been searching for the “perfect” combination of telescopes for my viewing needs, a large aperture, quick set-up scope for. . .

TMB/BOC 80mm f/11 Planet Hunter
[User Review]  | 12/02/06 | by William Paolini
First Light with the TMB/BOC 80mm F/11 Planet Hunter. . .

TMB/Burgess Planet Hunter 80
[User Review]  | 05/12/07 | by Peter Hansen
In the interest of full disclosure - I received this Planet Hunter 80 refractor as a first place award from Astronomics for my entry in the recent Cloudyn. . .

TMB92SS with FeatherTouch Focuser
[User Review]  | 12/11/09 | by Tom Nirider
The TMB92SS, now this is a telescope I can get excited about! Perhaps I should say right up front that I love this telescope. It . . .

Vernonscope "Brandon" 94mm f/6.8 Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Clive Gibbons
The first object I observed with this scope was one of the toughest color tests for a refractor-- Venus. At low magnification (63x), as seen against a dark. . .

Vixen 80SSwt Refractor
[User Review]  | 12/22/05 | by Brian DeRidder
I have had a curiosity with the Heavens since I was a child. . .

Vixen 90mm f9 Fluorite Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Jim Yang
Mechanically, the scope weighs about 7 lbs, is fairly long (27.5" w/o focuser, w/ dewcap; 22.5 without dewcap) and mounts on anything. I have had it on . . .

Vixen A80M - a quick view
[User Review]  | 12/23/05 | by Blair Slayton
Quality 80mm achromats refractors with a focal length longer than 480mm will probably be gone soon. . . .

Vixen ED80SF
[User Review]  | 12/01/06 | by Dave Ponder
Just to give some background info, I have been a very amateur astronomer for almost 40 years. . .

Vixen VMC 95 L f/11 MAK / CAS Telescope and the MINI-PORTA Tripod and Mount
[User Review]  | 12/05/11 | by George Stonebreaker
As I get older I find that I am more inclined to use the most portable equipment more often than the heavier bigger aperture. It is very light weight, easy. . .

Vixen’s FL80s - 3.2” F/8 Fluorite Apochromat Refractor.
[User Review]  | 08/01/04 | by Damian Peach
Initial viewing was very pleasing – the solar disk had great sharpness and contrast, with granulation easily seen using a 25mm Plossl giving 27x. Sunspots . . .

William Optics 80mm Doublet Upgrade
[User Review]  | 03/29/06 | by Timm Bottoni
Upgrade your 80mm WO scope with a doublet fluorite lens. . .

William Optics FLT-98
[User Review]  | 10/20/08 | by Paul Gordon
William Optics FLT-98 Carbon Fibre APO Triplet Refractor. . .

William Optics Megrez 80 SD II & Icarus Mount
[User Review]  | 11/18/05 | by Mike B.
I purchased this entire setup, including a Celestron eyepiece kit for $958 right to my door.. . .

William Optics Megrez 80mm SD
[User Review]  | 01/04/06 | by Timm Bottoni
William Optics Megrez 80mm II SD Package. . .

William Optics Megrez 88FD
[User Review]  | 09/30/08 | by Yang Lim
Astronomy and optics have been my interests for quite awhile.. . .

William Optics Zenithstar 80
[Article | 02/10/05 | by Fred Hissink
I have owned several shorttube telescopes in the past, so testing the newborn child in the William Optics-family was a nice task… After a few years of obse. . .

WO Zenithstar Fluorite Doublet and Vixen Mount
[User Review]  | 11/13/06 | by Simon Packer
William Optics Zenithstar Flourite Doublet with Vixen Porta Mount. . .

Zeiss AS80/840 Telescope Making Project
[User Review]  | 03/23/05 | by Kevin Barker
Effectively the AS 80/840 lens which has an f ratio of f 10.5 has a secondary spectrum similar to that of an f-15 traditional flint crown achromat. As the . . .

Zenithstar 80 Review: Part 1
[User Review]  | 09/19/05 | by Otto Piechowski
The companion of Polaris and the four components of epsilon Lyrae were visible at 38X. I was able to detect the companion of epsilon Bootis by means of . . .

Zenithstar 80 Review: Part 2
[User Review]  | 10/25/05 | by Otto Piechowski
This scope provides a visual performance superior to an optimally collimated and planarised ST80; though not as good as a properly collimated ED80. . . .

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