UPS delivery now scheduled for thursday, this is a late Christmas present to myself. I'm really curious to see just how good this scope is with all the positive talk on CloudyNights regarding the SV80A and the entire now discontinued Access line. So far this feels like a really good purchase. It could even be one of those really rare purchases where if circumstances years down the road should warrant selling the scope you could possibly get most or all your money back. I've lost my shirt on too many scopes over the years so a smart no brainer purchase like this doesn't happen very often.
Stellarvue SV80 Access is back
Posted 09 January 2020 - 04:57 PM
My new SV80A arrived today and I was happy to see the shipping box arrive in fine shape. Upon opening the box everything was well packed and looked to be in perfect condition, but there was no owners manual or anything else as I've seen in other photos here. No big deal though, I think I know how to work this thing. The focuser seems a little stiff but it will probably smooth out some with use and I admit I'm a bit spoiled with the feather touch on my Stowaway. I love the weight of this thing, just right! It rides perfectly on my Porta Mount 2 and fit's perfectly in my old black Traveler Tenba bag. I had an AT102ED before this and it didn't fare so well on the Porta Mount. Of course it's cloudy with rain and snow is in the forecast but I was able to get some really good first impressions with indoor viewing on a dollar bill and also was able to get an artificial star off some objects I had set up inside. I've done this many times with my other scopes and it's a good indicator of what to expect at night outdoors. Contrast and sharpness on the dollar bill were really good and I can tell from the artifical star, collimation is spot on. I got a really tight airy disk surrounded by a perfect diffraction ring. In and out of focus showed perfectly round fresnel rings, more defined on one side but I was thrilled to see rings on the other side as well and not just mush as in a lot of other scopes. CA seems well under control, perhaps not as good as a triplet but still really really good. Noticably better than my recent AT102ED which wasn't that bad and on par or slightly better than my AT72 ED2 with fpl-53. I'll know more once I get a chance to view the moon or some street lights but so far I'm very happy with this little scope and the price was unbeatable. I think I may have gotten the very last one too, #323
Edited by Moondust, 10 January 2020 - 10:17 AM.
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Posted 09 January 2020 - 08:28 PM
mine is scheduled for delivery tomorrow....
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Posted 09 January 2020 - 09:32 PM
Mine came today! Looks great and seems to fit on my M1V and Manfrotto tripod well (similar to gmoney’s setup but a medium duty tripod). Sorry, Moondust, it is #326. Of course, we have bad weather for the next couple of days, but hopefully I can do some terrestrial during the day this weekend.
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Posted 10 January 2020 - 09:08 PM
So I tried installed the field flattener/reducer and the thread size does not match my t-ring. Help?
Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:53 AM
You need a regular 42mm t adaptor. The one you have is a wide 48mm.
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Posted 11 January 2020 - 04:34 PM
I didn't know they came in 2 sizes. I checked mine and it is in fact 42mm. Good to know, I was just going to order the field flattener/reducer