# 11 Jun, 2019 15:03
I am going to look at this scope, its used but well maintained and I am replacing my very old Orion 8" F4 Newtonian. The rust is coming through the primary mirror. I was looking for a smaller scope for widefield and the like.|
I have a Celestron Nightscape 8300 Camera and concerned about Focus, is this a good Imaging scope? And do I need a reducer?
# 29 Jul, 2019 13:25
Great imaging scope - I enjoyed using one for 10 years with several APS sized cameras.|
But be sure to get a flattener for it, with or without reduction.
I used a Williams Optics pflat2 (0.85x).
The skywarcher and orion flatterers are understood to work well to.
When imaging smaller items (which will be heavily cropped), just remove the flattener.
# 06 Aug, 2019 23:48
I have the "normal" ED-80, and I think it looks great. I'm a newbie, but at the last star party I did, many of the old timers were raving about the optics for the price I paid.|
I added the SkyWatcher x.85 flattener/reducer when I added the mono camera. I have a hell of a time focusing, but it is probably my old eyes. When I get it, its plenty sharp. I'm going to add an auto-focuser to solve this…
All in all, this is everything and more than I expected in a scope for less than $1k.
Hope this helps.
# 07 Aug, 2019 08:02
I have the black diamond version of the ED80 but the gold version of the ED120 and find both to be good scopes. I like the design and ease of mounting and mounting other things on it.|
I would however recommend a focal reducer/flattener as it will speed up the optics a bit.
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