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What are some good alternatives to an esprit 80? Wanted one for a long time but recent reviews seen to suggest quality has gone down. What would be a better choice for similar price cheaper?

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I recently looked into the TS Quadruplet telescopes, and those look really nice.  I would have been really tempted to get me one of those. 

A TS 81 mm flatfield apo costs less than the Esprit 80 and you have no need to buy an extra flattener. 

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I got an Esprit 80 towards the end of 2020 and it's superb. Surely if you get a 'checked and tuned' version from a 'reliable supplier' 🙂 you can't go wrong?

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32 minutes ago, Padraic M said:

I got an Esprit 80 towards the end of 2020 and it's superb. Surely if you get a 'checked and tuned' version from a 'reliable supplier' 🙂 you can't go wrong?

Well I'd like to think that, but seen quite a few reviews on quality issues with newer ones, even a couple on the flo website. Ideally I'd buy from Flo because I can cycle there. Got most of my new kit from them. 

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2 hours ago, Anthonyexmouth said:

That's a lovely bit of kit  but can't justify the extra cost. 

The only thing else comparible price wise would be a WO GT81. In stock at FLO as well.

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6 minutes ago, david_taurus83 said:

The only thing else comparible price wise would be a WO GT81. In stock at FLO as well.

Yeah, been looking at that. My credit card is starting to cry in the corner of the room. Been watching reviews on YouTube all afternoon

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You do need a flattener with the WO GT81 - however with the flattener (either the 0.8x one from William Optics, or I also use a 1x Hotech flattener) it is pretty much a flat field for an APS-C sized sensor, and I've had some great images from it. 

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9 minutes ago, iantaylor2uk said:

You do need a flattener with the WO GT81 - however with the flattener (either the 0.8x one from William Optics, or I also use a 1x Hotech flattener) it is pretty much a flat field for an APS-C sized sensor, and I've had some great images from it. 

I've got a good FF/R on my ed80 that'll transfer over. Not totally ideal but id be using my 294mc on it but would like to get a 533

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19 minutes ago, Anthonyexmouth said:

Yeah, been looking at that. My credit card is starting to cry in the corner of the room. Been watching reviews on YouTube all afternoon

I had the GT71 as a first refractor. Lovely scopes. The WO reducer will be best suited to it. If on CC then just order the lot and cry about it later! 

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2 hours ago, Anthonyexmouth said:

Yeah, just a bit more than I want to pay though. 

Always is but, abit more aperture and focal length... Saying that thou I'm a big fan of a esprit..

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William Optics ZS73 is around the same price and spec, will require a flattener though.

Been using mine for over 2 years now and can't really complain, fit and finish are good, colour correction is nice.

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1 hour ago, Crackabarrel said:

William Optics ZS73 is around the same price and spec, will require a flattener though.

Been using mine for over 2 years now and can't really complain, fit and finish are good, colour correction is nice.

That's a doublet, already have one of those and looking to upgrade to a triplet for better colour correction

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16 minutes ago, Anthonyexmouth said:

That's a doublet, already have one of those and looking to upgrade to a triplet for better colour correction

Ah my apologies, maybe check out some of the TS Optics Photoline scopes so.

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3 hours ago, KP82 said:

That seems too cheap. Even the 115mm is cheaper than the 80mm WO ota. I'll have to check out some reviews on that one. Could be a winner. 

 

Is this the same as the TS optics triplet? 

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48 minutes ago, Anthonyexmouth said:

That seems too cheap. Even the 115mm is cheaper than the 80mm WO ota. I'll have to check out some reviews on that one. Could be a winner. 

That price doesn't include VAT.

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18 minutes ago, Clarkey said:

What about the TS 80mm Triplet. Need to add VAT to the price but still a good options:

Teleskop-Express: TS-Optics PHOTOLINE 80 mm f/6 FPL53 Triplet Apo - 2.5" RAP Focuser

They also do a 70, 80 and 90mm triplet similar to the StellaMira:

Teleskop-Express: Triplet FPL-55 Apos with top mechanics and certificate

 

Be nice to know how that compared to the gt81. The £200 saving is nice if it's of similar quality. The thing going for the gt81 is Flo stock it and I can pop in to pick it up. But if anyone here has used both of love to hear their opinion. 

I wonder what's causing the recent issues with the esprit. 

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