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iOptron SmartStar A R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount

Item # HN-IOPT008

Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
80mm
Battery
8 x AA
Battery Included
No
Brand
iOptron
Component
1.4 Resolution, 11.3 Limiting Magnitude, 25mm Eyepiece 2
Eyepiece 1
10mm
Features
Alt-Az Mount, GoTo, Equatorial Mount, GPS
Focal Length
400mm
Focal Ratio
f/5.0
GPS
Yes
GoTo
Yes
Good for Astrophotography
Yes
Highest Useful Magnification
150x
Mount Design
Single Fork Arm
Optical Design
Refractor
Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Astrophotography, Viewing the Moon
Telescopes Series
iOptron SmartStar Refractor Telescopes
User Level
For the Beginner

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  • Entry-level refractor with easy-to-use SmartStar GoTo controls
  • Patented Dual Mount, a.k.a. "The Cube" for total control
  • USB port for PC/laptop connectivity and expanded contol
  • 32-channel GPS module for full automation
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iOptron SmartStar A R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (8)
  • Compact (6)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Strong construction (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (10)
    • Bird watching (7)
    • Travel (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Much better than I hoped it would be.

    For a long time I have wanted a GoTo mount but they were all too expensive or just junk. iOptron has created a quality mount that doesn't break the bank. The 80mm refractor is...Read complete review

    For a long time I have wanted a GoTo mount but they were all too expensive or just junk. iOptron has created a quality mount that doesn't break the bank. The 80mm refractor is a surprisingly good scope. It focuses the stars to nice sharp pinpoints and gives great views of the Moon. The mount very easy to setup and use. It seems to be pretty accurate as all the stars I viewed were right in the field every time. I haven't tried the equitorial mode yet as I have the "A" model which can to both AltAz and Eq modes. You need to download the full manual from the iOptron website, but I had no trouble setting up the telescope with the quick start Guide. I have also used HNSky, Stellerium and Cartes du Ciel to control the scope mount. This works really well, you click on the star on the laptop and it commands the telescope to site on that object. You can do this using the hand controller, but it is MUCH easier with the PC. Again, you have to download the Scope drivers from iOptron to control the scope from any of these programs. So far, I am very pleased with this purchase.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    only a good starting telescope

    this Is my 2nd computerized telescope. I bought it for the 80mm telescope and the small lightweight mount. the other telescope I own is the celestron CPC 800 gps go to telescope. I...Read complete review

    this Is my 2nd computerized telescope. I bought it for the 80mm telescope and the small lightweight mount. the other telescope I own is the celestron CPC 800 gps go to telescope. I do a lot of astrophotography and herd that and 80 mm refractor is a good choice and the focal ration or 5 it seemed like a good scope and mount had very good reviews also. i bought it thinking it would be good for astrophotography. I was wrong. the mount has tons of play within the gears so even the slightest touch moved the scope also with its 7 pound payload capacity it is son able to hold any more weight than the scope itself. even though my camera and the scope combined is about 5 pounds it still has problems moving the weight. also as far as the scope goes, there is always a problem with the 45* angle and the eyepiece hit the mount when slewing to an object and stops the scope dead while the mount is still slewing which strips the plastic gears . overall this telescope is good for the beginning astronomer but there are many much better options out there. it is worth it to spend a little more on a better telescope and mount. you be much happier.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    only a good starting telescope

    By PaulK.

    from Salem, NY

    About Me Professional Guide

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Bird Watching

    Comments about iOptron SmartStar A R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

    this Is my 2nd computerized telescope. I bought it for the 80mm telescope and the small lightweight mount. the other telescope I own is the celestron CPC 800 gps go to telescope. I do a lot of astrophotography and herd that and 80 mm refractor is a good choice and the focal ration or 5 it seemed like a good scope and mount had very good reviews also. i bought it thinking it would be good for astrophotography. I was wrong. the mount has tons of play within the gears so even the slightest touch moved the scope also with its 7 pound payload capacity it is son able to hold any more weight than the scope itself. even though my camera and the scope combined is about 5 pounds it still has problems moving the weight. also as far as the scope goes, there is always a problem with the 45* angle and the eyepiece hit the mount when slewing to an object and stops the scope dead while the mount is still slewing which strips the plastic gears . overall this telescope is good for the beginning astronomer but there are many much better options out there. it is worth it to spend a little more on a better telescope and mount. you be much happier.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Bought as a gift

    By Dennis

    from BELLEVILLE,NJ

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about iOptron SmartStar A R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

        My wife loves this telescope. I wish I bought it years ago to start a wonderful hobby such as star gazing. Thank you

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Love at first sight!

        By Nancy

        from SAFFORD,AZ

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Travel

          Comments about iOptron SmartStar A R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

          I bought this after doing a lot of research. Very happy with purchase and it will do everything I want it to. I read the manuals before ordering to ensure it would meet my needs and wants. The quick set up guide was adequate for a beginner. I plan to enhance with additional eye pieces and filters.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Good value intro to GoTo astronomy

          By Donald

          from NEWBURY PARK,CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about iOptron SmartStar A R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

            The system is easy to set up. Tracking is OK, but it's hard to tell if apparent tracking error is due to alignment. I would have liked a better way to determine how well the mount is aligned. The 80 mm refractor is about what I expected for an inexpensive telescope... best used at low magnification. The 25 mm and 10 mm eyepieces are a good selection. The mount is as stable as one could reasonably expect. I have not used the mount in equatorial mode yet. The system is a good value for the cost.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Seeing is believing

            By Louie the lawyer

            from New Jersey

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about iOptron SmartStar A R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

              What they said is what I got !! I wish I could say that about every website and advertiser.

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              Customer Q & A

              3 Questions About This Product
              Q: "Can I see the images on my computer so I can save them and show to my science class?"
              A: You would not be able to connect this scope to a computer without using a CCD Imager.  This would allow you to take pictures using your scope while connected to a laptop computer.
              Q: "How difficult is the initial alignment on this scope?"
              A: Fairly easy to say the least, you'll turn on your scope and it will walk you through the alignment process.
              Q: "How much does this telescope weigh?"
              A: The iOptron SmartStar A R80 weighs 14.5lbs.
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