Tele Vue TV-85 3.35" (85mm) f/7 Evergreen Tube/Black Trim APO


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The TeleVue TV-85 refractor has a compact body that's small enough and light enough to take anywhere in the world - with apochromatic optics that are out of this world . . .
Our Product #: 485G
TeleVue Product #: GXO-3372
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Product Description

The TV-85 has a 2" dual-speed rack and pinion focuser with a brass non-marring clamp ring to hold star diagonals and accessories in place. It comes in a soft foam-fitted Cordura nylon carrying case that has cutouts for eyepieces and other accessories. A retractable lens shade improves daytime contrast when viewing at low sun angles, while a thread-in metal dust cap protects the optics from damage while stored or travelling.

An optional split-ring tripod adapter allows the scope to be mounted on any optional sturdy photo tripod for casual use, or on an optional equatorial or altazimuth mount (such as the TeleVue Panoramic and Gibraltar mounts) for more serious observing. The split ring design allows the TV-85 to be moved fore and aft in the adapter to balance the weight of camera or accessories.

Put in an optional lower power eyepiece and the TV-85 becomes a true rich field telescope, capable of scanning wide scenic vistas by day and revealing multitudes of large, faint deep space objects by night. With an optional 1.25" 40mm TeleVue Plössl (15x, with a 2.8 degree field), or a 2" 55mm TeleVue Plössl (11x, with a 4.6 degree field that's wide and flat to the very edges), the TV-85 is not only a superlative rich field scope, but it is its own best finderscope, too.

The TV-85 will focus as close as 15' (even closer with optional extension tubes). This lets you use it as a long distance microscope to view or photograph those wee beasties too dangerous or skittish to approach closely, such as hornets' nests and spiders in their webs. For observing somewhat more distant objects, optional eyepieces and/or Barlow lenses will provide high powers to let you examine details in the storm belts of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, the mountains of the Moon, and much more. And the resolution of those details will be crisp and detailed, often visibly superior to larger telescopes more easily affected by atmospheric conditions.

An optional TeleVue Qwik-Point non-magnifying illuminated finder quickly attaches to the scope's mounting ring. The Qwik-Point seems to project a small red ball of light wherever the scope is aimed, day or night, making it easy to align it on distant objects.

There are few optical systems that combine into one compact body a serious astronomical telescope with true apochromatic optics, a terrestrial spotting scope, and a top-quality telephoto lens - but the 19" long TV-85 does it all beautifully. Whether you want to observe the skies from your back yard on the spur of the moment, or travel round the world with a very portable telescope that will reveal and photograph everything nearby and distant, you'll find it hard to beat this truly exceptional TeleVue refractor.

Tech Details

Aperture 3.35"
Focal Length 600mm
Focal Ratio f/7
Heaviest Single Component 6.1 lbs.
Highest Useful Magnification 150x
Weight 6.1 lbs.
Resolution 1.36 arc seconds
Supplied Eyepiece 20mm 1.25"
Telescope Type Refractor
Visual Limiting Magnitude 12.1
Warranty 5 years


Review by:
The TV85 is one of my all time favorite scopes. It's a perfect combination of portability, quality, and size and focal ratio. It's surprising what you can see with 85mm of quality aperture. Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon are beautiful and you can get lost in the Moon's craters. Everything is super sharp. If you look hard enough you *might* see some false color but you're going to have to work hard to find it. These scopes are also really great for solar observing. I use mine with both a Herschel Wedge (Baader) and a Coronado SolarMax 60 H-Alpha setup. The TV85 is also built like a tank with beautiful fit and finish from the dew cap to the focuser, which is buttery smooth. I have other refractors but this one is my favorite combination of portability and performance. By the way, you can take it on an airplane as a carry-on! I brought mine on a plane to Wyoming for the last total solar eclipse and the views were spectacular. (Posted on 10/4/2019)
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This little telescope can do it all. Stunning wide field views, and spectacular planetary views - in fact, better than any I've had in any telescope (and I've had everything from a C90 to a 12" dob). It's a lot of money, but absolutely worth it. (Posted on 7/24/2019)
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I have had mine for at least 10 years. Definitely my favorite. (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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This is a great small telescope. The optics are very sharp and clear and with the focal reducer it takes great images. I do not regret buying this. It is well worth the money. Nice smooth focusing also. Everything about this scope, is well made. (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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Supplied Accessories

  • Evergreen body with black trim
  • 2" rack and pinion focuser with clamp ring accessory holder
  • Self-storing metal dew cap
  • Thread-in metal objective lens cover
  • Soft fitted carrying case with shoulder strap.