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  • Imaging the Skies with the TV-85: Mike Broussard (7/12/17)
    Mike tells us why he choose this scope: "My main reasons for choosing the TV-85 was seeing the great images taken by others using this scope and the reputation of Tele Vue as one of the best manufacturers of eyepieces and APO refractors in the world."

Owner's Comments
  • I love it! Will not part with this quality scope. Thanks Al! — S.K., AL
  • I'm a lucky guy! Wow - I'm whale watching from the deck (3 miles to the ocean) — B.T., CA
  • Fantastic - great scope, portable. I'm in Taiwan now; Omega Centauri is unbelievable. — R.A., NC
  • Top of the line optics, portability, quick setup. Thanks Al, a real work of art. I feel as if I'm falling into the Universe — A.N., IA
  • I have a Pronto, wanted a little larger scope while letting sons use the Pronto. Outstanding performance vs. size! I wish the carrying case had a space for my 35mm Panoptic. Someday I'll own a TV-101 too. Thanks for a great product. — S.S., ME
  • Perfect form, perfect function, perfect telescope, and I didn't have to wait 5-years to get it. Thanks. — R.C., TX
  • I am sure I bought the very best one I could find. Congratulations! — W.V., Netherlands
  • Excellent quality - Truly world class for its size. No one could build it better than Tele Vue!!! — S.T., HI
  • Truly Amazing! Thanks for such awesome products! — K.V., TX
  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever. First views spectacular. Thank Al and David for all your help! — M.S., FL
  • My Tele Vue-85 has certainly lived up to my high expectations. My excitement upon seeing such a sharp image of Saturn was hard to control. Excellent, excellent, excellent scope! — K.S., HI
  • Purchase Ranger, great scope but wanted more aperture and 2" focuser. TV85 is built to last. Fantastic views. — B.P., WA
  • I wanted a telescope that gave great views of the larger planets and the moon, wide field for star systems and versatile enough for daytime use. Excellent scope for my needs. Built like a tank yet slick enough to carry and take it anywhere you want to go. Thanks Al! — D.K., Canada
  • I love the optics in my Pronto but decided to move to a true APO! Great scopes . . . — B.G., Canada
  • I was looking for a small, premium APO to complement my SCT as an "anytime, anywhere" scope. The views are stunning, and the scope is sheer pleasure to use. I love the old-world craftsmanship and superb optics. Fantastic! Bravo, Tele Vue!! — D.H., NY
  • I own a ton of Tele Vue eyepieces and a Tele Vue-60 scope. Wanted bigger, but portable scope. Very nice crisp, color-free images. — L.W., OK
  • Images are great, very impressive for a small scope. — B.B., CA
  • When after 20 years I decided it was time to stop playing with telescopes and start concentrating on viewing, I could think of no better telescope to have as my only instrument than one of the beautiful TeleVues I have dreamt of for so long. — S.M., KY
  • Had a Pronto, wanted a bit more aperture, less color. The machining is flawless; the optics a marvel. A perfect melding of form & function. — C.B., MO
  • Gosh, Al. If I had known how good the images were through the TV-85, I would have purchased one years ago! — D.S., IA
  • Wanted a portable APO and dealer had this in stock. No waiting! Same solid construction as my old Pronto. Hope I get a clear night soon. — T.E., CA
  • Best optics for size. — G.O., AZ
  • High Quality optics, easy handling. Great optics, Very nice instrument — J.M., CA
  • Needed RFT w\options and portability b\u to other scopes. performs in every way as the idealized small refractor. No worries , no problems. No false claims. — A.H., CA
