My main scope currently is a C8. I looked thru my buddy's 125 Mak and found views very good but the FOV very narrow.
Recently I picked up an ST80 for a quick grab and go. Out and battle mosquitos and run back in. Not looking at planets... just a short look. This is for cluster hopping.
I'm impressed! For a $100 scope it's way better than I expected. I could easily see detail on mars at 88x. I couldn't go any higher because my shortest eyepiece is a 9mm (in combination with a barlow). Saturn, while tiny looked good.
Open clusters are beautiful in this little scope. Pleiades looks fantastic. This is where the little scope really shines.
The moon looks darn good too, and even better if you use the dust cap with center cap removed to make it a tiny F10.
It's nice to have a scope that has a specialty.
I was using a crappy camera tripod to decide if I would keep the ST80, but have now purchased a small grab and go equatorial mount for it (EXOS Nano). When it cools off I'll even put it on my AVX for a night.
Of course the Mak will easily out perform the ST80 on planets and globulars.
Edited by Tom Stock, 24 October 2020 - 10:33 PM.