Telescopes and Telescope Accessories from Celestron, Meade, iOptron, Zhumell and More at Telescopes.com
1-800-303-5873
GUEST#   0
Telescopes Super Sale

iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope

Item# IOPT007
 
4.0

(48 Ratings)

Customer Q & A
1. Color:
Astro Blue
Terra Green

Sale Price:

$329.98 to $339.98

List Price: $690.00
Save 52%
Free Shipping with Economy Service
or to get it as soon as Tuesday with FedEx 1 Day when you buy today

View All Shipping Options

to get it as soon as Friday with FedEx 1 Day when you buy today

View All Shipping Options

Qty
Add To Cart
Details & Dimensions
Guarantee & Returns
  • 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

Description

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.

 

Features:

 

  • 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

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 , GPS

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 Enthusiast

Component

1.4 Resolution , 11.3 Limiting Magnitude , 25mm Eyepiece 2

Options

Color:

iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope
Zhumell Commodore Brass Telescope
$214.01
Zhumell Commodore Brass Telescope
Zhumell Alexander Brass Zoom Telescope
$195.01
Zhumell Alexander Brass Zoom Telescope
Tasco 402x60 Refractor Telescope with 1200x Microscope
$79.98
Tasco 402x60 Refractor Telescope with 1200x Microscope
Celestron AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope
$129.95
Celestron AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope
Celestron PowerSeeker 60 Telescope
$69.95
Celestron PowerSeeker 60 Telescope

The Perfect Accessories

Customer Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope
 
4.1

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (36)
  • Accurate (31)
  • Quality lenses (28)
  • Strong construction (26)
  • Lightweight (14)

Cons

  • Unstable (6)
  • Difficult to use (5)
  • Difficult to focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (41)
  • Bird watching (18)
  • Travel (18)
  • Hiking (10)
  • Bright conditions (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (43), Avid adventurer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent telescope for the price

As an owner of several telescopes I can honestly say this is my most enjoyable purchase so far.
I have to say it is better than the Meade ETX series (I have...Read complete review

As an owner of several telescopes I can honestly say this is my most enjoyable purchase so far.
I have to say it is better than the Meade ETX series (I have an ETX-125) and this little telescope get used the most by me. Mood shots with a Neximage CCD camera are highly detailed and spectacular, Saturn's rings clearly visible, I have observed many nebulae and star clusters due to it's wide field view and nice focal ration. The hand controller is also better than Meade Autostar, more lines of test and easier to read for me. I love this scope and I give it a solid 5 stars with no reservation.

If you are looking for a gift for the first time stargazer, or just a light fun scope for yourself- I highly recommend this.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

compact friend

The weight of this mount is light, so movement to an observation place is very easy. The goto precision is very good. The GPS is also very fast and correct. Therefore a setup...Read complete review

The weight of this mount is light, so movement to an observation place is very easy. The goto precision is very good. The GPS is also very fast and correct. Therefore a setup ends in 2-3 minutes.

It's a little noisy, but It is not awful.
If the goto speed can be done late, it would be perfect and be a quiet mount. I want ioptron to improve this point. The firmware updater is hoped for.

Reviewed by 48 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-5

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Smart buy, not most powerful for cost.

By Neil

from SMITHVILLE,TX

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Assemble
  • Simple Set-up

Cons

  • Needs More Lens Info

Best Uses

  • Outdoors

Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

The green colour was the coolest! The set-up was painless, the on-line manual was pretty good. Ours did not come with a CD with the load-up app's, but found them on the home website. Worked and performed as promised. Next step is simply a more powerful telescope.

  • I Am A:
  • Family Young Kids

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

spend a little more for a celestron

By ruger22com

from mobile, al

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Great For Moon Viewing
  • Quality Lenses

Cons

  • Planets Are Too Small
  • Unstable

Best Uses

  • Bird Watching
  • Moon

Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

This is a nice scope, but realize most of what you spend is for the goto cube mount. the goto mount is Great though a bit complicated for the begineer to learn to use. As for the telescope itself, it shows a chrystal clear but SMALLER view of the moon (even with a 3X lens add-on) and planets just show as shiny dots. it did not take me long to realize I should have spent the extra money for a celestron 6 or 8 system. sure, the celestron 8 costs a little over a grand, but the pictures and views are really more than worth it. This is a good kids learning scope so don't be disappointed if you don't spend the extra money for a better system.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

ioptron gps r80 is Awesome!!

By Lawrence C

from LAS VEGAS,NV

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Bird Watching
    • Hiking/Backpacking
    • Hunting
    • Travel

    Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

    Telescope is great and so was hayneedles customer service!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    68 yrs old first tele

    By Gary

    from ALVARADO,TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Difficult To Focus
    • Difficult to Use
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

    RECEIVED BEFORE LISTED DELIVERY DATE: GOOD

    PACKAGE: GOOD

    CONTENTS: EVERYTHING STATED

    ASSEMBLY: EASY

    NOT EASY TO SET UP. AC ADAPTER FAULTY {DID NOT WORK}. VERY DIFFICULT TO LEVEL AND FOCUS. FOR A BEGINER LIKE ME, DO NOT UNDERSTAND HAND CONTROLER, NEED INSTRUCTIONS ON THE STAR NUMBERING SYSTEM, LIKE A PRINTED LIST FOR WHAT NUMBER GETS WHAT STAR. INSTRUCTIONS ON SETUP WERE GOOD. ONLY FOUND ONE PLANET JUPITER, NEEDS A LONGER VIEWING LENS IF LOOKING UP HAVE TO KNEEL OR SET ON GROUND BECAUSE THE EYEPIECE INPOINTER THE GROUND.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Hoping I will finally see something

    By Jacqueline

    from BLUFFTON,SC

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Read The Doc Many Times
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Firmware Update Tedious
    • Lense Cases Recycled
    • Scope Made In 2011
    • Setup Info Confusing

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • At Least The Moon I Hope

    Comments about iOptron SmartStar G R80 GoTo GPS Refractor Telescope:

    Although this scope is 2 years old(wish I had known that), I believe it will help me begin to look at the planets. Unfortunately the doumentation that came with the equipment was quite sketchy and the iOptron website and their support staff poor for clear and complete documentation. No one as of yet has returned support calls - just emails so far.
    But as a beginner, I need a lot more than email support. I have a lot of questions but am plodding thru things on my own.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    Displaying reviews 1-5

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

    Customer Q & A

    Q1: 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).

    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: Does this telescope display erect images?

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

    Q4: 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.

    Ask a Question  

    Don't see the answer you need? Ask a Product Expert! The answer will be emailed to you and then posted here.

    Satisfaction Guaranteed
    1-800-303-5873
    GUEST#   0
    Hayneedle, Inc., Internet Shopping, Omaha, NE
    Telescopes.com is a Hayneedle Inc. store. Copyright 2007 - 2014 , Hayneedle Inc., all rights reserved.