Tele Vue 85 3.35"/85mm Refractor Telescope (Green)

Tele Vue 85 3.35"/85mm Refractor Telescope (Green)

Tele Vue 85 3.35"/85mm Refractor Telescope (Green)

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Tele Vue 85 3.35"/85mm Refractor Telescope (Green)

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  • Apochromatic Doublet Refractor
  • 600mm, f/7
  • 3.35"/85mm Objective
  • Dual-Speed 10:1 Focuser
  • 20mm Plössl Eyepiece
  • 2" Mirror Diagonal
  • Fully Multicoated
  • Made in USA
  • Requires Mount & Tripod
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Price:  $2,425.00

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The Tele Vue-85 3.35"/85mm Refractor Telescope (Green) from Tele Vue is a leading classic in the stellar field of high end serious sky watching. Tele Vue's craftsmanship and optical excellence is legendary. This APO doublet refractor offers a 600mm focal length with f/7 in a precision crafted instrument. The traditional Tele Vue-85 telescope has been upgraded with a Focusmate dual-speed 10:1 rack and pinion focuser. A combination of focal length, aperture and field of view renders this scope a first choice for both celestial and terrestrial viewing.

The Tele Vue-85 Complete bundles a Tele Vue Plössl 20mm eyepiece and an Everbrite 90° mirror diagonal with the telescope. The 2" diagonal is provisioned to accept a 1.25" eyepiece with the included adapter. A sliding metal dew shield, screw-on metal lens cover and a tube ring-mount with mounting threads make a very practical telescope package with only the addition of a mount and tripod necessary. The spiffy, soft, carrying case completes and complements the Tele Vue-85 Complete 3.35"/85mm Refractor.

The apochromatic refractor is the telescope design which produces the greatest breathtaking contrast and resolution, and Tele Vue doesn't skimp on the engineering. It won't deliver the light gathering capacity per dollar of Newtonian reflectors nor the portability for aperture of a Schmidt-Cassegrain. What it does deliver are views to be envied by both, with the darkest of background sky and the sharpest, widest fields imaginable. Combined with Tele Vue eyepieces, the experience cannot be bested by anything one would consider portable.

APO doublet refractor with 1 group of 2 elements
Soft, padded, shoulder bag allows convenient and stylish transportation
Sliding metal dew shield and screw-on metal lens cover add protection and shielding to the telescope
Focusmate dual-speed 2" rack & pinion focuser 10:1 with a 1¼" eyepiece adapter and a brass clamp ring
Adjustable ring mount with ¼-20 tapped holes for standard photographic tripods or optional Tele Vue mountings
Everbrite 2", 99%, 1/10-wave, mirror diagonal with brass clamp ring imparts correct visual orientation and reduced neck strain
Fully multicoated optics provide multiple layers on all air to glass surfaces for a brighter, higher-contrast image with less eyestrain
Tele Vue Plössl 1.25" 20mm eyepiece provides a 50° Apparent Field of View, 14mm eye relief, 24x magnification, 3.2mm exit pupil and an FOV of 106.9' @ 1000 yds
Short, fast focal length of 600mm, f/7. Besides the primary use as a photo/visual telescope it is also suited for lower-powered and wide field terrestrial views
In the Box
Tele Vue 85 3.35"/85mm Refractor Telescope (Green)
  • Plossl 20mm Eyepiece (1.25")
  • 2" to 1.25" Adapter - Allows Using 1.25" Devices in 2" Focusers
  • Soft Carry Case
  • Sliding Metal Dew Shield
  • Screw-On Metal Lens Cover
  • 2" 90-Degree Everbrite Mirror Diagonal
  • Tube Ring-Mount with Mounting Threads
  • 2" Focusmate Dual-Speed Focuser 10:1
  • 5-Year Warranty Against Manufacturer Defects
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    Tele Vue TV-85 specs

