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Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope
Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. Objective lens diameter: 80 mm. Focal length: 1000 mm.
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK is an entry-level model in the Skyline PRO series. The Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design of this telescope provides for a compact tube and high-quality views. This is a perfect tool for observations of deep-sky objects, like star clusters, binary stars, nebulae and other galaxies. However, you would be surprised with it... more
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK is an entry-level model in the Skyline PRO series. The Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design of this telescope provides for a compact tube and high-quality views. This is a perfect tool for observations of deep-sky objects, like star clusters, binary stars, nebulae and other galaxies. However, you would be surprised with its capabilities during planetary observations. The telescope is set up on a reliable German equatorial mount. Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK is wonderful for observations in the countryside, as you would have no trouble carrying it there or setting it up for your observations.
The lenses and mirrors are fully multi-coated, which allows for maximum light gathering and increases their service life. The sturdy and lightweight aluminum tube is set up on an equatorial mount with slow-motion controls. You can also install the equatorial computerized drive system (purchased separately) on your mount. It is equipped with setting circles which - after a quick adjustment - allow for locating objects by their celestial coordinates and tracking them with just a turn of an equatorial control. The adjustable-height tripod has a practical accessory tray where you can store all your tools. The focuser has the standard T-thread, which allows you to attach an SLR camera using an adapter and use your telescope for astrophotography.
Levenhuk Skyline PRO series was designed for advanced and demanding astronomers and includes a range of different models. The one thing in common is maximum precision and reliability during observations and astrophotography, high-quality materials and optics.
The kit includes:
- Telescope optical tube (optical elements inside)
- Red Dot finder scope
- Diagonal mirror
- SUPER 10 mm eyepiece, 1.25''
- SUPER WA LER 25 mm eyepiece, 1.25''
- Equatorial mount
- User manual and lifetime warranty
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Objective lens diameter (aperture), mm
Focal length, mm
Highest practical power, x
Resolution threshold, arcseconds
Limiting stellar magnitude
|Super 10 mm, Super WA LER 25 mm|
Eyepiece barrel diameter
Tripod height (adjustable), mm
|German equatorial EQ1|
|right ascension axis only (optional)|
Mount weight, kg
Optical tube weight, kg
General use product.
May be used by kids
over 3 years old.
|terrestrial objects, planets|
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There are 3 screws on the back of the telescope (where the eyepiece is inserted). What are they used for? Levenhuk Customer Service:
These screws are used for alignment.
Can I install a camera on this telescope? How? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope has a thread for M42 T-ring. You will need to purchase a T-ring suitable for your camera brand.
are the telescopes country specific ? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Newton, thank you for interest in Levenhuk! The telescope are not country specific. Moreover, this model can be used both in the city with high light pollution and countryside. Is there any additional information you might need?
what about Mars and Saturn? can I see Saturn’s satellites under 160x? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope allows you to observe polar ice caps on Mars, as well as highlands during oppositions, more atmospheric bands of Jupiter, shadows from its moons on the planetary disk, Cassini Division in the rings of Saturn and five of its moons.
tell me please… this telescope has 160x magnification power. Is it enough to observe Uranus and Neptune? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope allows you to see Uranus and Neptune as tiny disks. For detailed planetary observations, you will need a telescope with aperture starting at 90 mm. For example, Levenhuk Skyline 90o900 EQ https://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/telescopes/levenhuk-skyline-90x900-eq/.
when I observe stars in this telescope, they appear as hedgehogs:) what causes such an effect? What can I do with that? Levenhuk Customer Service:
This is quite a common effect caused by atmospheric turbulence, or you didn’t give enough time for the telescope to thermally stabilize. Stars will have even edges with a calm atmosphere, which happens rarely enough.
Will I need to adjust this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope has a factory default adjustment and does not require additional adjustment.
what eyepiece should I purchase to achieve the telescope’s maximum magnification? Levenhuk Customer Service:
To obtain maximum magnification of the Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope you will need a 6.3 mm eyepiece.
Do the telescopes with the Schmidt Cassegrain optical scheme need to be adjusted? Levenhuk Customer Service:
No, telescopes of the Schmidt Cassegrain optical scheme don’t have to be adjusted.
