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Celestron 80ED Refractor 3.1"/80mm Spotting Scope Kit

B&H # CE80EDR Mfr # 52280
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Angled Viewing
  • ED Glass
  • 24x Eyepiece
  • Accepts 1.25" Astronomical Eyepieces
  • Adaptable to 2" Eyepieces/Diagonals

This is a really nice piece, beautifully crafted & producing beautiful images.   The 80ED Refractor spotting scope produces the greatest images within the family of Celestron sport optics telescopes.

First, its large 80mm aperture provides bright, breathtaking views of ground and celestial objects alike.  The use of extra-low dispersion glass delivers supreme color fidelity and resolution, as well as all but eliminating chromatic aberration-which is always perceptible in a side-by-side comparison to even the most novice of users.  Look for a halo of color at the fringe of an object, especially where it meets a brighter background:  that's chromatic aberration, which gets to be more and more of a bugaboo as magnfication increases, and as you increase magnification with the 80ED Refractor you will see the benefits of ED glass.

Next, the focusing barrel diameter is the preferred 2.00", permiting the use of 2.00" eyepieces.  The experience of observing through big 2.00" eyepieces is not to be missed, and proves upon your first glance to be worth the mildly unorthodoxed method that comes with viewing through a 90° diagonal with a laterally reversed image.  Compared to the included 45° erect image prism and smaller eyepiece, you will feel far more surrounded by a view which is noticeably brighter.  Select either the 2.00" Accessory Kit(Celestron catalog number 94305 & B&H code "CE2AK") for the best value in achieving this, or the combination of the #93519 diagonal(B&H code "CEDM2") & the #93362 19.0mm Axiom eyepiece(B&H code "CEEPA19Q") for a more limited but higher quality introduction to 2.00" viewing.

This is not a scope to go hiking with, but it isn't too terribly big, either.  Like the 80mm and 102mm Wide View series as well as the C130 Mak & C5 Spotter scopes, this is a unit which is best suited to observing from a fixed locale(such as an apartment balcony or backyard deck) or for taking short distances from the vehicle when observing 'on location'.  But the optical brilliance of the 80ED Refractor must be seen to be believed; from terrestrial gazing at 25-60x powers to astronomy use with short eyepieces and magnifications beyond 150x, it continually delivers at a level that astounds-particularly for this attractive price.

The 80ED Refractor has a focal length of 600mm, so if you're using another 1.25" eyepiece you simply divide 600 by the focal length of the eyepiece to determine the magnification.  You'll need a sturdy tripod for terrestrial use or an equatorial mount for astronomy; if you'll be using the scope for earthbound observing, the first recommended tripod is a perfect accompaniment.  The included dovetail bracket adapts directly to Celestron's fine CG-5 mount, which is listed here in both its manual and computerized variants.

Exceptionally brilliant 600mm f/7.5 apochromatic optics, capable of better resolution than ~$1,500 European prismatic telescopes
2" Focusing barrel diameter for use of 2" diagonals & eyepieces
Incorporated SLR-type camera adapter upon barrel reducer(requires camera-specific T-mount)
Beefy tripod adapter block with direct attachment to CG-5 mount or use with conventional 1/4"-20 tripod screw
45° Erect image diagonal & 25mm (24x) Plossl eyepiece
Well suited to wide field astrophotography
6x30 Finderscope included
Compatible with the #93691 Celestron binocular viewer(when used with two 1.25" eyepieces and the #93327 Barlow lens)
Magnification 24x (can be altered with different eyepieces)
Objective Lens Diameter 80mm
Angle of View 2.2° (can be altered with different eyepieces)
Field-of-View (@ 1000 Yds) 114' (38 m at 1000 m)
(can be altered with different eyepieces)
Minimum Focus Distance 22.0' (6.7 m)
(can be altered with different eyepieces)
Exit Pupil Diameter 3.3mm
(changes with different eyepieces)
Eye Relief 20mm
(changes with different eyepieces)
Relative Brightness 11.1
(changes with different eyepieces)
Twilight Factor 43.8
(changes with different eyepieces)
Weatherproofing None
Dimensions 23.0" (584mm) in Length
Weight 6.75 lb (3060 g) complete
Celestron 80ED Refractor 3.1"/80mm Spotting Scope Kit
  • 25mm (24x) 1.25" Plossl Eyepiece
  • 6x30 Finderscope with Bracket
  • 2.00" to 1.25" Adapter(for focusing barrel)
  • 1.25" 45-° Erect Image Diagonal
  • Dovetail Adapter Plate with 1/4"-20 Threaded Tripod Socket
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • 2-Year Warranty
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