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iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope

Item # HN-IOPT007

Dimensions & Specifications

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

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  • 80mm achromatic refractor telescope
  • GoToNova Controller for automatic object location
  • 50,000 object database
  • GPS module included for easy alignment
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iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope
 
4.0

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (34)
  • Accurate (29)
  • Quality lenses (26)
  • Strong construction (25)
  • Lightweight (13)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (5)
  • Unstable (5)
  • Difficult to focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (40)
  • Travel (17)
  • Bird watching (16)
  • Hiking (9)
  • Bright conditions (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (41), Avid adventurer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent telescope for the price

As an owner of several telescopes I can honestly say this is my most enjoyable purchase so far.
I have to say it is better than the Meade ETX series (I have...Read complete review

As an owner of several telescopes I can honestly say this is my most enjoyable purchase so far.
I have to say it is better than the Meade ETX series (I have an ETX-125) and this little telescope get used the most by me. Mood shots with a Neximage CCD camera are highly detailed and spectacular, Saturn's rings clearly visible, I have observed many nebulae and star clusters due to it's wide field view and nice focal ration. The hand controller is also better than Meade Autostar, more lines of test and easier to read for me. I love this scope and I give it a solid 5 stars with no reservation.

If you are looking for a gift for the first time stargazer, or just a light fun scope for yourself- I highly recommend this.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

compact friend

The weight of this mount is light, so movement to an observation place is very easy. The goto precision is very good. The GPS is also very fast and correct. Therefore a setup...Read complete review

The weight of this mount is light, so movement to an observation place is very easy. The goto precision is very good. The GPS is also very fast and correct. Therefore a setup ends in 2-3 minutes.

It's a little noisy, but It is not awful.
If the goto speed can be done late, it would be perfect and be a quiet mount. I want ioptron to improve this point. The firmware updater is hoped for.

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3.0

68 yrs old first tele

By Gary

from ALVARADO,TX

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Difficult To Focus
  • Difficult to Use
  • Unstable

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

RECEIVED BEFORE LISTED DELIVERY DATE: GOOD

PACKAGE: GOOD

CONTENTS: EVERYTHING STATED

ASSEMBLY: EASY

NOT EASY TO SET UP. AC ADAPTER FAULTY {DID NOT WORK}. VERY DIFFICULT TO LEVEL AND FOCUS. FOR A BEGINER LIKE ME, DO NOT UNDERSTAND HAND CONTROLER, NEED INSTRUCTIONS ON THE STAR NUMBERING SYSTEM, LIKE A PRINTED LIST FOR WHAT NUMBER GETS WHAT STAR. INSTRUCTIONS ON SETUP WERE GOOD. ONLY FOUND ONE PLANET JUPITER, NEEDS A LONGER VIEWING LENS IF LOOKING UP HAVE TO KNEEL OR SET ON GROUND BECAUSE THE EYEPIECE INPOINTER THE GROUND.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
2.0

Hoping I will finally see something

By Jacqueline

from BLUFFTON,SC

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Read The Doc Many Times
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Firmware Update Tedious
  • Lense Cases Recycled
  • Scope Made In 2011
  • Setup Info Confusing

Best Uses

  • Astronomy
  • At Least The Moon I Hope

Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

Although this scope is 2 years old(wish I had known that), I believe it will help me begin to look at the planets. Unfortunately the doumentation that came with the equipment was quite sketchy and the iOptron website and their support staff poor for clear and complete documentation. No one as of yet has returned support calls - just emails so far.
But as a beginner, I need a lot more than email support. I have a lot of questions but am plodding thru things on my own.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Highly disappointed rcieved used scope

By Thomas

from GREER,SC

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Recieved A Used Scope

Cons

  • It Was Broken Also

Best Uses

    Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

    Instead of receiving a new telescope I received a used and broken scope. I would not recommend using Teiescope.com or doing bussnise with Hayneedle.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Disappointed in quality, expected better

    By Jim

    from SOUTH MIAMI,FL

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Lens Quality

    Best Uses

    • Bird Watching
    • Bright Conditions
    • Travel

    Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

    Needs better quality eyepieces and more thorough instructions.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome Telescope

    By Ben

    from CASA GRANDE,AZ

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Lens Quality

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

    Set up was easy after I got the telescope leveled. The automation feature is great and easy to use.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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