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

Item# IOPT008
 
4.5

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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.


Features:


  • 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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Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Astrophotography , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Battery

8 x AA

Features

GoTo

Brand

iOptron

GPS

Yes

GoTo

Yes

Good for Astrophotography

Yes

Telescopes Series

iOptron SmartStar Refractor Telescopes

Optical Design

Refractor

Aperture

80mm

Focal Length

400mm

Focal Ratio

f/5.0

Mount Design

Single Fork Arm

Battery Included

No

Eyepiece 1

10mm

Highest Useful Magnification

150x

User Level

For the Beginner

Component

1.4 Resolution , 11.3 Limiting Magnitude , 25mm Eyepiece 2

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iOptron SmartStar A R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Accurate (7)
  • Compact (5)
  • Strong construction (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (9)
    • Bird watching (6)
    • Travel (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

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    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
             
            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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great first Telescope

              By Umbagog

              from Errol, NH

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Difficult To Focus

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Bird Watching
              • Low Visibility

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

              Follow the quick start guide for success. Could be better quality with focusing controls

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              Customer Q & A

              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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