Tele Vue TV85 APO Telescope - Evergreen

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Tele Vue TV85 APO Telescope - Evergreen
Item # TE-GXF-3371
  • The Televue TV85 telescope is a superb travel scope, measuring only 21.5" (546mm) in length and weighing 8 lbs. (3.6 kg).
  • 23.6" (600mm) focal length combined with 3.35" (85mm) aperture produces an f/7 refractor capable of a limiting stellar magnitude of 12.1 with a superior 1.36 arc seconds of resolution over a 4.4º field.
  • The Televue TV85 refractor combines true apochromatic doublet lens performance with special dispersion low chromatic glass to produce stunning image sharpness and color.
  • The Televue TV85 green telescope package includes 2" Everbrite diagonal, screw-in dust cap, retractable dew shield, clamshell mount, TeleVue Plossl eyepiece, 1.25" adapter and custom soft carrying case.
  • Comes complete with specially manufactured 10:1 dual speed focuser for exceptional smoothness and focus sensitivity.


Televue TV85 Evergreen Package

The Televue-85 combination of the apochromatic doublet lens and the special dispersion glass come together in the genius of the Tele Vue design to provide a stunning 4.4º rich-field which will dazzle the vision with delicate jewel-like stars.

"Deep-sky views with the Tele Vue 85 were equally impressive. At 17x with the 35-mm Panoptic, stars in the open cluster M44 shone like diamonds against a dark background." -- Sky & Telescope Magazine, September 1998

The apochromatic performance of the new Nagler designed, fully multi-coated 2-element objective and 2" Everbrite diagonal produce natural stellar and planetary color rendition even at the highest useful powers. All air-to-glass surfaces in the Tele Vue 85 are multicoated to provide high transmission and virtually eliminate internal reflections. The tube's textured, flat-black inner surface also suppresses reflections and helps deliver high-contrast images. The diagonal itself is know for its legendary full 99% reflectivity properties and permitting the use of long focal length 2" eyepieces. Whether your pushing beyond the theoretical magnification limits of 150x or taking your breath away with incredible low power, picture window views of the heavens, the Tele VueTV-85 is there to deliver.

"Dawes' limit states that an 85-mm objective should resolve double stars separated by as little as 1.3 arcseconds. My first double-star test was Gamma Leonis. This beautiful pair has a 4.4-arcsecond separation and components of magnitude 2.2 and 3.5. It is considered easy for small telescopes. I centered the star using a 35-mm Panoptic eyepiece, which yielded a tack-sharp 17x image. Switching to a 7-mm Nagler upped the magnification to 85x, which easily split the double. I then tried the 15-mm Panoptic and 5x Powermate to obtain 200x. The stars were sharp Airy disks surrounded by extremely clean concentric diffraction rings. A wonderful view! My next target was the 4th-magnitude double Gamma Virginis, with a 1.7-arcsecond separation. The stars were easily split at 200x. Pushing further, I tried the 7-mm Nagler with the Powermate for 428x. The stars appeared sharp and clean with perfect Airy disks surrounded by concentric diffraction rings. The only image degradation was due to the seeing, not the optics. Truly awesome! I had the same visual impression, both at 200x and 428x, when I turned the scope to the 1.6-arcsecond double Xi Ursa Majoris. Incredible!

While a typical eye can resolve Dawes' limit with as little as 12x per inch of aperture, most observers are more comfortable with 20x to 30x and some even prefer 50x or more. Using the Tele Vue 85 at 428x called for a remarkable 125x per inch of aperture! But that's not the end of the story. After the double stars, my next target was the Moon, since I wanted to test the scope for signs of color aberration. If any was present, the Moon's bright limb projected against a dark sky would be where I'd find it. The evening was very steady with the nearly first-quarter Moon high in the western sky. I began with the 20-mm Plssl. The 30x view was incredible with the brilliantly lit Moon standing out in sharp contrast against a jet-black sky. There were no signs of internal reflections to degrade the image. Upping the power to 40x with the 15-mm Panoptic gave an even better view. Numerous craters along the terminator were razor sharp and the ghostly bluish glow of earthshine was clearly visiblea breathtaking sight. Next I added the Powermate for a 200x tour of the lunar surface. Mountain ranges, rays, rilles, and microscopic craters stood out in sharp, bold relief. For nearly an hour I watched mesmerized as the shadow cast by the rim of Theophilus moved across the crater's floor." -- Sky & Telescope Magazine, September 1998

But, the Televue-85 isn't only a night owl. You'll love this telescope for bird watching and nature studies, too. The included 20mm TeleVue Plossl eyepiece provides outstanding scenic views - from the nesting eagles to the sailing ships. The small size and light weight of the TV85 permit the use of lighter-duty tripods for easy field carrying and transportation, making it an ideal companion for nature hikes, vacation trips and travel. The padded shoulder bag provides protection and room for the scope and six eyepieces, and this true rich field telescope can even be considered "carry on" luggage.

