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Orion Telescopes
Orion VersaGo GX 80ST 80mm Altazimuth Refractor
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  • Super-versatile grab-and-go refractor setup suitable for both daytime viewing and nighttime sky exploration
  • It's our ShortTube 80 wide-field refractor on the nifty new, easy-to-navigate VersaGo GX altazimuth mount, with geared slow-motion controls on both axes and a navigation handle
  • Unlike other telescopes, the GX 80ST includes a 90-degree star diagonal for convenient stargazing AND a 45-degree correct-image diagonal for daytime terrestrial viewing
  • Other great included accessories are 25mm (16x) and 10mm (40x) Sirius Plossl eyepieces, a 6x26 correct-image finder scope, and Orion MoonMap 260
  • Whether you're interest is bagging Milky Way treasures or watching wildlife at the park - or both - the user-friendly VersaGo GX 80ST makes it easy and fun

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Item #  52706

We're all for keeping things simple. And this telescope does just that, while offering the versatility to be enjoyed both for daytime and nighttime visual pursuits. The VersaGo GX 80ST 80mm Altazimuth Refractor combines our popular ShortTube 80mm compact refractor with a new mount, the lightweight VersaGo GX Altazimuth. The result is a telescope that is fun and hassle free to use, and can go anywhere at a moment's notice. For beginning telescope users seeking a great first telescope, or for more-experienced gazers that want a grab-and-go scope for travel or impromptu looks, this is it.

We've outfitted this telescope with two diagonals: a 90-degree star diagonal, which provides a convenient viewing angle for looking upward when stargazing. And a 45-degree correct-image diagonal for daytime terrestrial observing, when things need to appear right-side-up. Pop the 90-degree diagonal and an eyepiece in the aluminum rack-and-pinion focuser and enjoy crisp, wide-field views of the heavens by virtue of its 400mm focal length (f/5), 80mm-diameter (3.1") achromatic lens. Target Milky Way star fields, or the rugged surface of the Moon with the aid of the included Orion MoonMap 260. We bet you'll be suitably impressed. Antireflection multi-coatings on the optics ensure the images will be bright and vivid.

Or insert the 45-degree correct-image diagonal and either the included 25mm (16x) or 10mm (40x) Sirius Plossl eyepiece and explore your surroundings when the Sun is up. The 6x26 correct-image finder scope helps you home in on your subject.

Navigating the telescope couldn't be easier with the VersaGo GX altazimuth mount. Just grasp the pan handle of the all-aluminum mount head and smoothly point the telescope in any direction. For fine movements you've got a knurled slow-motion knob on both the altitude and azimuth axes. The tripod features extendable aluminum legs and a twist-in accessory tray.

Total assembled weight of the VersaGo GX 80ST Refractor is 8 lbs., 13.6 oz.


Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-447-1001.


Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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  • Best for viewing
    Nature & scenic
  • Best for imaging
    Lunar & terrestrial
  • User level
  • Optical design
  • Optical diameter
  • Focal length
  • Focal ratio
  • Coatings
  • Optics type
    Air-spaced doublet
  • Glass material
  • Eyepieces
    Sirius Plossl 25.0mm,10.0mm (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    16x, 40x
  • Resolving power
  • Lowest useful magnification
  • Highest useful magnification
  • Highest theoretical magnification
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    6x26 Correct-image
  • Focuser
    1.25" Rack-and-pinion
  • Diagonal degrees
    1.25" 90° Mirror Star
  • Mount type
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Lunar & terrestrial
  • Polar-axis scope
    Not available
  • Counterweights
    One 4 lb.
  • Tube material
  • Tripod material
  • Counterweight bar length
    8 in.
  • Diameter of counterweight shaft
  • Length of optical tube
    15.0 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    3.8 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    5.0 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    8.8 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    MoonMap 260, Twist-in accessory tray, 45-degree correct-image prism diagonal
  • Other features
    Geared micro-motion knobs on both axes, Pan handle for easy navigation
  • Warranty
    One year

ShortTube 80 OTA
25mm Sirius Plossl
10mm Sirius Plossl
6x26 Correct-image finder scope and bracket
90-degree mirror star diagonal
45-degree correct-image diagonal
VersaGo GX mount and aluminum tripod
Accessory tray
Pan handle
MoonMap 260

Orders received by 1pm Eastern Standard Time for in-stock items ship the same business day. Order received after noon will ship the next business day. When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available. You have the option in check out to request that your order ship complete, if you'd prefer.

A per-item shipping charge (in addition to the standard shipping and handling charge) applies to this product due to its size and weight. This charge varies based on the shipping method.

Standard Delivery: $0.00
3 Day Delivery: $25.00
2 Day Delivery: $25.00
Next Day Delivery: $25.00

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