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The Evostar 72ED is a portable powerhouse. It is true that great things can come in a small package..
Our Product #: S11180
Sky-Watcher Product #: S11180
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Product Description

This Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED apochromatic refractor has:
• 72mm f/5.8 apochromatic doublet optics 
• dual-speed 2" Crayford focuser with 10:1 ratio fine focusing 
• a pair of split tube rings attached to a vixen style dovetail
• two-year warranty

The Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED from Sky-Watcher uses a crown glass element, an ED glass element, and state-of-the-art optical multicoatings in its apochromatic ED doublet optics. The result is images that are essentially free of the annoying halo of unfocused violet light (chromatic aberration) that mars the view of bright stars and solar system objects in lesser refractors, even at very high magnifications. In addition, there is no loss in contrast such as you will find in reflector and catadioptric scopes that have a secondary or diagonal mirror hanging in the light path to scatter light.

The Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED has enough premium optical performance to let you use it on an altazimuth or equatorial mount as the heart of your observing system. In addition, it is also a natural as a lightweight grab-and-go scope for spur-of-the-moment backyard astronomy, a top-notch travel scope to take across town or around the world, and a nifty astrograph to piggyback on a larger scope for serious wide field imaging. Considering its surprisingly low price for an apochromatic doublet the 72mm Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED is a terrific buy!

Features of this Sky-Watcher telescope . . .

Apochromatic ED doublet refractor optics: 72mm aperture, 420mm focal length, f/5.8 focal ratio.  The ED element is precision-polished from high grade ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass. This ED element produces superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing the chromatic aberration, the "false" color fringing seen around bright objects when light rays pass through standard crown-and-flint doublet objectives. The result is to reduce spurious color halos and fringing to vanishingly low levels.

Fully multicoated optics: Each air-to-glass surface in the Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED doublet objective lens has MHC (Metallic High-Transmission Coating) antireflection multicoatings on all air-to-glass surfaces for high light transmission, minimal light scatter, and excellent contrast.

Internal light baffles: Contrast-enhancing internal light baffles in the tube and focuser drawtube and a specially darkened tube interior provide dark sky backgrounds and high terrestrial contrast.

Dew shield: The supplied dew shield slows the formation of dew on the lens in cold weather to extend your undisturbed observing time. It also improves the contrast, similar to the effect of the lens shade on a camera lens, when observing during the day or when there is excessive ambient light at night, such as a neighbor's backyard security light. The 4.3 pound optical tube measures 16.5" long, including the dew shield. A slip-on metal dust cap is standard.

Dual speed 2" Crayford focuser: The precision-made no-backlash focuser has dual-speed focusing. There are two coarse focusing knobs. The right knob also has a smaller concentric knob with 10:1 reduction gear microfine focusing. This provides exceptionally precise image control during high magnification visual observing and critical DSLR or CCD imaging. The large focus knobs have ribbed gripping surfaces so they are easy to operate, even while wearing gloves or mittens in cold weather. Lock knobs lets you adjust the tension on the drawtube to accommodate varying eyepiece/photo accessory loads, as well as firmly lock in a photographic focus.

Mounting System: The Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED apo has dual hinged split-ring tube rings and a dovetail mounting bar that fits directly into the Vixen-style dovetail slot on the head of many of the most popular medium capacity altazimuth and German equatorial mounts. Such mounts include the Astro-Tech Voyager II altazimuth and the Celestron AVX Advanced Series go-to equatorial, among others.

Shipping/storage case: The scope comes in foam-fitted aluminum-clad shipping/storage case.

Two-year warranty: The Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED doublet apo is protected by a two-year limited warranty against flaws in materials and workmanship.

Tech Details

Aperture 72mm
Focal Length 420mm
Focal Ratio f/5.8
Heaviest Single Component 4.3 lbs.
Weight 4.3 lbs
Supplied Eyepiece None
Telescope Type Refractor
View Finder None
Warranty 2 years


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I bought my SW 72mm ED used off FB Marketplace for 250 bucks... not knowing just how good this little guy is. With my eyesight too bad for visual use, I mainly do EAA and imaging, and cant praise this scope enough. He currently pulls double duty piggybacked on my ES 127 FCD100 and SW EQ6R-Pro mount. I use an ASI290MC camera on it for guiding, and can always flip my camera's and make it a wide field main imaging scope. Best of both worlds. Get one, hang on to it as you grow in the hobby, you wont be sorry !!! (Posted on 6/8/2021)
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I too was looking for a wider FOV than my Newt while keeping with a lighter set-up. For imaging, this is a wonderful entry- to mid-level scope for AP that won't break either the back or the bank. Excellent optics and construction. For visual, the lack of CA on bright objects was stunning. Imaging with this scope is outstanding; especially coupled with the ATR8 0.8X FF/Reducer. (Posted on 2/18/2021)
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I am very pleased how this small scope performs. Stars are classic pinpoints with dark background. I had a ST80 in the past and I know that is somewhat an apples to bananas comparison, but the ST80 made me nervous about buying another small aperture fast refactor. This scope showed me how a good a small aperture refactor can be. Excellent focuser and hardware and so portable it fits into a any small backpack. Astronomics purchase smooth as ever. (Posted on 9/17/2020)
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I finally got a chance to get in some observing time with this small, cute and optically excellent little APO telescope. The objective lens looked beautiful...and the star test was really excellent. The rings were nicely formed and virtually identical inside and outside of focus.
This compact, fast scope performs excellently with very little color, even on the brightest star. I split Castor very easily at 118x (Baader 8-24 MK II zoom w/ 2.25 barlow). The stars were beautiful little balls, cleanly split with a very dark background.
I could spot Polaris' dim companion. I'm surprised I could do that so well in a 72mm telescope. The optics are excellent in this example. Whoever is actually building these ED scopes is doing a great job.
The moon is nice, sharp and beautifully rendered . This scope is very lightweight and the build quality is quite good. I'm very pleased...glad I bought it. (Posted on 1/25/2019)
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I was looking for something with a larger FOV than my main 8" telescope, and something that wouldn't have the same issues with chromatic aberration as my 102 SLT achro... so I decided to give the Evostar 72ED a try. I am mainly interested in EAA (electronically enhanced astronomy) and I use a ZWO ASI294MC camera. I am very pleased with the Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED - there is no visible CA at all with OTA, and the field of view is much wider than with my 8" f/5.9 Newtonian. I pair the 72ED with the SLT's mount, and the combination is excellent for rich field EAA. The build quality of the Evostar is quite high, and having the rings, Vixen-style dovetail and the carrying case included are nice bonuses. Astronomics was great with the customer service too! (Posted on 11/21/2018)
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