As incredible as the Televue-85 performs, it the lasting qualities that count when it comes to making a serious scope investment. Not only is the TV85 a work of optical art - but mechanical as well. The 2" rack and pinion focuser was designed with a brass, non-marring clamp ring instead of a single set screw. Not only will this hold your accessories more securely in place, but it won't mar the barrel of your prized optics - and neither will the 1.25" adapter. The focuser glides smoothly and cleanly, with just enough tension to keep from making corrections too quickly - yet loose enough to keep from feeling "stiff" in cold weather. By including simple standard equipment such as a clamshell tube holder, you can easily mount it to an optional photo tripod or enjoy the optional lightweight and transportable Televue TelePod with your system.

"The Tele Vue 85mm f/7 APO refractor is truly an incredible instrument with superb, well-corrected optics. The scope's mechanical construction is also first class all the way. Whether you are traveling half way around the world to photograph a total solar eclipse or just casually observing from your backyard, the Tele Vue 85 offers today's amateurs an extremely powerful, compact instrument capable of delivering stunning images of the universe around us. This scope is a real gem!" -- Sky & Telescope Magazine, September 1998

Photographers will love the Televue TV-85. For those who are looking for an outstanding tele-photo lens, optional Televue adapters will quickly turn the TV85 into a 600mm (12x) f/7 performer worthy of your best nature and sky shots. If you demand high quality optics, then this is the scope for you.

"In addition to being a top-rate visual instrument, the Tele Vue 85 doubles as a very high quality lens when coupled to the optional field flattener, which increases the focal length slightly to 660 mm (f/7.8). This combination delivers a field about 3 by 2 on 35-mm film, which is perfect for photographing objects such as the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae, the Pleiades, and the Andromeda Galaxy." -- Sky & Telescope Magazine, September 1998

Just look at all you get in the Televue TV85 Package....

  • Included 20mm 1.25" TeleVue Plssl Eyepiece delivers 30X with a 2.9mm exit pupil.
  • Soft foam-fitted Cordura-style nylon carrying case with cut-outs for scope and six eyepieces.
  • Thread-in metal dust cap to protect optics from damage and dust during travel and storage.
  • Retractable lens shade to protect against dew at night and provide better contrast during daylight viewing.
  • 2" Everbrite dielectric coated mirror diagonal with outstanding 99% reflective properties.
  • 1.25" adapter with a non-marring brass clamp rings.
  • Comes complete with specially manufactured 10:1 dual speed focuser for exceptional smoothness and focus sensitivity.
  • Clamshell mount for easy adaptation to option mount and tripod, or photo tripod systems.
  • Five Year Manufacturer Warranty

Televue Product Number: GXC-3370

All Televue products are available to ship world-wide from OPT, and effective July 1, 2008, are covered by a Five Year Worldwide Limited Product Warranty! Always be sure to save your original packaging materials should you need to return any Televue product for warranty or repair.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Tele Vue
Telescope Series Tele Vue TV
Optical Design Refractor - Apochromatic
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty 5 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 3.3 in.
Telescope Focal Length 600mm
Telescope Focal Ratio f/7
Optical Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
Highest Useful Magnification 225x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Tube Color or Finish Televue Evergreen
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Length of Optical Tube 19 in.
Optical Tube Weight 6 lbs. 1.3 oz.
Dew Shield Included? Yes
Dew Shield Outside Diameter Info Not Provided By Manufacturer
Finder Included None
Diagonal Included? Yes - 2" Star Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) Included None

Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

Tele Vue 85: An Unconventional Scope
The 85 is right on the edge of what it might be possible for a really dedicated birder to carry into the field. Fortunately, however, the Tele Vue is superbly balanced and its mass actually lends stability to any tripod you use with it, making any of the standard Bogan/Manfrotto tripods and heads quite effective. Okay, so why would anyone even think of carrying such an elephant into the field after birds? Simple answer: the view! You will note here that I did not say the ability to make IDs at greater distances, or the ability to make IDs where other scopes would fail. The fact is that I doubt you would ever find yourself in a situation where the extra resolution and brightness of the 85 would make a difference in your ability to identify a bird. No, the issue here is not identification level detail. The issue is the view—the shear beauty of the living bird, at any distance between 10 feet and half a mile, as seen through Tele Vue 85.

