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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.