- camera mounting
Perfect Starter Scope
So far it’s been easy to use except for a couple of things- the site is a bit difficult to use in it current location. And the camera mounting is difficult to get set in before a subject is gone from view do lots of patience is required for both . I do like the portability of the scope and the lightness of it. Perhaps I just need some time with it
Function and ability of the Celestron 80mm travel scope
Within the limitations of the scope it performed adequately to excellently. It works well for the Moon and early morning Venus, and Jupiter and Saturn. Now obviously, the image is not going to be as large at 80mm(3.1inches) as it would be through my larger 11" SCT/Celestron, but its easier to transport too, over the 200lb 11." I would advise anyone buying one, to replace the plastic tube crosshair finder scope with any brand of "RED DOT" type, it will greatly enhance your ability to align the scope on target and stay in place. It is possible to do astrophotography with this scope, using a ZWO ASI-120 camera and an iOptron "SKY TRACKER PRO" (camera mount). The Sky Tracker allows one to get "POLAR aligned" critical for photography, and the light weight of the Travel Scope (only 4.5lbs.) makes all this possible, however you'll need an extension tube for the focuser to reach prime focus before you run out of gear rack on the focuser. Orion makes one that is affordable. The only other up grade I'd recommend would be to get a sturdier and more stable tripod than the one supplied, this will help the Sky Tracker mount to be far more stable for the entire assembly. For the $$ and a few minor up-grades, this is a pretty good scope for beginner or advanced user, keeping in mind its limitations.