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William Optics Zenithstar 80

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#1 asaint



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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:07 PM

WO Zenithstar 80

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 08:51 PM

Nice little review. How would you compare the scope to some of the lower priced apo's on the market? Is the build quality as good as the Megrez 2? I really like the look of the scope. The size and price are also attractive.

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 12:43 AM

I like the review, too. Still, it would have been nice if Mr. Hissink could have provided a comparison with other similarly priced scopes.

How would this scope compare to the Celestron 80ED scope? since they're about the same price. Clearly, the WO will have a better appearance and general feel, but what about the high power performance on Saturn? for example. Also, how does this scope compare to an Orion AstroView 100 F/6 telescope, since this is a 100mm Chinese refractor in the same price range (actually, it's quite a bit cheaper in the US, since it costs slighly less and includes an excellent mount!) Particularly, how would these two compete on DSO's?

I realize that Mr. Hissink was just talking about his new Zenithstar 80. Hey, he met her in a nice place and he's in love. I'm cool with that, but how does she stack up? :smirk:

I don't blame the author for not buying all these other scopes, but it would be nice, now just past New Moon, to get it compared with these comparably priced scopes from some Astronomy Club buddies that might own them.

All in all, though, a compelling argument for a nice new telescope. We hope she treats you right, Mr. Hissink!

Buena suerte, amigo,


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Posted 15 February 2005 - 06:43 AM

I realise that a comparison would be nice, but I did not had the opportunity… But I have compared the Zenithstar with the Megrez semi-apo and I have had some wonderful nights with the Zenithstar under a dark sky. I´ll share my experiences later…
The Zenithstar is capable of handling high powers, within the limits of the aperture of course… I saw Saturn with a magnification of 160 under very stable conditions; a very nice image for such a short focal length telescope! I could see two belts, the cassini division (not a small piece, but almost the entire division…) and the colours of the A en B ring. And thre´s just a shade of blue around the edges…

I´ve red some reviews of the Orion ED and it seems that the images are a littlebit softer at a higher magnification…

Fred Hissink

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 08:59 PM

Just received my new ZS 80. I'm also a small refractor nut and I am duly impressed. I first saw a copy of this scope casually displayed on Bill Burgess' vendor table at WSP. At that time I wasn't able to get a nighttime view but I thought the fit, finish and focuser were remarkable for an OTA priced at $399.00.

My new ZS 80 was out under the skies last night for its' maiden voyage. Much like the mechanics, the optics are substantially better than expected.

Although it's apples and oranges, I plan to do a comparison to my TMB 80/600 (see my Cloudy Nights review)as soon as modifications to my mounts permits a side by side set-up.

So far the ZS 80 has exceeded my expectations.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 10:44 PM

A very similar if not identical scope to Orion's "Express" 80. I concur that quality of construction (fit and finish)is outstanding and a strong selling point at the price of admission. I also agree that optical performance is best at low to medium magnifications. Orion's OTA comes with a well padded black canvas carrying case, 2 to 1.25" EP adapter, and 1/4"-20 tripod mounting foot. First rate grab 'n go scope for the price.

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