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Orion 80 mm ED APO Refractor Optical Tube Assembly - 09895
09895 Orion 80mm ED Refractor Optical Tube Assembly
We love those premium "apo" refractors as much as the next guy. We just don't think you should have to work a second job or put the family heirlooms on eBay to own one. Now you won't, thanks to Orion's amazingly affordable 80mm ED refractor. The Orion 80 ED is a sweet scope all right. With a focal length of 600mm (f/7.5), the "ED80" is wonderfully suited for visual applications on both solar system and deep-sky objects as well as for prime-focus astrophotography and CCD imaging. The Orion 80 ED sports a fully multi-coated 80mm objective lens doublet, one element of which is crafted from Extra-Low Dispersion, or "ED" optical glass. The high-grade glass of the Orion 80mm ED greatly reduces the chromatic aberration inherent in standard achromats. Images appear more sharply focused and color fringing around bright objects is lessened dramatically.
The objective lens of the Orion 80 ED is held in a machined, black anodized aluminum cell and shaded by an aluminum dew cap. Internal tube baffles ensure high contrast and prevent ghosting. The Orion ED 80 features a superb, backlash-free 2" Crayford-style focuser, which accepts both 2" and 1.25" diagonals. Notice the focus wheels: classy, brushed-aluminum hubs with ridged rubber grip rings. Nice touch. Set the focuser tension or lock it for imaging with the focus lock knob. The molded-in dovetail base of the Orion 80 ED accepts the optional Orion finder scope of your choice. Tube has a built-in 1/4"-20 plate. At a length of just 24", the Orion ED80 is extremely portable. And at an unprecedented price of just $499, finally the rest of us can enjoy the pleasures of a premium refractor without the pain of the premium price! Finished in gunmetal gray metallic. One-year limited warranty from Orion. Sold as optical tube assembly only, without accessories.
- Use (Astro, Terrest or both) - Astronomy and and terrestrial
- Benefit/Best for - General use
- User Level - Level 3
- Type - Refractor
- Diameter (Mirror or Lens) - 80mm
- Light Grasp - 7.8 sq. in.
- Focal Length/ F Ratio - 600mm, f/7.5
- Highest theoretical magnification - 189x
Accessories and Additional Features
- Eyepieces - None
- Finder Scope - Optional
- Focuser - N/A
- One Element ED glass in apochromatic primary lens, Crayford Focuser, Machined aluminum lens cell
- Mount type - Optional
- Tripod - N/A
- Weight, assembled - 5 lbs. 11 oz.
- Tube Length - 23.5 in.