Which one wins the battle? Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK or Levenhuk Strike 90 PLUS and why? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK is a universal model suitable for viewing both planets and deep-sky objects. This model also has an advanced equatorial mount. But thanks to a larger objective lens diameter (crucial characteristic when choosing a telescope), Levenhuk Strike 90 PLUS provides more powerful magnification. The latter model also has a more rich accessory set. Levenhuk Strike 90 PLUS telescope is great for planetary observations and less suitable for deep-sky viewing.
Hello, please recommend the best set of accessories to get the maximum magnification with this telescope. As of now I have 17mm eyepiece and 3x Barlow lens. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Unfortunately, the use of Barlow lens affects image quality. To get the Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK telescope to its highest practical power we recommend using 6.3mm eyepiece alone.
I've recently bought this model and have a question for you... I've seen in the product image gallery 17mm eyepiece... and I got only 10mm and 25mm eyepieces. Is it a mistake? And I also couldn't find instructions on how to align the red dot finder. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope comes with two eyepieces: Super 10 mm, Super WA LER 25 mm. The instructions on the red dot finder alignment: The red dot finder is a zero magnification pointing tool that uses a coated glass window to superimpose the image of a small red dot onto the night sky. The red dot finder is equipped with a variable brightness control, azimuth adjustment knob, and altitude adjustment knob. The finder is powered by a 3-volt lithium battery located underneath at the front. To use the red dot finder, simply look through the sight tube and move your telescope until the red dot overlaps the object. Make sure to keep both eyes open when sighting. Like all finderscopes, the red dot finder must be properly aligned with the telescope before use. This is a simple process using the azimuth and altitude adjustment knobs. Open the battery compartment by pulling down the cover and remove the plastic shipping cover over the battery. Turn on the red dot finder by rotating the variable brightness control clockwise until you hear a click. Continue rotating the control knob to increase the brightness level. Insert a low power eyepiece into the focuser. Locate a bright object and aim the telescope so that the object is in the center of the field of view. With both eyes open, look through the sight tube at the object. If the red dot overlaps the object, your red dot finder is perfectly aligned. If not, turn its azimuth and altitude adjustment knob until the red dot overlaps the object.
Could you please advise me some good quality eyepiece to obtain the highest practical power of the instrument? Levenhuk Customer Service:
We would recommend buying Levenhuk Ra WA 82°, 4 mm Eyepiece - https://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-ra-wa-82-4mm-eyepiece/. Magnification will be 142x.
Thanks for your answer. Levenhuk store in my country still has this model in stock. So i would like to ask if it is possible to use this telescope for astrography with DSRL (andromeda etc.)? thanks for your time Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Ladis, thank you for your inquiry. Yes, you will be able to use the telescope with your DSLR camera. You just need to buy a T-ring in your local camera store. Is there any additional information you might need?
Hello, is it possible to use this telescope for astrography with DSRL ? I would like to take pictures of objects like Andromeda galaxy etc. Thank you Levenhuk Customer Service:
Hello Ladis, thank you for interest in Levenhuk products! This model is out of stock. Please look at the Levenhuk Strike 950 PRO Telescope. Yes, you can attach your camera to the Levenhuk Strike 950 PRO model using Levenhuk 2x Barlow Lens with Camera Adapter (https://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-2x-barlow-lens-with-camera-adapter/) and a special T-ring for your camera. Is there any additional information you might need?
Can I use it as a spotting scope? What's the minimum viewing distance? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You can not use Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK as a spotting scope. Consider Levenhuk Blaze 90 PLUS Spotting Scope - https://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/spotting-scopes/levenhuk-blaze-90-plus/.
will I be able to see small craters on the lunar surface with this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope allows you to observe lunar craters (8 km in diameter).
It will be my very first telescope experience... should I choose this model, or maybe smth even simpler? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope is great for entry-level users. Also pay attention to telescopes with larger objective lens diameter (aperture), such as Levenhuk Skyline PRO 90 MAK Telescope - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/telescopes/levenhuk-skyline-pro-90-mak/; Levenhuk Skyline PRO 127 MAK Telescope - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/telescopes/levenhuk-skyline-pro-127-mak/.
