Orion 80-A ShortTube Telescope Package-Discontinued

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Orion 80-A ShortTube Telescope Package-Discontinued   Discontinued
Item # OR-9947
  • The Astronomy version of the popular Orion Short Tube 80A refractor telescope has a larger finderscope and a classic star diagonal to optimize your views of the heavens.
  • The ShortTube 80 now comes with fully multi-coated optics, but delivers the same wide-field views that made the classic Orion Short Tube 80A telescope famous.
  • Store and carry your Orion telescope in style with the included soft, padded carry case.
  • PS: If you like the idea of a larger finder but want to do terrestrial viewing as well as astronomy, all you have to do is add a 45 or 90 Erect Image Prism to your system and you are ready to rock, no matter which direction you're looking!


Orion Short Tube 80 Telescope for Astronomy...

The ST80-A (for "Astronomy") is an upgraded version of the ever-popular Orion ShortTube 80 telescope. Now improved with fully multi-coated optics and a soft carrying case, the "little scope that could" is better than ever! The Orion Short Tube 80 is a fantastic astronomy telescope that is portable enough to take anywhere, and you'll love its bright, wide-field views. The 80mm objective lens and short 400mm (f/5.0) focal length are perfect for taking in wide swaths of the heavens, making it ideal for larger deep-sky objects. You'll see spectacular star clusters, wispy nebulas, and expansive galaxies with this telescope, but it also excels at viewing objects in our solar system. Enjoy experiencing the phases of the Moon and tracking the motions of the planets with crisp views of Saturn's rings and Jupiter's moons.

Multi-coating on all air-to-glass optical surfaces of the Short Tube 80 ensures maximum light transmission for sharp, accurate image fidelity. This package includes an aluminum rack-and-pinion focuser (1.25"), a 90° mirror diagonal, a large 8x40 finder, tube rings, and two Expanse eyepieces (20mm and 9mm), and the convenient mounting block attaches easily to a wide variety of mounts. The Orion Short Tube 80 telescope is a great way to get started in astronomy — or add a portable second scope to your astro arsenal.

Orion Product Number: 9947
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU OR-9947
Manufacturer Orion
Telescope Series Orion Optical Tube Assemblies
Optical Design Refractor - Achromatic
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 3.15"
Telescope Focal Length 400mm
Telescope Focal Ratio f/6
Highest Useful Magnification 160x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 12.2
Optical Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
Tube Color or Finish Gloss White
OTA Mount Type Dual Rings
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not provided by manufacturer
Length of Optical Tube 15"
Optical Tube Weight 3.8 lbs.
Mount Weight N/A
Total Telescope Weight 3.8 lbs.
Objects in Database N/A
Alignment Procedure N/A
Tripod Type Included None, Sold Separately
CD ROMs Included Starry Night SE
Eyepiece(s) Included 20mm, 9mm
Case Included? Yes
Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal
Dew Shield Included? Yes
Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power
Counterweights Included N/A
Finder Included 8 x 40 Optical Finder

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

80mm Short Tube
This scope has been a favorite with amatuers for a very long time. I was very impressed with all the machine work and the tightness of the focusser. With the improvements to the coatings and the two Wide Field Eyepieces, it is an unheard of bargain. It also has a cradle mount so the tube can be rotated to any position. I live in the center of the City of Escondido and the views were very impressive!! At low power, abberations are not noticeable. I also use it for Birdwatching!!!
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Patrick Goodspeed / (Posted on 1/12/2010)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Orion Short Tube 80 telescope optical tube assembly
  • 20mm Expanse eyepiece (1.25")
  • 9mm Expanse eyepiece (1.25")
  • 90º mirror star diagonal (1.25")
  • 8x40 finder scope
  • Finder scope bracket with O-ring
  • Tube rings
  • Dovetail tube ring mounting plate
  • Tube ring mounting hardware screws
  • Dust cap
  • Starry Night special edition software
  • Instructions
  • Soft Carry Case
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Will this mount up to all my 35MM photography tripods or do I need to buy anything else? If I need anything else, can you tell me what it is and is it in stock? Thanks!
How well will this work for astrophotography? I'm looking to add a portable telescope for DSO imaging. Currently have a 9.25 Evo from Celestron but want a wider field. Also, recommendations for a EQ mount for this scope would be great. Not sure if I plan to move up to an EQ mount for my 9.25 yet.
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