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Orion Ultrascan

Mar 21 2005 12:34 PM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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 might be worthwhile to some readers.

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Author name: Paul Walsh
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Orion Star Seeker 80 Goto Refractor

Mar 23 2010 06:51 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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 as the poor economy has hit us all. I paid $269.95 for this scope delivered and it regularly sells for $329.95 plus shipping, so

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Author name: Eric Zeiner
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Takahashi Sky-90 SV

Feb 19 2010 08:14 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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 built than my Vixen 80ss. In fact, the Vixen is more attractive, and the focuser

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Meade ETX-80AT

Jan 06 2010 06:59 AM | lemonsensation in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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

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Orion ShortTube 80-T with Orion Paragon Fluid Head Tripod

Dec 22 2009 08:18 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

Build quality seems adequate, with no department-style telescope finish visible. OTA felt

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Author name: Hae Park
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Sky-Watcher GreatStart 90mm Refractor on AZ3 Alt-Azimuth Mount

Dec 22 2009 08:45 AM | saturn5 in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

My first views through the scope were a disappointment. At first i was going to return it but

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Highly Satisfying Astronomy on the Cheap – Two Very Inexpensive Used Telescopes

Dec 18 2009 11:53 AM | bartine in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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 started

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Author name: Ben Bartine
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Explore Scientific ED80 Triplet

Dec 17 2009 11:04 AM | noah way in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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 finder and comes with an

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Meade ETX90-RA

Dec 15 2009 07:39 AM | Zamboni in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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

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Author name: Tristan Schwartz
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TMB92SS with FeatherTouch Focuser

Dec 11 2009 11:47 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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

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Author name: Tom Nirider
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Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope Package 21048-OP - 80 EQ Telescope 21048 with Moto...

Dec 11 2009 09:11 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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

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Author name: Mark Sortzi
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AstroTelescopes 80mm f7 ED

Dec 10 2009 08:30 AM | Scott Holland in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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 rectangular cutout for other accessories, such as a diagonal or finder

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80mm Apogee Refractor

Sep 17 2009 06:57 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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!!

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Author name: Jesse Carroll
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Explore Scientific 80mm Triplet Apochromat

Aug 31 2009 06:55 AM | Tom Faller in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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 provisions for locks, reinforced corners, a hinge that releases the top cover and room for the basics and a couple of eyepieces

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Stellarvue F80 Finder

Jan 07 2009 02:35 AM | Bob Christ in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

Stellarvue F80M Finderscope: A Versatile Performer

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William Optics FLT-98

Oct 20 2008 03:41 AM | Madpc Paul in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

William Optics FLT-98 Carbon Fibre APO Triplet Refractor

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William Optics Megrez 88FD

Sep 30 2008 04:04 AM | astroducky in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

Astronomy and optics have been my interests for quite awhile.

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Author name: Yang Lim
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Stellarvue AT1010N Nighthawk

May 20 2008 01:38 AM | Scott Beith in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

I have been seriously active in amateur astronomy since 2002

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Stellarvue 80ED Nighthawk Next Generation Deluxe

May 14 2008 02:02 AM | Scott Beith in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

I have been seriously active in amateur astronomy since 2002.

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Orion ShortTube 80

Apr 10 2008 02:24 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

Orion ShortTube 80-T Refractor quick review

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Author name: Zeno Sirbu
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TMB/Burgess Planet Hunter 80

May 12 2007 02:16 AM | DCS in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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 Cloudynights Cassegrain Review Contest.

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Author name: Peter Hansen
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Meade 80mm Series 5000 ED APO

Feb 09 2007 05:30 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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

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Author name: Keith Hitchman
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Meade ETX-80 AT-TC

Jan 04 2007 02:45 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

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 telescopes in Europe):

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TMB/BOC 80mm f/11 Planet Hunter

Dec 02 2006 02:54 AM | BillP in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

First Light with the TMB/BOC 80mm F/11 Planet Hunter

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Vixen ED80SF

Dec 01 2006 03:53 AM | Dave Ponder in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

Just to give some background info, I have been a very amateur astronomer for almost 40 years

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