Hello! I have several questions... First I would like to understand why 80 mm model is considered to be more universal? And can even be used for observing deep-sky objects, while 90 mm is better suited for planetary observations? I don't understand why, these telescopes have the same optical design. Which motor drive will I need for astrophotography? Speaking of versatility - ease of use, compact dimensions, ability to take astro photos - which telescope can compete with this model? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 90 MAK Telescope is better suited for planetary observation as it has larger objective lens diameter. To observe deep-sky objects we recommend using reflecting telescopes. For example, Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope - a reflector with GoTo function which is perfect for astrophotography: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/telescopes/levenhuk-skymatic-135-gta/
So when I use 17 mm eyepiece I can read a plate of a car 1 mile away, but when I change it to 6.3 mm it's all blurred and I can't even see the numbers. Why is that so? The same is with real observations: with 6.3 the Moon is fine, with 17 mm I can't focus properly. And I don't even want to start on 3.5 mm, there is no focus with it at all. So am I doing something wrong or is my telescope just not properly adjusted? Levenhuk Customer Service:
3.5mm eyepiece is not supposed to be used with the Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK telescope! 6.3mm eyepiece installed on this telescope gives you the maximum magnification that's why image quality gets worse. The best choice for lunar observations with Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK is 10mm eyepiece.
As far as I understand 2x Barlow is included in the kit. Would you recommend using 6.3 eyepiece with this lens installed or without the lens? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Barlow lens is not included in the kit of the Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK telescope. 6.3 mm eyepiece should be used without a Barlow lens.
I'm hesitating between this model and Levenhuk Strike 90 PLUS. Give me your advise... which one is better suited for observing the Moon, planets, terrestrial objects at home? And which one is better for future upgrade? Thank you very much for you help. Levenhuk Customer Service:
The Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK telescope is a more versatile model that is great for observing both planets and deep-sky objects. This model is equipped with more advanced and precise equatorial mount. But, thanks to its larger objective lens diameter (it is the most important thing to consider when choosing a telescope), Levenhuk Strike 90 PLUS provides higher increase. This model is ideal for planetary observations (and suitable for deep-sky observations to a lesser degree ). But It also comes with a lot of useful accessories.
Purchased an eyepiece with 6.3 mm focal length. I can't adjust sharpness when navigating to the Moon I see just a yellow blurred spot. Levenhuk Customer Service:
In order to solve this problem promptly we suggest you to contact our Customer Service Department by calling this number 800-342-1706.
Hello! Which eyepieces do I need (in addition to those included in the kit) to observe surface of the Moon in details with maximum magnification (craters, plains, etc.)? With 17 mm eyepiece installed I can see only outlines with poor details. With 3.6 mm eyepiece everything is blurred. I can getter more detailed images with a regular digital camcoder if it has good magnification range. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Please consider using Levenhuk Super Plossl 7.5 mm Eyepiece http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular-levenhuk-sp-s8-75/, it's great for detailed observations of the Moon.
Frank down there in the comments was asking about Mars. You answered that with this device (highest practical power of which is 160x) during the opposition it's possible to see seas and polar caps. Tell me please, at what magnification channels become visible? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You can try to distinguish channels on the surface of Mars starting with an aperture of 120 mm, i.e. required magnification should be not less than 240x.
catadioptrics... what are they good for? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Catadioptric telescopes http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/telescopes-design-catadioptric-items/ works great for both observing the Moon and Solar System planets and deep-sky observations.
I was presented with this telescope - didn't manage to understand anything - tried to adjust it but couldn't see anything. Give a beginner some advise on where to start from. I mean it seems that I follow manual, but no, there is nothing in the eyepiece, only darkness. What's the secret? Levenhuk Customer Service:
We recommend you adjust the telescope during daytime orienting on distant terrestrial object (a house or a tree). You should get started with an eyepiece that has longer focal length.
Good day. Which side of the Red Dot finderscope is installed on the tube? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Remove two locking nuts from protruding bolts on the optical tube (close to the focuser). Attach the finderscope bracket to these bolts on the optical tube and lock it in place with thumbscrews.
