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#1 deriksss

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 02:52 PM

does anyone have an opinion between Gskyer Telescope 80mm AZ Space vs orion goscope 80? 



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Posted 16 June 2019 - 03:45 PM

https://www.amazon.c...ding=UTF8&psc=1

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https://www.amazon.c...ding=UTF8&psc=1



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Posted 16 June 2019 - 04:36 PM

For the price of the Gskyer 80mm I would get the Celestron omni XLT 102AZ 


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 06:28 PM

If I were buying the Gskyer Telescope 80mm I'd look at the Chinese 90mm f5.5 scopes sold under several brand names (Aquila, Sbvony, maybe Visioning?). Bit more aperture for about the same money.


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 08:33 PM

I think if you really need the mount and the telescope, 102XLT Az from Celestron as Tony said. 



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Posted 17 June 2019 - 05:29 AM

Neither , both pretty shoddy scopes , an excersise in frustration that will kill your aspireing astronomy fast ! , as said go a little further and grab the 102mm Celestron .

I have 3 x 100mm class scopes , a 102mm f10 achro , the sweet Ed100 and a really good LP 110mm APO and these 3 perform very well on most objects , I also have a classic Mizar 80mm f12 ( made by Hino optical Japan ) and altho it's very good the 100mm class scope show much more ,, easily .

Beanerds .

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 06:43 AM

I have never used a Gskyer, but I adore my little GoScope 80 TableTop Refractor. Based just on the photos, I'm reasonably sure that its mount is both smoother and stabler than the Gskyer's.

 

The GoScope 80 is a bit pricey for an entry-level scope, but otherwise I think it is absolutely ideal for a beginner who wants an instrument that's very compact and easy to use, but doesn't supply particularly high magnification with its stock eyepieces. Be aware that it does require either a table (or stool or other support) to put it on, or else a good, sturdy set of tripod legs. (The tabletop mount has a socket in the bottom for 1/4- and 3/8-inch threads.)

 

The GoScope supplies just 17.5X and 35X with the stock eyepieces. That's great for deep-sky observing and the Moon, but frustratingly low for the planets. The optics on the scope are outstanding, considering the price -- it can easily support 100X or higher. But buying an eyepiece that will deliver 100X with such a short scope could cost you as much as the telescope itself. A 2X Barlow delivering 70X together with the stock 10-mm eyepiece is probably best for most beginners.

 

Even at 35X, the GoScope delivers crisp views of Saturn's rings and Jupiter's two main belts.

 

The Orion GoScope 80 Backpack Kit is an entirely different telescope. No doubt the optical tube is just fine, but the tripod does not inspire me with confidence. And the 45-degree diagonal is definitely not ideal for astronomy.


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 07:08 AM

Neither , both pretty shoddy scopes , an excersise in frustration that will kill your aspireing astronomy fast ! , as said go a little further and grab the 102mm Celestron .

I have 3 x 100mm class scopes , a 102mm f10 achro , the sweet Ed100 and a really good LP 110mm APO and these 3 perform very well on most objects , I also have a classic Mizar 80mm f12 ( made by Hino optical Japan ) and altho it's very good the 100mm class scope show much more ,, easily .

Beanerds .

 

I believe the Gskyer 80mm is the same scope as the Orion ST80 (no longer offered by Orion), Meade Infinity 80, Meade Adventure Scope 80, and the Omegon AC 80. 

 

But, IMHO, the price of $267.99 for the Gskyer (at the OP's posted link) seems high even with the included accessories.  Also note that it's being sold by a third party vendor and not by Amazon.  The Meade Infinity 80 is $146.00.  

 

Meade Infinity 80  - $146.00

https://www.amazon.c...e/dp/B00LY8JVZC

(Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.)

 

Omegon AC 80/400 AZ-3 Telescope  - $217.00

https://www.amazon.c.../dp/B00FGK8L0U/

(Ships from and sold by Astroshop.)

 

Bob F. 


Edited by BFaucett, 17 June 2019 - 07:33 AM.

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 03:44 AM

FYI, the Gskyer package can be had for $206 if you sift a little more.

https://www.amazon.c...1-2-spons&psc=1

 

I actually have the Gskyer package.  IMO, it's just an OK deal for the current price.  The OTA/rings/dovetail are nice and the 25mm eyepiece is actually not too bad.  But the mount is kind of junky, and the finder scope has really distorted optics. 

 

But... switch the Gskyer package with this $226 Omegon package and I think the comparison against the $150 GoScope becomes more interesting. 

https://www.amazon.c...ctronics&sr=1-2

 

For $76 more than the GoScope, you get a conventional OTA with rings, and a tripod with slow motion controls.



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Posted 19 June 2019 - 12:10 PM

I have used both mounts. Not much difference with the two mounts above.  Both suffer from jerky motion in altitude (up/down). Especially noticeable at higher magnification

 

Its better to get used Manfrotto tripod and head, or get something like this which will easily handle a ST80

 

https://www.telescop...ASABEgI0hvD_BwE



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Posted 21 June 2019 - 05:25 PM

I ordered the omegon OTA and acc. I'm going to put it on a Celestron slt mount. I'll let y'all know how it is. Thanks for the great advice.



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Posted 21 June 2019 - 05:52 PM

Post some pictures and your impressions when you get it




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