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Includes: Orion CF80ED Triplet
Celestron Advanced VX Mount and polar scope
Orion Magnificent Mini Autoguider
Mounting Rings , one Vixen style mounting bars
Photo Adapter and Canon or Nikon t-ring
5 amp AC adapter
Camera and laptop computer not included.
A laptop computer - not included (Windows or Mac) is required for running the Magnificent Mini Autoguider.
All-Star Telescope has tested and suggests the the Asus X205TA netbook which comes with Windows 8 allowing operation of the SSAG. It comes with a 12 hour battery (allowing an entire night of imaging) at a price around $249.95 CDN or less. While almost any Windows laptop or Mac laptop will work, the Asus netbook's battery life eliminates the need for 110 volt power at your scope. You won't want to run PhotoShop on this netbook but the price alone may lead you to purchasing one for the sole purpose of running the SSAG. If you would like an Asus X205TA netbook loaded with PHD Guiding and the SSAG drivers - ready to run your StarShoot AutoGuider, please check with us on current pricing.
Note on Shipping: Add any accessories to this product and all shipping charges will be removed before processing your order.
Orion is proud to announce an exciting addition to our already prestigious line of ED refractors, the 80mm apochromatic triplet Orion ED80T CF. With an 80mm aperture triplet objective featuring FPL-53 extra-low dispersion glass, views come through true to color and exhibit tack-sharp resolution.
Apochromatic refractor telescopes have a devoted following amongst amateur astronomers, and for good reason. The crisp view offered by a high-quality apo refractor is truly a wonder to behold and share. Apochromatic refractors significantly reduce chromatic aberration, or false color, compared to standard achromatic refractor telescopes due to the use of "ED" (Extra-low Dispersion) optical glass and use of three optical elements. The visual and imaging benefits of apo refractors have helped to make them instruments of choice by many real-time observers and imaging experts alike.
The ED80T CF is a versatile power performer telescope well-suited for multiple applications. With a focal length of 480mm (f/6.0), its fast unobstructed optics yield detail-rich visual views of solar system and wide-field deep-sky objects alike. The triplet objective and ED optics virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations making the ED80T CF an excellent candidate for astrophotography use when used with an imaging-capable EQ mount and CCD or DSLR camera. The relatively small size and light weight of the telescope makes it perfectly portable for escapades to dark-sky locations for either visual or photographic expeditions. The retractable dew shield makes the ED80T CF even more compact for storage and transport, with a length of 14.3" with the dew shield fully retracted. The telescope measures 18.25" long when the dew shield is fully extended to minimize peripheral glare and dew accumulation.
The striking carbon-fiber tube is nifty to look at, and makes the ED80T CF a lightweight luxury to transport and mount. Weighing in at a mere 5.5 lbs., this is one telescope you won’t have to break your back (or bank account) when considering mounting options. The integrated dovetail mounting base attaches directly to any Orion EQ mount equipped with a narrow, or "Vixen-style," dovetail saddle without the need for additional mounting accessories. While a stable motorized equatorial (EQ) mount is recommended for astrophotographic pursuits, the ED80T CF can be adequately mounted on a wide variety of lightweight sturdy field and photo tripods by virtue of the same integrated dovetail mounting base which features a threaded 1/4"-20 acceptor.
In keeping with Orion’s established tradition of offering quality products at affordable prices, the ED80T CF is offered to you at an amazing value. What’s more, we’ve included top-notch features and accessories which are sure to please even the most discerning apo aficionado. The precision machined Crayford-style focuser provides dual-speed focus adjustment perfect for dialing in delicate details of celestial and terrestrial subjects. The smaller fine focus knob adjusts focus at a rate of 11:1 compared to the coarse focus knob, giving you the ability to home-in on just the right focal point. The included 2" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter allows trouble-free use of higher magnification 1.25" telescope eyepieces or 1.25" accessories. For storage and safe transport, everything fits nicely in the included hard case with custom die-cut foam interior.
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only.
Recommended: Orion Field Flattener for Short Refractors
Recommended: Orion 2" Dielectric Diagonal and eyepieces for visual use.
Helix Nebula photo by George Cavanaugh on Orion ED80T CF Triplet
Helpful video recommendation: EQ3 and ED80 Complete Set-Up and Astrophotography 101