Good day, I've already asked about the installation of Red Dot finderscope, but in the answer I got installation of optical finderscope is described. I would like to get some info on how to correctly install finderscope included in the kit. Levenhuk Customer Service:
You should insert the finderscope bracket into a holder on the telescope tube and lock it in place with a thumbscrew.
hello, today we observed jupiter and its four moons. Unfourtunately it's very cold where we currently reside so the optics mist up very soon. maybe you can help us with that. also I would like to know what is Barlow lens needed for, because we can't see a thing when using it. our telescope is levenhuk skyline pro 80. with a 17 eyepiece we managed to see the planet and the moons but only as silhouettes, we thought we could see more with 3.6 - but no such luck, the images are blurry. what should we do? give us an advice))without it we are gonna miss all the wonderful things in the sky)))thanks Levenhuk Customer Service:
1. You should use dew caps, manufactured or hand made. There is also an option of using special electrical heaters for warming up. You can also combine these methods. 2. Barlow lens increases the telescope's focal length and hence increases its magnification. Please specify which Barlow lens you use. 3. Using a 3.6 mm eyepiece, you achieve the magnification of 277x, which is higher than the highest practical power of the telescope. The highest practical power of a telescope is twice the objective lens diameter, i.e. 160x in case of this telescope. The 3.6 mm eyepiece comes with this telescope so users can get higher magnification, but in practice this leads to loss of image quality. To get this telescope to its highest practical power we recommend you use a 6.3 mm eyepiece like this one: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular-levenhuk-p63/
I am sorry but I have one more question! I was trying to discern Jupiter, but all I managed to see was a little glowing ball( I was expecting to see something more. Tell me please is it how it's supposed to be? Or am I doing something wrong? I can see the Moon perfectly! Levenhuk Customer Service:
The Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK Telescope allows you to see atmospheric flows of Jupiter and even the Great Red Spot in perfect conditions
So there is no such telescope that allows observing moving objects? The images are always blurred in this case? Binoculars are the only alternative? Or maybe such telescope exists? Thanks again for helpful answers. Levenhuk Customer Service:
We recommend you consider these powerful binoculars suitable for elementary astronomical observations: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/com_levenhuk_energy_10-30x60/
Thank you for recommending me this telescope, I'm actually thinking of buying it. Also tell me is it possible to observe moving objects at night, a plane for example? Levenhuk Customer Service:
It's possible in theory, but in practice it's a challenging task due to the high telescope magnification and the high speed of the plane.
What would the magnification be if I use a 17 mm eyepiece? What is included in the kit of this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The magnification would be 59x. The kit includes: optical tube, Red Dot finderscope, diagonal mirror, 17 mm (59x) and 3.6 mm (277x) eyepieces, equatorial mount, tripod.
How can I capture images of celestial objects with this telescope and what additional accessories are required besides the T-ring? What are they required for? Levenhuk Customer Service:
There is an option of attaching an SLR camera to the telescope. For this you need to connect a T-ring to the camera and install the ring on the telescope's focuser. Also, you can use a special digital cameras designed for use with telescopes: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/digital-cameras-telescope-all-items/
I didn't get a thing about this little black eyepiece! I can see the Moon through it, really close, but blurry! I point the scope to some planet and can't focus the view at all!!!!!!! There are no stars. With big eyepiece it's ok, but it doesn't make a planet closer! When it's obviuos that it's a planet!!!!! What should I do to see it closer? Or did I just pay 270 bucks to stare at the Moon? (I'm feeling rage here) And I don't understand a damn thing in the user manual. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Eyepieces included in the kit provide magnifications of 59x and 277x respectively. To get the telescope to its highest practical power (without quality loss) you need an eyepiece with a focal length of 6.3 mm.
hello, we've bought this telescope recently, but we can't manage to adjust the view using 3.6 mm eyepiece. It's weird because everything is fine with 17 mm eyepiece. Maybe you could tell us what's the problem might be? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Using 3.6 eyepiece you exceed the highest practical power of the telescope; that's why the images you get are blurry. The highest practical power of this telescope is 160x. To achieve this magnification you need to use an eyepiece with the focal length of 6.3 mm.
Hello, is it possible to attach a digital photocamera to this telescope and what is required for this? Levenhuk Customer Service:
It's possible to attach an SLR camera.
Hi!How do you think which one is better to use with this telescope: Levenhuk A2x Barlow lens or Levenhuk Zoom 7-21 mm Eyepiece? Or maybe those two are completely different things? Thanks. Levenhuk Customer Service:
To get this telescope to its highest practical power you need an eyepiece with a focal length of 6.3 mm.
