TeleVue 85 mm f/7 APO (Doublet) Refractor Telescope
From astronomical observing to spotting, to birding, and with APO performance and airline portability, the Tele Vue-85 has been delighting astronomy and birding enthusiasts and reviewers alike. The Tele Vue-85's mix of aperture and small physical size makes it a wonderful "go anywhere, do anything," crossover instrument—with Tele Vue quality, of course! "Eye-popping performance that raises the standard of excellence for highly portable instruments." The TV85 APO Doublet Refractor makes an easily-portable medium field astronomical telescope, whether you are in your own backyard or at a dark site for a star party! This OTA is finished in a White color.
The TeleVue 85 mm f/7 Apochromatic Doublet Refractor Telescope has been a favorite of many astronomers for a long time. Astronomers have frequently commented on its ability to provide very high contrast, dark sky-background, super-sharp images of celestial objects with highly resolved details in the extended objects like planets and the Moon. This Excerpt from a "Sky & Telescope" magazine review by Chris Cook is fairly typical: The Tele Vue 85 mm f/7 APO refractor is truly an incredible instrument with superb, well-corrected optics. The scope's mechanical construction is also first class all the way. Whether you are traveling halfway around the world to photograph a total solar eclipse or just casually observing from your backyard, the Tele Vue 85 offers today's amateurs an extremely powerful, compact instrument capable of delivering stunning images of the universe around us. This scope is a real gem! (— Cook, C. "The Tele Vue 85: A Sharp Scope for People on the Go"). Sky & Telescope (Sept. 1998).
The "Better View Desired" website reviewer summed up the TeleVue "experience" when he said he would choose the TeleVue-85, "...to really enjoy the incredible beauty of the living birds... And, even now, every time I look at a bird through one of the exceptional conventional spotting scopes, I'll be thinking: 'I wonder what this would look like through the Tele Vue-85? I wonder what this bird really looks like?'" Yes, pure enjoyment of nature's beauty without awareness of a thing in between.
If you purchase an optional star diagonal, then the image is left-right reversed. For astronomical viewing, this diagonal permits the sharpest, brightest hi-power viewing, and also permits using 2" barrel eyepieces for the widest possible views. You may want to consider the optional 60° 1¼" mirror version for top comfort as well as image quality, or the optional 45° erect image diagonal which would be ideal for birding.
|Type:||APO (Doublet) Refractor - White Finish|
|Focal Length:||600 mm|
|Focal Ratio (f/#):||7|
|Length OTA:||19 inches|
|Length with diagonal:||21.9" (with 2-inch diagonal)|
|Weight OTA/Std. Config:||5.95 lb / 5.95 lb|
|Drawtube/Focuser:||2-inch, Focusmate Dual-speed Rack & Pinion|
|Maximum Visual Field:||4.4° (with 2-inch 55 mm Plössl)|
|Maximum Recommended Power:||225 x|
|Includes:||Threaded Objective Dust Cover; soft Carry Bag|
|Tele Vue Eyepieces:||Optional; not included with OTA|