The Vixen Optics A80Mf with GP2 mount is an excellent first telescope recommendation for those wanting to learn about astronomy; a light, well-made optical tube combined with a classic mount. The A80Mf offers the same quality glass and workmanship that Vixen optics incorporates into their larger instruments. As an achromatic refractor optical design, it is capable of rendering high resolution planetary, lunar, and deep-sky visual images. The scope's focuser barrel directly accepts SLR cameras when combined with a camera-specific T-mount. Together with the GP2 mount, this is a great celestial observing outfit for those who will enjoy learning the night sky atlas and finding celestial objects for themselves-instead of having a machine do it.
The Vixen GP2 Equatorial Mount is so well respected throughout the world that it is the standard which is universally copied by many different companies outside of Japan (known as 'CG-5', 'EQ-4', etc.). The copies, loving as they are, focus on lowering costs-and in their wake have left a thriving aftermarket cottage industry to improve them. You don't really have to spend too much more to cut through all that baloney-every geared part on the GP2 is individually inspected before assembly in Japan, and lubricants are the best available. It shows in its use. The modular GP2 has a slew of upgrades to accommodate growing astronomical interests and skills, so you'll use the mount for a long time to come.
Together with the GP2, this outfit's perfect for some imaging use; add a clamp-on digiscoping adapter for simple use with point and shoot cameras, or attach a Vixen T-mount directly upon the rear of the scope if you want to use your DSLR camera. Crisp shorter-duration images can easily be made with just some judicious manual operation of the mount; for professional images from longer exposures of several minutes (or even hours), add such accessories as a polar axis scope, an MT-1 motor drive with an SD-1 motor drive controller, and the GA-4 illuminated guiding adapter.
The A80Mf with GP2 is an all-manual affair, ready to observe without any batteries needed beyond a good star chart and red flashlight.
- Classic, refined GP2 manual equatorial mount
- Lightweight optical tube design
- Included finderscope
- Includes two Plössl eyepieces
- Included star diagonal connects eyepieces to telescope
- Dew shield prevents moisture upon objective lens
- Focuser barrel directly accepts SLR cameras (camera-specific T-mount required)