GOOD DAY. IS IT POSSIBLE TO PURCHASE THE OPTICAL TUBE OF THIS TELESCOPE STAND ALONE WITHOUT THE MOUNT. WHAT'S THE PRICE ??? Levenhuk Customer Service:
This model is sold together with the mount.
canon g-12 with a T-ring doesn't fit this telescope do your job professionally. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Canon g-12 is a digital camera. This telescope allows attaching an SLR camera using a T-ring.
Does this telescope require a Levenhuk 1.25" 45-degree Erecting Prism Levenhuk Customer Service:
45-degree Erecting Prism is used for obtaining non-mirrored images during terrestrial observations.
What's a T-adapter and what it's needed for? Levenhuk Customer Service:
A T-adapter is required for connecting a T-ring to the camera.
Is it suitable for astrophotography and which additional accessories are required for canon cameras? Where can I take a look at astrophotos made with this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
A T-ring is required for astrophotography. Unfortunately we currently can't provide you with such photos.
Good day!My son purchased this telescope. The question is what may be (and should be) purchased for further upgrade of this telescope? Barlow lens? Maybe some optical filters? Which lenses to buy to enchance image quality??maybe I missed something?I want to help my son with his new hobby. Thank you. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Consider the following accessories: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories-filters-all-items/, http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular-levenhuk-p63/
Hello! What is the manufacturer of the eyepieces that come in the kit with this telescope (17mm eyepiece and 3.6mm eyepiece)? And what is the eyepiece barrel diameter of this telescope? Thank you. Levenhuk Customer Service:
The manufacturer is Levenhuk, barrel diameter is 1.25".
Good day! If I use this telescope for terrestrial observations considering its optical design would the images be inverted or not? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The images would be mirrored (reversed left to right). To get an erect image you need this accessory: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/45degree_erect_prisma_levenhuk_7517/
Please explain why a 3.6 eyepiece which provides 277x magnification is included in the kit when highest practical power of this telescope is 160x? Levenhuk Customer Service:
This eyepiece is useful during nebulae observations.
which telescope is better Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK or Levenhuk Skyline 90x900 EQ Levenhuk Customer Service:
The price/quality ratio of both of these models is in balance. Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK features more flexible Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design and compact sizes while Levenhuk Skyline 90x900 EQ has a larger objective lens diameter.
What else should I buy to make this telescope fully functional so I could observe both celestial and terrestrial objects. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Consider using optical filters for planetary and solar observations: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories-filters-all-items/. Telescopes provide mirrored images. To use the telescope for terrestrial observations you need to correct this with the use of an erecting prism: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/45degree_erect_prisma_levenhuk_7517/
Levenhuk Skyline 120x1000 EQ has the same functions but has a lower price, why? Or am I wrong? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Skyline PRO 80 MAK is a telescope in the more advanced PRO series. The main difference is optical design. Levenhuk Skyline 120x1000 EQ is a reflector, Skyline PRO 80 MAK has Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design. This optical design is more advanced because it features advantages of both refracting and reflecting optical designs.
I'm interested in observing Mars, will it be seen properly through this telescope? And what is the maximum magnification of this telescope (with additional lenses)? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You will be able to see polar caps and seas on Mars during opposition. The highest practical power is 160x
Bought this telescope for capturing lunar images, what do I need to make it a fully functional photosystem. I have accessories that come in the standart kit plus erecting eyepiece. The pictures I got with an SLR and a T-ring appeared to be not sharp, why? Levenhuk Customer Service:
1. You should adjust the telescope's focus first, because the camera uses an autofocus. 2. We recommend you use a remote control with your camera to prevent shaking while shooting photos.
SLR camera, t-ring. Levenhuk Customer Service:
1. You should adjust the telescope's focus first, because camera uses an autofocus. 2. We recommend you use a remote control with your camera to prevent shaking while shooting photos.
I've seen an info online that erecting eyepiece is required for terrestrial observations. Which one is needed for this model if it's needed at all? Levenhuk Customer Service:
For this purpose an erecting prism is usually used, for example http://www.levenhuk.com/products/45degree_erect_prisma_levenhuk_7517/
Provide a link to the 6.3 mm eyepiece please Levenhuk Customer Service:
6.3 mm eyepieces: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular-levenhuk-p63/, http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular-levenhuk-kellner-63/ more
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