  • The clarity of the image for terrestrial applications is stunning. I can't wait to use the scope at our local bird sanctuary. — R.J., NM
  • Fine Optics - American made - SIMPLE TO OPERATE. Love the fine optics and craftsmanship. — S.L., PA
  • Excellent reviews on optics. I like well made and machined instruments and products. — P.P., MA
  • Wanted a high quality portable telescope. Traded in my 8" SCT. Fine optics. A great instrument. Just what I needed. Thanks Al & Tele Vue! — K.E., IA
  • Wow! I don't deserve this scope. It's too good!(just Kidding!) Quality is beyond belief. Outstanding, astounding amazing, stupendous! — C.G., CA
  • After researching for about 1 year, I came to the conclusion that the TV-85 was the best scope overall. The TV-85 is every bit as good as I hoped for and more.  — C.B., CA
  • Wanted to see if the scope lived up to its reviews. Engineering perfection= Elegant simplicity. Keep the faith. — B.E., NY
  • Wanted a quality wide-field scope of the TV85 and Tele-Pod head. Inspiring workmanship; breathtaking delivery of observational experience. Keep evolving!!! — M.M., MD
  • I wanted high quality in small package. — R.N., TX
  • Wanted a wide degree to go w\ my SCT. Great scope! Great products! Great company! — P.A., FL
  • My first scope. I wanted small, best glass, will be used for earth and sky. Impressive build quality. — A.A., MA
  • Truly a fine instrument. — R.F., PA
  • Beautiful design and construction, fabulous optics. — M.B., CO
  • 5 star rating. This scope is everything Mr. Nagler said it would be! One can't help but be in constant awe when observing. Thank you. — B.L., WY
  • Best optics I've ever seen - design is genius! Quality outstanding. — M.T, FL
  • Wanted the best quality in an easily portable scope. — F.S., CA
  • Wanted a portable scope for day and night use with excellent optics. The scope is a joy to use. The mechanical and optical quality is excellent. Very Happy. — L.M., Canada
  • I had an 85 eight years ago and sold it. Sorry I did. — F.D., CA
  • Purchased for portability - our GPS 11 takes too long to set up for short viewing sessions. Happy to purchase quality , American made instrument!! — J.E., CA
  • It's my dream telescope! This is my first scope and probably my last, superb optics and craftsmanship, thanks! More power to Tele Vue! — D.C., CA
  • Tele Vue quality - American Made. First light with the 24mm Panoptic was a religious experience! Thank you, Mr. Nagler!!! — S.S., OR
  • My first telescope - 1st class equipment. — R.L., WA
  • I Love Quality. — C.B., UK
  • Always wanted a fine refractor. Recommended by dealer. It is nice! — D.D., AZ
  • Wanted a fine APO for lunar and planets. Also portability. I just received my 85. With any luck it will see first light tonight. I'm sure it will exceed my expectations. It's a beautiful piece of optics. — M.G., SC
  • I wanted a smaller telescope to take on vacation (camping). I love the scope - it's quick and easy to set up, it gives excellent views, and it comes in a small package! My 1st scope is an 8" f/6 Dob. — R.M., CA
  • I was sold when I looked through a Tele Vue-76. All I need now is for Al to send over some Nagler eyepieces to fully enjoy this masterpiece. — G.S., CA
  • Wanted to add some "class" to my viewing. Your eyepieces are addictive! — P.M., NV
  • My first scope - so I wanted quality and portability. I got it! Thank you for a beautiful piece of workmanship Al. — D.B., UK
  • Upgrade from Tele Vue Ranger. Will keep Ranger, still very handy. — G.F., Norway
  • Because I'm able to view both day time and night time. Serves my needs very well and is still very portable. Excellent scope. — R.S., N.H.
