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Orion ShortTube 80

The ST80's aluminum optical tube measures just 15-1/2“ in length Read more

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Funky E, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
22 January 2011
  • Summary: The short tube 80 is exactly as described. I bought as both an interim scope and a future auto guider. (I spent my cash on an atlas mount first). I added some accessories I plan on using on my future scope to the shorty and was very impressed with how bright and clear the moon and stars were. From my light polluted back yard not only could I make out m31 I was able to get an ok photo. Not to mention the not half bad photos of m42 and the very nice photos of the moon.
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Dave, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
13 August 2010
  • Summary: The Orion short tube 80mm I recently bought is a fantastic little scope! Well made and light wieght =perfect grab and go scope. The optics are great and the multi coating is way better than I thought for this price point. 100% satisfied.
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Mike Wright, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
5 June 2010
  • Summary: I have only had my 80mm short tube for a few weeks , but I have already found it to be what I was looking for. I wanted a small , light weight, scope with a nice wide feild of view, and thats what it is. I use it piggybacked on a 9.25" SCT, but I also use it as a stand alone scope for those nice wide field views. I plan to eventually use it for auto-quiding, so it will provide several functions.
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Preston S Justis, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
17 April 2010
  • Summary: For the price point, this little scope performs very well. I'm using it as a guidescope with my Canon 40D/70-200mmL lens combination on the Sky View Pro mount. Nice sharp star images, even at higher magnifications. I also use it as a grab and go scope for quick trips to the observing site.
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Michael Wardell, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
16 March 2010
  • Summary: This is a very good system. It is rock solid and even has very little shaking even in a 30+mph sand storm! Movement is smooth in both alt and az and the scope stays where you point it.
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Eric, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
29 December 2009
  • Summary: I've had the Orion ShortTube 80 for almost two months. I had time to test and work with the scope, I primarily use the scope as part of my guiding and also for wider angle pictures. I have good comments: - the quality of the materials seem relatively good and will able to stand the demands of the outdoors. - the lenses and weight of the lenses makes ideal for a guiding scope. - it was easy to attach my DSLR camera and take a good picture of Orion Nebula.
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Dr. Bernard D. Sokolowski, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
22 December 2009
  • Summary: As a lecturer who teaches beginning Amateur Astronomers how to evaluate and pick a first telescope, I'm always looking for equipment that acceptably fills this need. I owned an original ST80 when they first came out nearly a decade ago. They were quite good back then. But were still quite unrefined with plenty of violet halo at powers over 75x and pretty shaky focusers that needed a bit of tweeking.
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Art Skufca, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
12 December 2009
  • Summary: The optics appear near perfect when I used some of my better eyepieces. Only had one good night of viewing but got great views of Orion's nebulas, Pleadies, and Andromeda. I've been in the hobby for about ten years and have other larger scopes (10" Dob, 8 SN) which I now seldom use because of the set up required. That's why I bought the Short Tube and don't regret it!
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Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
4 November 2009
  • Summary: No real complaints. Good scope for wide views. I put a two speed 2 inch focuser on it for photography. Also makes a good guide scope with SSAG. I will use this scope by it'self or mounted on others. The soft bag sucks. Mine fell apart in less than 1 year. Replaced it with the hard case. Not necessarily a good first scope but complements a SCT if you have one like I do.
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Mark Christensen, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
25 August 2009
  • Summary: Dollar for dollar the 80mm is the best value in guidescopes and not a bad little travel scope for general use. Availability of good, inexpensive rings and mounting rail a real plus.
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