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    Default Leica apo 77 spottingscope



    What is the general opinion to the Leica apo 77 spotting scope for astronomical observing.


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    Default Re: Leica apo 77 spottingscope

    Hello Steve

    I am a good friend of spotting scoping in astronomy, and I am certainly not the only one, see https://leicavswarovski.wordpress.com/23-2/
    The Leica APO 77 has been discontinued quite a long ago, and it may be difficult to get the eyepieces, as the mounting bayonet has changed. Otherwise, the optics is really great, offering very bright views with very high contrast.

    Myself, I am using the Leica APO Televid, http://www.astronomyforum.net/member...o-televid.html , and have nailed down with this spotter some pretty dificult deep sky objects,
    Sh2-280, Sh2-282, Sh2-284, and Sh2-311 nebulae in March 2017

    All depends of course on the price of the Leica APO 77.

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    Default Re: Leica apo 77 spottingscope

    I have a Leica apo 77 with the 32x eyepiece. I was considering selling it to get a small compact tv 76 or similar to get the extra magnification eg 50x per inch of aperture, or alternatively I have my eye on a 20-60x leica zoom. I am relatively new/novice in the world of observation, would the Leica give me plenty to look at?
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    Default Re: Leica apo 77 spottingscope

    Hello Steve,

    the Leica APO 77 with the wide field 32x eyepiece is well suited for the large nebulae and open clusters.
    The drawback of practically all spotting scopes is, you can't mount filters, like the nebular filters, you can put the filter on the eyepiece, but you can't mount it firmly.

    A Tele Vue APO will be of course better suited for the astronomy, as you can ramp up the magnification, and mount the filters in the astronomy eyepieces.

    On the other hand, the Leica spotting eyepieces can be hardly beaten, but with a bayonet-to-1,25" adapter, you can again use them profitably on the TV scope.

    All in all, the TV APO will find more use, and the 85mm F/7 would win a small margin over the 77mm of the Leica.

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    Default Re: Leica apo 77 spottingscope

    Thankyou for following my Leica post, just posted to say I have purchased a 20-60x eyepiece.

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    Default Re: Leica apo 77 spottingscope

    Congratulations Steve, that's a very fine zoom eyepiece,

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