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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.