The Tele Vue-85's mix of aperture and small physical size makes it a wonderful "go anywhere, do anything," crossover instrument—with Tele Vue quality, of course. With APO performance and airline portability, the Tele Vue-85 has been delighting astronomy and birding enthusiasts and reviewers alike. "Eye-popping performance that raises the standard of excellence for highly portable instruments." Evaluation of double-stars, lunar detail, deep sky and photography were reported in Sky and Telescope as: "Truly awesome! ...Incredible!...the view almost blew me off my chair!..." The conclusion, "...an extremely powerful, compact instrument capable of delivering stunning images of the universe."
The Better View Desired website reviewer summed up the Tele Vue "experience" when he said he would choose the Tele Vue-85, "...to really enjoy the incredible beauty of the living birds... And, even now, every time I look at a bird through one of the exceptional conventional spotting scopes, I'll be thinking: 'I wonder what this would look like through the Tele Vue-85? I wonder what this bird really looks like?'" Yes, pure enjoyment of nature's beauty without awareness of a thing in between.
2-ELEMENT APO REFRACTOR
Type 2-element APO refractor, Fully Multi-Coated
Clear Aperture 3.35 inches (85mm)
Aperture Gain 147, compared to a 7mm exit pupil
Focal Length 600mm
Focal Ratio f/7
Resolution (visual) 1.4 arc-sec. (Dawes Limit for a 3.35-inch aperture)
Resolution 200 line pairs per mm
Magnification 11x to 200x using Tele Vue eyepieces
Field, Visual 4.4o at 11x
Focuser 2-inch, rack and pinion type
Diagonal 2-inch Everbite 99% broadband mirror type, with 1¼” adapter
Finder Optional Starbeam or 55mm Plössl for 11x, 4.4o field
Mounting Adjustable ring mount with ¼-20 tapped holes for standard photographic tripods or Tele Vue mountings
Weight 6.1 lbs. (O.T.A. only) 8.0 lbs. (complete package)
Length 19.0-inches (O.T.A. only), 21.9” w/ 2” star diagonal
Accessories custom fitted soft case, screw-on lens cover, sliding dew (glare) shield, ring mount, 2” diagonal,
2”-1¼” adapter, Plössl eyepiece
Tube Powder-coated aluminum
Specifications subject to change without notice.