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    Default The Celestron 80ED



    I feel this is a good buy but there is no reviews. One model has a fixed
    zoom EP (spotting scope)
    and the other is the actual telescope with 2" rack and pinion focuser. I am
    seriously ready
    to buy the latter simply because I don't think one can go wrong in the price
    range of
    450 US for ED optics and wider field F7.5.



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    Default The Celestron 80ED

    On Sun, 28 Nov 2004 01:41:58 GMT, "Mayer Duda" <Mayer@duda.com> wrote:


    The Orion and Skywatcher use the same lens, have lighter, better
    bodies and focusers and cost $399.00. Orion is just the OTA,
    the Skywatcher comes with rings, the Celestron has a ringset too.
    -Rich

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    Default The Celestron 80ED

    The Orion website shows the sale didn't last long, back up to 499.
    Skywatcher is Canadian. The Anacortes price of 409 for the Celestron
    with tube cradle, integral dovetail, finder, ocular, diagonal for a
    slightly shorter, narrower 90mm tube looks like the real deal, I will
    have one Monday. On the other hand, are we sure the Celestron is Synta
    also? Some of the other budget Chinese stuff coming out of Celestron
    doesn't look like Synta, and hit or miss on QA.

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    Default The Celestron 80ED

    >

    Is this true? I was under the impression (admittedly only from what I've
    read online - never seen any of the scopes in the flesh) that the Orion
    scope was in an oversized OTA, about the size for a standard 100mm objective,
    and the skywatcher/celestron models were physically smaller. Though, I guess
    that doesn't necessarily mean anything pertaining to weight.

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    Default The Celestron 80ED


    The Anacortes price of 409 for the Celestron

    No. Only the OTA with camera tripod attacment comes in at 409. No EP,
    no diagonal. Just focuser. I have been told that in the long run the rack
    and pinion
    design is better than the friction design of the Crayford focuser.



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    Default The Celestron 80ED

    RichA <none@none.com> wrote in message news:<5fsiq05bh8nrkb07od05a4q45ja3o0590d@4ax.com>. ..




    Are you saying that the Celestron has an inferior, heavier body? ;^)
    Perhaps they are trying to offer a sense of luxury more typical of
    weighty high-end apos?

    Chris.B

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    Default The Celestron 80ED

    Ted Kord wrote:
    I have a Skywatcher ED80. It is in a 4" tube. I don't know why. Maybe
    they couldn't get the crayford focuser in an assembly that fits the 3"
    tube ? Maybe the lens cell has some magic that wont fit the 3" tube ?
    Doesn't matter - it fits fine on a Vixen GP mount.

    Eric.


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    Default The Celestron 80ED

    A larger body can mean better baffling. When Celestron changed the 102 from
    Vixen to Synta, they downsized the tube and downsized the baffling.

    jt





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    Default The Celestron 80ED

    Celestron shows it includes all the goodies:

    http://celestron.com/prod_pgs/spot/80ed_04.htm

    Anacortes 409 price is for the same part number, 52280.

    http://www.buytelescopes.com/product...=&pid=7097&m=1


    "Mayer Duda" <Mayer@duda.com> wrote in message news:<Ugnqd.9886$cE3.6313@clgrps12>...

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    > Are you saying that the Celestron has an inferior, heavier body? ;^)


    The Orion is in a 4"=100mm OD tube. The Celestron has a 3.5"=90mm
    tube, but apparently the tube clamp, which has a dovetail built-in
    (great idea, and includes 1/4-20 for photo tripods), is rather heavy,
    based on the Cloudynights discussions. Celestron claims 4.5 lbs
    without saying whether with the tubeclamp (Orion doesn't say) which is
    lighter than a TV76 so it can't be that bad. The Orion crayford is
    probably lighter than the Celestron R&P. The Orion has the flimsey
    1/4-20 block in a bad location for balance, really needs rings.

 

 
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