    Optical Design Apochromatic refractor
    Optical Lens Diameter 3.35" / 85 mm
    Focal Length 23.6" / 600 mm
    Focal Ratio f/7
    Maximum Useful Magnification 225x
    Maximum Visual Field 4.4°

    with 2-inch 55mm Plössl

    Resolving Power 1.4 arc-sec
    Mount Type Adjustable ring mount
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2". 1.25" adapter included
    Finderscope Not included
    Tripod Not included
    Motor None
    GO-TO Capability None
    PC Compatible None
    Power Source None
    Optical Tube Dimensions Length: 19" / 48.3 cm
    With diagonal: 21.9" / 55.6 cm
    Weight OTA: 6.1 lb / 2.8 kg
    Standard configuration: 8 lb / 3.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 13.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.6 x 10.7 x 8.3"

    Tele Vue TV-85 reviews

    85 3.35"/85mm Refractor Telescope (Green) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great 85 Refractor although Expensive. Great for Astrophotography.Small in size. Sharp and clear viewing. You will not get great magnification. You will need this: PANORAMIC ash or wallnut Photographic Accessories ACM-1250 1 Camera Adapter ACM-2000 2 Camera Adapter and two or three eyepieces you like best.
    Date published: 2012-07-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nagler's optics and B&H equipment both industrial monuments 6 telescopes in 25 years and the Tele-Vue 85 is a keeper. Small package and as promised razer sharp imagery beats my old 8 SCT. We've been upgrading cameras and lenses from B&H since before internet sales. It's the first place I'd look for high end gear.
    Date published: 2016-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleased With my Purchase! Extremely pleased with my choice of refractors, and wish I'd done it several years sooner! Was introduced to the world of Astronomy by my neighbor back in 1981. He had just donated his primary telescope to the university where he retired from, and had bought a Questar Standard. A couple years later, I too bought a new Standard, and have enjoyed it immensely for several decades. While my scope collection has grown a bit over the years, I still own that same Questar, a nice 8 reflector, and a couple pair of excellent binoculars. Earlier this year, I started getting the itch to add a small diameter refractor, researched literally hundreds of articles on a wide variety of products, and began to absorb the countless details and specifications of various offerings. Didn't want to part with the kind of money the good folks at Takahashi were asking for, wanted to stay away from the mass-branding efforts of the Chinese, and discovered the Tele Vue line of refractor! About all I can say is,.....Wow! An American made, genuine piece of quality engineering and manufacture all wrapped-up in a slick package at an affordable price. The TV-85 was just the right size for my wants and needs, I am impressed with just how well everything,.....and I mean everything works! That this refractor has been manufactured for such a long time speaks volumes as to it's solid build and refinement, and the fact that it is fairly portable will make it the obvious choice for me!
    Date published: 2016-08-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scope good...packaging not so much Box was shipped as previously opened, repaired (poorly) and resealed...NOT impressed... Scope seems to be in good order...but very upset. I'd recommend the scope...NOT B&H....
    Date published: 2017-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent scope TeleVue makes wonderful scopes. This unit is very solid construction. Great, sharp images. I have a much larger scope, but this one is so much more portable that it will be used much more than the heavier scope. It can also be used for terrestrial viewing.
    Date published: 2016-08-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It doesn't get any better than this. This is one beautiful little scope. I had one many years ago with the old single speed focuser and chrome draw tube, and I've missed it almost as soon as I sold it. I bought this one as my travel scope for the upcoming total solar eclipse and I couldn't be happier with it. The new TV85 is much improved over my older model, with a super smooth two speed focuser and more back focus- which I really need with my H-Alpha filter (original Coronado SM60/BF30) for solar work. The optics are super sharp with nearly zero false color, even on the limb of the moon. If you're looking for an heirloom quality travel scope or portable refractor, you can't go wrong with a TV85. Fit and finish are outstanding, customer support from TeleVue is beyond compare, and it's make right here in the USA. It comes with an excellent travel case that's suitable for airline carry-on travel. B&H had an unbeatable price for Black Friday and delivered this to me in two days. It doesn't get any better. This was my first purchase at B&H and I'll be a repeat customer based on my experience with this item.
    Date published: 2016-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed Very well made. The optical quality, using only the included eyepiece, is excellent based on visual experience. An expensive, but very good product.
    Date published: 2017-02-12
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