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

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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

  • Description

    Introducing our SmartStar™-A-R80 Entry Level refracting telescope system. Designed with the latest technology the 80 mm lens is crafted with a fluorite based, low dispersion glass that is ground and polished to exact specifications.   The precision design is excellent for viewing bright stars, planets and their moons, as well as for bird watching and other land objects. Two eye pieces come standard to allow for flexibility in viewing either a wider field or a single focused object.

    Dual Mount: Alt-Azimuth & German Equatorial – The Cube™

    The SmartStar™-A-R80 refractor telescope comes with our patented Dual Mount: Alt-Azimuth & German Equatorial, a.k.a. The Cube™. This compact mount design is probably the most functional and flexible unit on the market. Both axis motors are built into a small single unit which is universally compatible with all telescopes using a dove-tail connection. The mount can be level for Alt-Azimuth or locked into position for German Equatorial. In addition, there are no “dead spots” – so you can point your telescope to ANYWHERE above the horizon, whereas, other mounts block the telescope tube at certain points of rotation. This mount also comes standard with AC connection. An optional DC adaptor is available so you can plug your telescope motor into your car if you’re camping or at any remote location.

    The most easy to understand controller on the market

    The GoToNovaTM Controller is much easier to use than other similar products. The hand controller is more intuitive with menu categories better organized. It also has the largest LCD screen on the market with 8 lines of content compared with others that only have 2 lines. Using the easy-to-use hand controller, you can easily set up your telescope and select where you want to go.

    More precise speed control for viewing objects

    The control system also allows you to slew the telescope at 9 different drive speeds, keeping the object within the telescope’s viewfinder for as long as you wish.
    USB Port

    The 8402 hand controller comes with a USB port that tremendously expands the functionalities of the already powerful system. With the USB2COM driver installed, the USB port works as an RS232 serial port. It supports firmware upgrades and computer control. With ASCOM protocol, you can control your telescope with most ASCOM compatible software. This enables you to utilize the CPU, large screen, and disk space of your  PC/laptop. With a wide selection of software, your star gazing experience will never be the same again.

    Simply a better tripod

    Made of 1-inch heavy-duty stainless steel the SmartStar™ Tripod is sturdy yet elegant, and gives the user unparalleled stability during operation. Solid construction joints keep your mount locked securely. With an all-metal support system your valuable telescope will keep still even on a windy night.

    GoToNovaTM Computerized Control System

    The revolutionary GoToNovaTM computerized control system is by far the most technologically advanced automated tracking system available on the market today.  With a database of 50,000 celestial objects, including all of the most famous galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, not to mention the planets, you’ll be able to enjoy star gazing with the simple push of a button.

    32-Channel GPS Module

    All A-series telescopes come standard with a 32-channel GPS module for fully automated operation and alignment. Simply turn on the GoToNovaTM Controller and the GPS module will automatically synchronize your telescope location and time with the GoToNovaTM computerized control system. View celestial objects without having to manually punch in the date, time, latitude or longitude.


    • 80mm achromatic refractor telescope
    • Heavy duty stainless steel tripod
    • Dual Mount: Alt-Azimuth and German Equatorial– The Cube™-- The only mount of its kind for ultimate rotation and universal compatibility
    • Includes the GoToNovaTM Controller. The most intuitive controller on the market.
    • 80,000 object database plus 256 user-defined objects
    • The largest LCD screen on the market with 8 lines and 21-character Hand Control with backlit LED buttons.
    • USB Port for PC Laptop control and firmware upgrades (ASCOM protocol)
    • Drive motor with 9-speed setting for precise tracking
    • Dual-axis Servomotor
    • Standard-equipment AC connection (Optional DC adaptor available)
    • 32-channel GPS module standard on all A series telescopes

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    Shipping Restrictions

    Ships to most international destinations, APOs, and FPOs.

    Dimensions & Specifications


    Astro Blue




    8 x AA

    Battery Included




    Eyepiece 1



    Alt-Az Mount
    Equatorial Mount

    Focal Length


    Focal Ratio


    Good for Astrophotography






    Highest Useful Magnification


    Mount Design

    Single Fork Arm

    Objective Lens Size Code


    Optical Design


    Recommended Usage

    Viewing the Planets
    Viewing the Moon

    Telescopes Series

    iOptron SmartStar Refractor Telescopes

    User Level

    For the Beginner

  • Product Guarantee

    We stand behind all the products we sell, and your satisfaction is our top priority. If you're not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, simply send the item back to us in its original packaging within 30 days of its delivery.

    Manufacturer Warranty

    This product has a limited 1 year manufacturer's warranty covers against defects is provided. If you have specific questions about this product's warranty please contact iOptron's Customer Service department at 1.866.399.4587.

    Return & Exchange Policy

    At our site, returns are easy! You may return new, unused, and resalable items for a refund or exchange. Simply ensure that the item is returned in its original product packaging within 30 days of delivery.

Customer Q&A

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  • Q1: 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.

  • Q2: 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.

  • Q3: How much does this telescope weigh?

    A: The iOptron SmartStar A R80 weighs 14.5lbs.

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