Stellarvue 80ED Nighthawk Next Generation - Deluxe
Posted 14 May 2008 - 06:40 AM
Posted 14 May 2008 - 07:55 AM
Sounds like a great performer and nice looker, too.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:33 AM
Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:34 AM
My BIG telescope is only 80mm too.
Its still amazing what they allow you to see though.
I really like those mounts.
Great review and pics.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 09:15 AM
I wish I had added more about the new multi reticle RDF.
It is an all metal version (quite heavy) and has 3 settings for different displays. It also has variable intensity, but unlike the other SV RDF's in my stable, it has multiple click stop settings instead of the potentiometer effect of the originals.
The SV80ED is a fun little scope and it gives a clean enough view that I don't see myself having to upgrade in the future in the 80mm class of scopes. It meets my needs well.
If I was heavily into imaging I might spring for a triplet with a field flattener, but I am just a visual geek and the SV80ED seems suited towards that environment.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 09:26 AM
Posted 14 May 2008 - 10:45 AM
I have a review of the original Nighthawk (the AT1010N) coming out as soon as the powers that be check it for errors.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 12:18 PM
Great little performer !
Posted 14 May 2008 - 12:21 PM
IMO you did a really nice job reporting your shakedown of the Stellervue NHNG. It inluded a good and thorough evaluation of the optics and your observing tests for chromatic aberration.
On a personal note, two years ago I was looking to replace my achro which came with problems (widely published) and was looking long and hard at the NHNG. I got to the point of sending an e-mail inquiry to Vic Maris (which he quickly and graciously answered). But with a lot of help I was able to get my achro improved so I backed off from this scope.
It's a nice telescope and you wrote a really nice review of it IMHO FWIW.
Oh, BTW, you thought that dew shield could have been longer. In proportion to the OTA diameter, it appears longer than that for my achro. You must be used to those super long dew shields for the NH Classics. I thought that with that dew shield the NH Classic looked way cool.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 12:30 PM
Mark I owned 3 SV scopes before the SV80ED and all 3 had the longer style of dewshield (my 2 Nighthawk AT1010N's and my SV102V). I think the aesthetics of those scopes are top notch.
The dewshield on the SV80ED never allowed dewing for the couple of months I tested it so it must work just fine, I just like a looooooong dewshield.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 12:40 PM
Posted 14 May 2008 - 12:51 PM
Meat and potatoes style.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 02:59 PM
Until then I will reserve judgement.
I will be sending a handful of scopes to Astronomics for the Zygo treatment.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 04:54 PM
Posted 14 May 2008 - 05:53 PM
I hope to do so in the future to see how it stands up (but I have a good idea how those comparrisons would turn out).
This is a good little scope and should provide years of happiness, but it is just shy of apo level performance as far as color correction is concerned.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:37 PM
Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:39 PM
I seriously doubt that.
Tom has the review thing down to a science.
I'm just poking in the dark.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:44 PM
That article seems to be spot on..
Posted 14 May 2008 - 08:57 PM
I forgot to mention earlier, I appreciated your inclusion of the mount discussion .... after all, satisfaction with a particular scope is truly a sum of the parts. Again, nice job.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 09:26 PM
Great report. My SV80ED continues to impress me too, can't wait for my SV90T to arrive! Like others, I would really like to see a shoot-out between the SV80ED and maybe a TV85 or a Tak 90 or a WO 80, etc...
Keep 'em coming Scott!