Startravel 80 OTA refractor

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Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby jonathan turner » Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:40 pm

I recently purchased a Startravel 80 OTA from Pulsar Optical for use as a grab and go scope.I have to say that for a little scope it gives me great deep sky wide field views.The views of Venus and Saturn were small but acceptable,and i have recently attached some RG solar film from Rother Valley Optics for solar observing,and the 80ml is brilliant for this.It sits very well ontop the 130M,and when using the direct DSRL connection,i have had some great deep sky and Moon images.
The Startravel 80 will fit into a medium sized aluminium storage box, from B&Q priced £16.99,along with the finder scope and lenses.I paid £125 for the scope inc postage by courier,and got a lot for my money.My EQ2 and EQ5 mounts handle the scope without any problems,and for a quick observisng evening it saves me lumbering the 130M into the garden,and set up and take down time is quick.I would'nt part with it,only to upgrade to a 102.
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RE: Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby Chanctonbury » Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:13 pm

I'm with you, Jonathan - I love mine and have used it for all the things you have used yours for as well as guiding. Here's a picture of mine in the very same case you are talking about!

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RE: Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby col » Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:13 pm

Same here guys but mine is a helios, for quick and easy looking theyre great[:D]

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RE: Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby piglet » Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:30 pm

Got the same as you Col the olde black tube[:D]

Nice scope![8D]
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RE: Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby sftonkin » Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:33 am

Yup, these Synta 80f5 scopes are very good indeed; my son had one (branded "Orion") until recently. For bright planets, use the lens cap with the central cap removed: sharpens the image considerably.
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RE: Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby little col » Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:56 pm

yep me to blue st80 , now mounted on the 130pm for guiding [:D]
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RE: Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby keithmorris » Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:16 pm

Yep, I got one too. Was originally my grab and go scope, but I decided it wasn't enough, so I bought the ED80 to use as my grab scope. The ST80 will be religated to be my guide scope for my SN 10" when I get the scope shed built, I already have a warm room.


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Re: Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby tomo » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:49 pm

As above, my blue Skywatcher ST80 is now piggybacked on my Skywatcher ED80 DS PRO, makes for a very good guide scope, excellent little guide scope IMO.

regards,

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Re: Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby G_Zealey » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:43 pm

Startravel 102 is also a fantastic, well priced scope. I use mine for deep-sky imaging and could not expect any more from it!
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Re: Startravel 80 OTA refractor

Postby jonathan turner » Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:07 am

Thinking of buying a 102 or a 120 for widefield and imaging,which is best?
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