By that I mean that it shows enough detail to identify and enjoy any bird you are likely to see in the field. And, believe me, I demand a high level of detail beyond what is necessary merely to identify the bird to enjoy it. I want to see something very close to the living bird. I want to be able to appreciate in inner architecture of the feather patterns—to see, at reasonable distances, the individual barbs on the feathers, even the breast feathers. I want the color to absolutely precise and as subtle in its shading and tones as it would be if I walked right up and held the bird in my hand. The Tele Vue 85 goes beyond need. The 85 shows, at any distance and any power, right out to the limits of daylight viewing, all the detail, I am convinced, that there is to see. In direct comparison with the finest scopes on the market, the Tele Vue 85 consistently shows a brighter, more subtly detailed, image of the bird. You can see things in the Tele Vue's image that just aren't there in the Pentax 80 mm or the Nikon Fieldscope. You can see things in the 85's image that aren't there in the Ranger. In the testing situation the detail was especially evident in the breast feathers of the hawk. All of the scopes clearly showed the feather pattern of the breast. The 85 showed individual feathers. At closer range, the 85 is the equivalent of a long range microscope, showing more detail than you could possibly see with the naked eye.

Of course, the TV 85 would make an ideal scope for the birder with a co-interest in astronomy. There are very few other scopes on the market that bridge the full range of optical utility from sparrows to galaxies as well as the Tele Vue 85. With the proper camera mount, the 85 would also make an exceptional 600, f7 telephoto lens. Tele Vue also sells a .8x converter/corrector for photographic use that makes the 85 into a wide field 480 mm f5.6 lens. So, to sum all this up, the Tele Vue 85 easily sets a new standard for optical performance in a scope compact enough (barely to take into the field after birds. If I had an afternoon to just study birds from a stationary location—to really look and enjoy the incredible beauty of the living birds—then the Tele Vue 85 would be the scope I took with me. And, even now, every time I look at a bird through one of the exceptional conventional spotting scopes I have to use, I will be thinking: I wonder what this would look like through the Tele Vue 85? I wonder what this bird really looks like? -- Better View Desired Reviews (condensed
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Better View Desired Reviews / (Posted on 2/11/2009)
The biggest surprise in our scope testing came when we lined up the top-ranked Leica APO and Swarovski ST80 HD scopes against the Questar and the two Tele Vue models. The Questar we used was fitted with 40x and 60x eyepieces (unfortunately, not as powerful as the ones Questar has sent us for previous reviews, and it did not stand out at these magnifications against the Leica or Swarovski scopes. But using the equivalent of a 25x — 75x zoom lens, the Tele Vue 85 attained an almost unimaginable level of brightness and edge-to-edge sharpness. As the day became more and more overcast and dusk was approaching, the Tele Vue provided a significantly superior image at 75x than either the Swarovski or Leica could muster at 60x. The Tele Vue 76, a slightly smaller and lighter version of the [Tele Vue] 85, was equally sharp but not quite as bright — its image at 60x was virtually identical to its two conventional competitors. Both Tele Vue scopes have a smooth and precise rack-and-pinion focusing system that is easy to operate with either hand — a nice feature when you’re panning with your scope or trying to take a picture through it with a digital camera. TV-76 APO telescope with Tele Vue 13mm Nagler Type-6 wide-field eyepiece and 60° diagonal.

… the Tele Vue [85] took me for one of the best birding rides of my life. Scanning out across the lake at 75x, I spotted a whitish speck in the distant heat waves that I thought might be a loon. I then inserted a 2x Barlow lens between the zoom eyepiece and the scope, doubling its magnification to an incredible 150x. I could then clearly make out the face pattern and upturned bill of a Red-throated Loon. This local rarity was not even visible though my 10x binoculars. Continuing to play at 150x, I could discern the eye color of some immature gulls on a jetty 200 yards from the shore — ah, if only shore bird season weren’t so long past! -- Kenneth V. Rosenberg, Living Bird Magazine, Winter 2002
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by Scoping for Optics / (Posted on 2/11/2009)
Included Items

Included Items

  • TV85 Evergreen Optical Tube
  • Retracting Built-in Dew Shield
  • Tube Ring Mount
  • 2" Everbrite Diagonal
  • 1.25" Eyepiece Adapter with Brass Clamp Ring
  • Focusmate Dual Speed Focuser 1:1
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