Orion ShortTube 80mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope
The ShortTube 80 mm Refractor Telescope is perfect for amateurs in the hobby of astronomy that want to have quality optics with sharp images without the bulk and cost of other telescopes. It is a clear step-up from the poorly constructed, plastic telescopes that you see in the big box stores that sport unstable tripods and poor optical quality.
This telescope is fitted with a multi-coated 80 mm achromatic doublet lens that has a short focal length of 400 mm, giving you sharp, bright, wide-field views of deep-sky objects and star fields. You'll be amazed at the detail the ShortTube 80 gathers on the surface of the Moon, from the lunar craters to mountains! Its 15.5 enameled aluminum tube is fitted with an aluminum rack-and-pinion focuser, making it super easy to have crystal clear, focused views. The T-threads on the focuser's drawtube collar allow for direct attachment of your DSLR camera (with proper T-ring, sold separately) for high-quality astrophotography!
You will be able to track celestial objects while viewing them through your ShortTube 80 telescope with the super smooth and steady EQ-1 equatorial mount and tripod. The mount features dual slow motion controls, allow for simple manual tracking of celestial objects as they move across the night sky. Additionally, you can add an optional DC electronic drive for more convenient, motorized tracking. The tripod has extendable channel-style legs and a large accessory tray that can hold your idle accessories and provide more stability to your overall set-up.
Included with the ShortTube 80 EQ is a large 8 x 40 finder scope, a 90-degree mirror star diagonal (1.25"), and 10 mm (40x) and 25 mm (16x) Sirius Plossl eyepieces. You will also receive some great reference materials from Orion: the DeepMap 600 folding star chart and MoonMap 260.