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    Default Orion StarSeeker 80mm GoTo Refractor Telescope



    OK so now that I have had my 10" Dob I have been thinking about getting a nice Refractor, I deffinantly want a GoTo setup. Their was only one review on this scope and it was a good review. I took a look at three other scopes, A Celestron, a Meade, And a IOptron and I think I like the look of the Orion. So what I'm looking to have answered is if anybody has an expierience with this scope and how do you like it or any responce from anyone with suggestions would be appreciated. P.S. my budget is low even $300 is iffy but I can manage it.

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    Wow, 16 views but no answers. Think ill copy this and put it in the beginner forum.

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    Sorry no one has answered your question... I DID NOT yesterday because I had (and still do not have) an idea of what use you want to use the small refractor for...PLUS I have no idea of exactly which refractor you are referring too..a Achro or a Apo ?

    I do own a ST 80 (Orion Achro) f/5..400mm scope that I piggyback on top of my CPC1100....Its use is 100 percent for low powered wide field views of Open Clusters...because my CPC has a narrow FOV and I can't crank down the magnification down to much less the 60x ..

    I never use in above say 10x and I never use it on bright objects especially the moon as the false color in a fast refractor just bugs the heck out of me... the moon has a nice wide yellowish/purple ring around it ... This is fine for my use since I do not use the scope for planetary or lunar observing... I just lower my head and use the CPC on those targets...

    As for brand ??? I admit a preference for Celestron although I do own 2 Meade Refractors (one 70 mm the other 127 mm) I never have used an iOPtion of any kind...

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    This is the link to the scope it's self.
    Orion StarSeeker 80mm GoTo Refractor Telescope | Orion Telescopes

    Two reasons why I want to add a smaller scope to the arsenal is 1. Casual observing without breaking my back. 2. GoTo for easy findings when my wife is standing by or when other people who see what I'm doing and would like to come up and see something other than the moon.

    Oh and it is an achro.


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    Sorry no one has answered your question... I DID NOT yesterday because I had (and still do not have) an idea of what use you want to use the small refractor for...PLUS I have no idea of exactly which refractor you are referring too..a Achro or a Apo ?

    I do own a ST 80 (Orion Achro) f/5..400mm scope that I piggyback on top of my CPC1100....Its use is 100 percent for low powered wide field views of Open Clusters...because my CPC has a narrow FOV and I can't crank down the magnification down to much less the 60x ..

    I never use in above say 10x and I never use it on bright objects especially the moon as the false color in a fast refractor just bugs the heck out of me... the moon has a nice wide yellowish/purple ring around it ... This is fine for my use since I do not use the scope for planetary or lunar observing... I just lower my head and use the CPC on those targets...

    As for brand ??? I admit a preference for Celestron although I do own 2 Meade Refractors (one 70 mm the other 127 mm) I never have used an iOPtion of any kind...

    Bob G

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    Congratulations! on the new scope. Just remember to follow exactly all the setup information in the manual. The 80mm will permit you to see many many objects in the night sky.

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    Yes, such a scope would be useful and fun. Don't expect super optics, there will be substantial chromatic aberration. With a laser pointer fitted, you could use it as a finder for your 10" dob.
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    I have a Meade ETX 80 and it is a great grab and go telescope. It does have a little chromatic aberration on extremely bright objects as the moon or Jupiter, but it is an awesome wide field instrument. While the mechanical side of the mount has a less than stellar reputation, the optics in these telescopes are top notch. My experience with the mount delivers spot on goto, and tracking once the alignment process is done properly.

    I'm basing this on my experience with that particular telescope. I do not or have never owned any of the other telescopes you mentioned. Just from a personal stand point, I think the Autostar wins hands down when compared to the Synscan hand controls. I have a Orion mount with the Synscan hand control, and while it is very functional, and has some really nifty short cuts on the keypad, it lacks a lot of information about the object you are viewing. I'm not trying to persuade you to buy this telescope, just offering my experience with the ETX 80 as information to help you make an informed decision.

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    Joey:

    The OTA itself is exactly as I though f/5 (wide FOV) and 400 mm focal length... Celestron rates it as having a highest useful Magnification of 160x...which in all honestly is BULL...I have never been able to push my ST80 above 80x EVER !! which honestly makes no difference to me

    Just do not expect it to go anywhere near as deep as your Dob...it is not all that much bigger then some finder scopes...

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    Joey,
    I think I'm going to go with the Orion GoScope 80mm Tabletop Refractor. It seems like the ultimate for grab 'n go. I really don't want to deal with a goto mount at this time. I want to keep things as simple as possible. I like what the GoScope 80 has to offer and it suits my particular needs. Just my 2c worth.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kittrell View Post
    Joey,
    I think I'm going to go with the Orion GoScope 80mm Tabletop Refractor. It seems like the ultimate for grab 'n go. I really don't want to deal with a goto mount at this time. I want to keep things as simple as possible. I like what the GoScope 80 has to offer and it suits my particular needs. Just my 2c worth.


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    I personaly prefer a mount over a table top.

    Have you given this scope a gander? http://www.telescope.com/control/pro...8-2aeae0fb8b3c

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