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A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet
      #6184442 - 11/09/13 10:56 AM

A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet

By Richard Flinn


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Re: A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6210564 - 11/23/13 12:38 AM

I'm absolutely gobsmacked that you were able to get that image of Andromeda with only an 80mm scope. I am *incredibly* impressed; that is an amazing, beautiful image.

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Re: A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet new [Re: Saint Aardvark]
      #6216014 - 11/25/13 08:17 PM

Thanks Hugh

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Re: A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet new [Re: rflinn68]
      #6225482 - 11/30/13 04:15 PM

I very interested in this scope now... I've been scouting for a decent small refractor for wide field imaging. I was bouncing back and forth on the WO GTF81 and the Orion ED80T CF. Now I think I have to throw this one in the mix. Ugh...

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Re: A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet new [Re: sayitfast]
      #6228587 - 12/02/13 08:44 AM

I enjoyed reading this review. For anyone interested, the Meade 6000 80mm APO is the same scope but comes with rings, diagonal, and multiple reticle finder. I think the Orion triplet is also the same optics in a carbon fiber tube.

I have a Meade 6000 in transit as I type this!


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Re: A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet new [Re: KevH]
      #6230197 - 12/02/13 08:47 PM

Great article! I especially liked the great images taken with the scope. Thank you.

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Re: A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #6256121 - 12/16/13 11:43 AM

Thanks Matt...KevH, yes they are exactly the same scope as the Meade. I already had the Meade 2" diagonal and that scope is $999. I got my Levenhuk for $625 (special deal). I'm currently looking into the 130mm or maybe the 115mm. Most likely the 130mm because I'd like to replace my 800mm focal length AT8IN f/4 newt with something of similar focal length. The 130mm with a 0.8X reducer would be 728mm f/5.6 and the 115 would be 644mm. Not really a huge difference so I'm considering both. Expect a test/review of one of these very soon. I'm hoping our bad weather here will break for a review in February or March.

sayitfast, I dont think you can wrong with any of these choices. Just remember you will need to be fine with the f/6.6 optics of the GTF-81. Since it has a built-in flattener I dont think you'll be able to use a reducer. I wanted something faster than my previous f/6.5 AT65EDQ and the f/6 triplet gives you more versatility. I can use a regular flattener and keep it 480mm and f/6 or use the 0.8X reducer/flattener and have a 384mm f/4.8 scope. Since I am starting to get into narrowband imaging I was wanting a faster telescope. Happy scope hunting! You have some nice equipment now.


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Re: A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet new [Re: rflinn68]
      #6258113 - 12/17/13 12:52 PM

Hi Rflinn,

Why do you want to replace your at8in?


Gale


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Re: A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet new [Re: gdd]
      #6258695 - 12/17/13 06:15 PM

Quote:

Hi Rflinn,

Why do you want to replace your at8in?




Gale




Hi Gale,

Mainly because of the collimation hassle. Also, the tubes are rather thin and I'm afraid I'll have another problem once I add my CCD with filter wheel. I love it otherwise. I might keep it if I can find a carbon fiber tube for it.

Richard


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