The Shorttube 80 is one of my favorite scopes. I purchased this telescope to be used as a guide scope but discovered that its optics work very well for deep sky astrophotography. Here is a recent image taken of the Great Spiral Nebula in Andromeda.
Date Taken: 10/25/2013 Photographer:
Kevin Witman Location: Cochranville, Pennsylvania
Orion ShortTube 80-A Refractor Telescope
Canon XS DSLR Processing: Images Plus and Photoshop CS5 Exposure: 38 x 30 sec Notes: I have had a passion for astronomy since my early years in elementary school during the 70's. The North Museum planetarium in Lancaster, PA near my home and Star Trek fueled this interest. I am now working part time in this same planetarium 35 years later sharing many of the photographs with the public.
Astro-images taken through a telescope on a tracking mount provide breathtaking color and detail that you just can't see with your eyes alone. The astro-images on our web site demonstrate the imaging capabilities of the products used and are not intended to represent what you will see when you look through a telescope.
An upgraded version of the ShortTube 80, the 80-A is very portable and is perfect for the beginning astronomer. Wide field of view makes it ideal for deep sky viewing. The refractor optical tube attaches easily to any Orion telescope mount.
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