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#1 telescopeguy238

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 10:48 PM

So I bought one of these for $99 assuming it was the same as the Orion 80. Very surprising at that price. Eyepieces and diagonal gotta go. Fit and finish A+. Lens is clean and clear A+ Paint job A+ Color A++++ Color is great. But whoever painted the inside of the focuser and drawtube black D---. About 1/2 of the chromed drawtube end is painted. The rest is not. Maybe in 5 years they will get the black paint right.



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 12:30 AM

Yes, mine was the same. Well at least the are consistent lol.gif

 

i took the the focuser off painted the focus tube edge and also the inside back of the focuser which has some sheen to it.  I also took the small vixen dovetail and using rings instead 



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 09:49 AM

I love the color too smile.gif  I painted the entire inside of the focuser with flat black paint. I also flocked the entire inside, draw tube, and dew shield with black felt. I think it's made a huge difference in performance. I am very happy with the Meade Adventure Scope 80 so far! 


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 10:21 AM

Love mine also :)

My cats like playing with the included EPs

I may buy a decent folding tripod that will fit in the backpack to take full advantage of it. Be real nice for travel. The colour has also grown on me :)
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 10:24 AM

Love mine also smile.gif

My cats like playing with the included EPs

I may buy a decent folding tripod that will fit in the backpack to take full advantage of it. Be real nice for travel. The colour has also grown on me smile.gif

I would love to see what tripod you choose that will still fit in the bag. It has to be less than 19".


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:25 AM

https://www.bhphotov...n_aluminum.html

I'm thinking this one, but still looking, I'd prefer a video head

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 02:01 PM

Well...I purchased one of these little Meade Adventure 80s also.  It is indeed identical to the Orion ST 80 except for color.  It uses a tiny little dovetail that is bolted to the tube.  I attached a longer Vixen style bar to the bolted one to make it more usable.  

 

I've not had it out at night yet but seems to perform exactly like my Orion ST80 during the day.  There are some short reviews found in this thread also:  

https://www.cloudyni...shorttube-80mm/

 

The backpack is of high quality nylon, very much like Cordura.  My only complaint is that it opens only 3/4.  But that is a nitpick.  The tripod is really "cute"  grin.gif .  But the mount pivot area is very very bendy.  tongue2.gif    The red dot finder is OK.  If someone really wants an Orion ST80, this is it, under another name.  

 

For $99.00 it is a steal in my opinion.  I paid more than twice that for my Orion ST80-A  several years ago.

 

Here are some pictures.  And yes, the color is unique.  

 

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 02:34 PM

And just a few more:  

 

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The blue tape on pivot on mount is the bendy area.  


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 03:09 PM

The color is interesting, sort of an antique vanilla.  Maybe the little tripod could work with a light weight camera.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 04:10 PM

At first I was not fond of the color, but it kinda grows on you after a while. The paint job is much better than the Orion ST80


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 04:31 PM

Yes, the paint is not bad at all.  It is a glossy finish rather than the matte finish on Orion.  

 

I have several other mounts that I can use so I'm not too worried about the supplied version.  It is a very nice little kit for someone who wants an ST80.   


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:36 PM

is there more than 1 bolt hole to attach another dovetail?


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:22 AM

Just one bolt hole it's a1/4" 20 



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 06:28 AM

I also bought one a few weeks ago, really nice scope. It works great with the 18,2 DeLite, superb views of the Table of Scorpius, Carina`s OC (specially NGC 3532) M7, M6. Even globulars look great in it like a mysterious patch in the wide field. 

 

I replace the original 90º prism, but it´s not that bad really, except that it vignettes with a 25 mm Plössl. So far I´m using the stock tripod with the Adan Adler AZ mount mod, but it´s way to weak and I´m also looking for a new tripod.

 

What do you think of the Velvon Sherpa 200R? Any Experiences?


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 10:28 AM

Great scope so far. I'm really happy with mine. I wanted an inexpensive tripod that would still fit inside the included backpack so I gave this one a try. It's definitely better than the included one! I was able to fit it inside the bag even with the tripod in it's cover which helps to protect the scope. I tried it out in the house and seems to work great but haven't had clear skies to really test it out. I was playing around with the tripod that came with the scope and found that if you tighten the head mount screw (which was loose on mine) the tripod is kinda usable lol.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:17 PM

is there more than 1 bolt hole to attach another dovetail?

Hmmmm.....Tony said his has only one bolt hole.  Maybe he's referring to something else?

 

Mine has two available holes on the little dovetail.  The dovetail is very tiny...not quite 2 inches and won't work in a Porta mount saddle by itself.  Here are a couple of pictures:

 

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That is a ScopeStuff dovetail (8 1/4 inches). Longer than necessary.  My favorite short dovetail is the 7 inch from Astronomics.   https://www.astronom...ack_p17840.aspx

 

edit:  I should mention that the added dovetail is for using on other mounts with Vixen style saddles, for those who may be unfamiliar.  


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:21 PM

Oh....I think I just figured out what Tony was referring to...the guick release plate for the stock tripod has just one bolt to screw into the little dovetail.  smile.png



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 05:32 PM

Oh....I think I just figured out what Tony was referring to...the guick release plate for the stock tripod has just one bolt to screw into the little dovetail.  smile.png

Yes that is what I was referring to


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 07:11 PM

thanks for the pictures 



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Posted 20 August 2017 - 05:47 PM

I finally purchased the Sherpa 200 R for the 80 mm Adventure. Great combination. I was looking for a tripod with an aluminium fluid head and a solid central column.

 

I almost inmediatelly made Adam Adler´s modification to get great balance and ultra smooth movements in altitude. Have being doing a lot of wide field observing last nights. What a great scope!

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 05:48 PM

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 05:56 PM

I used my Meade Adventure Scope 80 this morning for a (shakily) hand held afocal pic of sunspot group 2671, and 2672 now appearing at the limb -- the view through the scope was much sharper than this and very detailed.  I used a little Stellavue M1 alt/az on a light tripod to hold the scope.  Fun!!!  A great little achromat! waytogo.gif

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:39 PM

The early morning thick fog cleared out here at 9:15 a.m. and remained clear for the eclipse (96.9% here). grin.gif  I took a few hand held afocal pics (the view through the scope was much sharper) with the Meade Adventure Scope again and had a great time = Fun!!!  grin.gif

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 02:30 PM

And here's the simple light-as-a-feather Meade Adventure Scope 80 setup that I enjoyed the eclipse with. grin.gif

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 10:24 PM

The Adventure Scope was part of my light travel equipment setup that I used for the Eclipse.  Had a great time observing the Eclipse and very happy with the results

 

Here's a photo of the telescope with my Canon 70D after the Total Eclipse

 

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