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William Optics ZenithStar 80 II ED

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Brand: William Optics / Type: Refracting telescope

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      28.04.2012 15:57
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      A real piece of art

      It's not often that I pay much heed to looks in this world -lucky for my wife, haha just joking....we're not married- but with the Zenithstar you can't help but swoon at its beauty. Such a sleek, vivid blue body, William Optics usual high build quality shines through in abundance.

      Putting the aesthetics aside for a second, the real draw of this smoking little APO is its optical quality, made from Japanese low dispersion glass which is fully multi coated. What the Apochromatic lens does that sets it apart from the achromatic lens is to focus red, blue and green at precisely the same point, this means sharper, more contrasted images.

      The scope really took off on the moon, craters and rilles popped out in solid detail, and while the lunar view is worthy of a sonnet, the Z-star is well suited to both Solar system objects and deep sky stuff to, providing you can get to dark enough skies. at F6.8 with a focal length of 545mm you will need to employ high powered eyepieces to get the best out of planetary viewing.

      The focuser, also, is a thing of beauty. The tactile pleasure of running the smooth crayford effortlessly in and out until it snaps down hard on a crisp and true focus is wonderful. The focusing unit itself is fully rotatable through a perfect 360 degree circle, meaning you will no longer feel like you're playing a game of twister while grappling desperately for the knob. The general focusing action is supplemented with a 1:10 fine control, each complete rotation of the fine control is the equivalent of 1/10th of a revolution of the standard, it means you can get to a really precise focus, easily, which is especially useful if you plan on getting involved in some astrophotography.

      Visually, the Zenithstar is an excellent performer, yielding sharp, well defined images with excellent contrast, its compact and light weight (it's just over 6lbs) so travelling with the scope will not be a problem, and to top it all, it comes in a super stylish aluminium case so if you're of a mind you can pretend to be an international Hitman while carrying it about.

      A definite recommendation, superb style, excellent visual performance, light weight portability...it doesn't get much better than that.

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