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iOptron SmartStar E R80 GoTo Refractor Telescope

Item# IOPT004
 
4.0

(24 Ratings)

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  • Ultimate rotation with The Cube™ Alt-Azimuth Mount
  • Includes ultra-intuitive GoToNova™ Controller
  • 5,000 object database plus 256 user-defined objects
  • GPS-compatible with optional GPS Module (#8411)

What's Included?

Telescope, Tripod

Description

Introducing our SmartStar™-E-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™-E-R80 refractor telescope comes with our patented Alt-Azimuth 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 adapter 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 a larger LCD screen with more lines of content compared with the competition. Using the easy-to-use hand controller and its large LCD screen, 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 5 different drive speeds, keeping the object within the telescope’s viewfinder for as long as you wish.


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 5,000 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.


Features:


  • 80mm achromatic refractor telescope
  • Heavy duty stainless steel tripod
  • Alt-Azimuth Mount– The Cube™- the only mount of its kind for ultimate rotation
  • Includes the GoToNova™ Controller- the most intuitive controller on the market.
  • 5,000 object database plus 256 user-defined objects
  • The largest LCD screen on the market with 4 lines and 21-character hand control with backlit LED buttons.
  • Drive motor with 5-speed setting for precise tracking
  • Standard-equipment AC connection (Optional DC adapter available)
  • GPS-compatible with optional GPS Module (#8411)

 


Shipping Restrictions:
Only ships in contiguous USA.

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Battery

8 x AA

Features

Alt-Az Mount , GoTo

Brand

iOptron

GPS

No (optional)

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 , 20mm Eyepiece 2

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iOptron SmartStar E R80 GoTo Refractor Telescope
 
4.0

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (12)
  • Quality lenses (10)
  • Strong construction (10)
  • Compact (9)
  • Comfortable eyepiece (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (22)
  • Bird watching (11)
  • Travel (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (19), Avid adventurer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Scope for beginner and experienced

Great scope for sky parties so I don't have to break down my C11. On my first use I took some pictures of the moon, see attached. Nice wide field of view, looking...Read complete review

Great scope for sky parties so I don't have to break down my C11. On my first use I took some pictures of the moon, see attached. Nice wide field of view, looking forward to trying to capture large objects like M42 with this scope.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK

I wanted something to get started and involve the kids. I see now something in a much higher price range would have met my expectations better. As a daytime scope to spot/film wildlife...Read complete review

I wanted something to get started and involve the kids. I see now something in a much higher price range would have met my expectations better. As a daytime scope to spot/film wildlife this would be a winner for the price. For astronomy it is clear, easy to use, but leaves a lot to be desired in resolution.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

a headache

By Just Pat

from Cleveland Ohio

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Difficult to Use
  • Unstable

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about iOptron SmartStar E R80 GoTo Refractor Telescope:

The scope itself is ok, but the lenses that come with it are no good. I bought the one with gps, and it is a pain. It is a pin to level, and it gets worse yet. The tripod that came with mine was cheap aluminum, and it stripped in a few months. The tripod itself was junk too. So I bought the "better tripod" like the one pictured here. It is great, if you are a smurf or midget. It is tiny, and is once again a pain to level. Like I said the tube is good, but by the time you are done buying a good tripod, you will have spent much more than what the scope is worth. Recently, I bought the 4 se by Celestron, and I love it! Save a couple extra hundred now if you don't have it and buy the 4 se by Celestron. You will thank me.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Love It

By Josh

from Ga

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about iOptron SmartStar E R80 GoTo Refractor Telescope:

    Easy once you figure out how to align it. May want to order better eyepieces than the ones that come with it. It was very simple to put together and so far seems pretty sturdy. When you align it make sure you put it in park position first and make sure the bubble level is centered. Then do first start align then do a second Star and your set.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    The drive does not work-period.

    By Sam the Man

    from VA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Bird Watching

        Comments about iOptron SmartStar E R80 GoTo Refractor Telescope:

        Customer Service promises to get this telescope drive to work. Good! My whole review could change if they get this right.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Customer Service response was quick.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Nice toy.

        By rlr

        from Dallas Texas

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about iOptron SmartStar E R80 GoTo Refractor Telescope:

              This scope works, but the plastic parts worry me. I am afraid that normal use will result in breaking the scope.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Great deal!

              By PitBull Scarrier

              from Wisconsin

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Hiking/Backpacking
                • Travel

                Comments about iOptron SmartStar E R80 GoTo Refractor Telescope:

                Bought this for my husband's (and myself) birthday. I'd done a lot of research online to get the best quality for my dollar, and this telescope was everything I'd wanted and more. After set-up, you're able to immediately view specific items in the sky. Very cool!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                Customer Q & A

                Q1: Can you attach a DSLR camera to this scope?

                A: Yes.  You will need a T-Adapter in 1.25" format and you will need to find a T-Ring that fits the make and model of your camera.   We also have a universal camera adapter that can fit any camera to the end of this telescope.  You can locate it under out item number ZHUI012.

                Q2: Does this come with a case? If not can you recommend a sturdy case?

                A: This item does not come with a case.   At this time we have no cases available that would fit this telescope.

                Q3: The picture does not show how the telescope can be aimed straight up without interfering with the beige hub or tripod. Is the telescope offset on a shaft?

                A: Yes. The telescope barrel is mounted to the right of the star box and is able to aim straight up with no interference.

                Q4: If the batteries are dead in the mount, can you manually move the mount as you wish?

                A: No. The iOptron SmartStar E R80 GoTo Refractor Telescope requires batteries or an external power source to operate at all times.

                Q5: How tall is the tripod?

                A: The tripod height is 46".

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