iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope

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  • 80mm achromatic refractor telescope
  • GoToNova Controller for automatic object location
  • 50,000 object database
  • GPS module included for easy alignment
  • What's Included

    Telescope, Tripod, 2 Eyepieces, Hand Controller


    Introducing our SmartStar-G-R80 Entry Level 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.


    Alt-Azimuth Mount– The Cube


    The SmartStar™-G-R80 comes with our patented Alt-Azimuth telescope mount, 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. 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 GoToNova 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 GoToNova 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 G-series telescopes come standard with a 32-channel GPS module for fully automated operation. Simply turn on the GoToNova 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
    • Alt-Azimuth Mount– The Cube-- The only mount of its kind for ultimate rotation and universal compatibility
    • Includes the GoToNova Controller. The most intuitive controller on the market.
    • 50,000 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 5-speed setting for precise tracking
    • Dual-axis Servo Motor
    • Standard-equipment AC connection (Optional DC adaptor available)
    • 32-channel GPS module standard on all G 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

    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 Enthusiast


    Dowloand the iOptron SmartStar G Series Quick Start Guide
    Download the iOptron SmartStar G Series Manual
  • 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: Does this telescope display erect images?

    A: This telescope does come with a 45 degree erecting diagonal.

  • Q2: Does this telescope require batteries, if so what size?

    A: The is telescope requires 8x AA batteries to operate if you are not using an A/C adapter.

  • Q3: How travel friendly is this? What kind of space is need for storage?

    A: It's fairly easy to break down and either place in the trunk of your vehicle or on the back seat.

  • Q4: Would this unit require a moon filter for brightness washout? And if so what would be compatible? Thanks for your help!

    A: A Moon Filter would be highly recommended if you are observing the Moon. Here is a Moon Filter that would work with the iOptron, Celestron Telescope Moon Filter 1 1/4 Inch (CELE133).

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