  • this is TV85 #2 - long story - NP101 or TV102 in my future. — R.G., MA
  • Wonderful optics and quality. Having great viewing with our solarscope H-alpha filter. — R.S., AZ
  • Best value, top quality without insane pricing. Looking forward to your 127mm next! — J.L., VA
  • Impressive quality. — R.D., TN
  • Took the scope for a ride the first night I got it, WOW! Orion nebula was very nice among others I viewed. Thank you! — D.D., IN
  • What a wonderful scope . . . my family and I look forward to years of stargazing! — T.C., CO
  • Your telescopes are made the way that most people expect in a telescope. No short cuts, all quality. Thank you. — F.S., CA
  • My wife bought it on a recommendation from a friend who is an astronomer. It was my 40th birthday present and a surprise too. What a present! Best telescope I've ever had! — E.M., HI
  • Beautiful — J.F., NY
  • Fantastic — R.S., NC
  • It Rules! — J.Z., NJ
  • Great! I've tried less expensive scopes. One gets what one pays for. — W.D., AZ
  • I've wanted a good, small scope for years; when I read about the TV-60 in Smart Money I did some more research and picked the TV-85. Thanks to Dave for help with lenses etc.! — M.R., NY
  • I love it. — S.R., HI
  • Nice scope. I use it every night it's clear. — G.B., CA
  • Simply a work of art! — V.R., Canada
  • Upgraded from a 90mm. I like the superior design, craftsmanship and made in USA. — P.M., CT
  • After trying four other scopes finally found my scope of a lifetime! First rate all the way and so simple to use! Also technical advice from Tele Vue staff very helpful before and after purchase. Thanks!!!! — T.M., CA
  • Purchase for quality and customer support from Tele Vue. Thanks Al!! — D.P., SC
  • Outstanding performance vs. size. — S.S., ME
  • Looks like another winner! — B.C., TN
  • Holds more coffee than 70mm model. — R.L., TN
  • The scope performs incredibly well for an 85mm refractor. Planetary detail through the TV-85 rivals the clearest views through an 8" SCT. Scope doesn't miss a beat! — J.K., CA
  • Less television watching lately. — J.P., GA
  • I'm very pleased with the TV-85. It is superior to my (competitive) 102mm APO & Mak. — W.H., TX
  • Unbelievable! — K.D., NY
  • TV-85 is a great scope, as expected. — N.S., WA
  • Absolutely fantastic. This scope is made with the utmost in quality craftsmanship. — D.V., PA
  • It's an amazing telescope. — G.P., MA
  • It looks & feels like a masterpiece! Viewing with the 35mm Panoptic is a joy. This scope will travel with me everywhere. — P.M., CA
  • I knew it was a winner. I've owned most of your TV line & I'm not disappointed. — M.Y., NY
  • First serious telescope I have owned. It is excellent. — R.O., MA
  • When I saw it I fell in love. When I looked through it, I could not believe my eyes. Two words: awesome, unbelievable. — B.S., CA
  • The views and the workmanship are outstanding. — W.J., PA
  • Wonderfully sharp views. I'm very pleased with it. — G.A., U.K.
  • Very impressed with quality of information and equipment. — E.S., WA
  • Scope is great! Travels well too! Fits nicely in overhead bins! — M.T., TX
  • After owning both Pronto & now TV85, it's clear Tele Vue represents the pinnacle of quality and portability for amateurs. P.S. I really enjoy reading "Ask-Al" (on website). — S.F., TX
  • Traded in a great Ranger for a greater scope. TV 85, zoom, Qwik point and my up swing, who need any thing else. Zero set up time. — D.K., Canada
  • The "85" is everything it is said to be and more. Wonderful for planets!! — D.R., U.K.
  • Great scope! I marvel at the craftsmanship and quality of design. This is a telescope I'll hand down to my children's children. — S.R., KS
  • I'm very happy with the scope!! Its quality and simplicity in use are wonderful! — R.H., CT
  • Very well constructed. Thanks for paying attention to all the "little details". — A.S., WV
  • Everything and more than I expected. — F.S., PA
  • I own a 9.25" SCT and (a competitive 102mm refractor) and I can already tell that the TV85 will be the most used scope. Restores my faith in American know-how! Excellent product, excellent craftsmanship. Thank you, Al. — C.D., LA
  • I'm a M.E., so the care of mfg. & finishing is just beautiful. A gorgeous scope! The images are spectacular. — R.B., MA
  • Wow! Beautiful views I would not have thought possible in this size refractor. — J.M., CA
  • Oh-baby! Oh-baby! Oh-baby! — R.H., NJ
  • This is "USA" made with pride- quality - technical perfection, as in the good old days. — F.D., MI
  • Awesome! The finest sub-4" refractor on the market. Bar none! An heirloom in the making. — D.S., NH
  • It's everything I dreamed it would be. Great job. — T.D., NY
  • The TV85 combines the best of Pronto with visual levels of a 4" APO. Pure genius! — M.U., CA
  • Superb quality. Excellent performer. — R.S., NC
  • Was so impressed with my Pronto, I ordered the TV85. Beautiful. What a quality telescope! Was thinking of (two competitive brands). I think I'll just order a TV101. — W.M., FL
  • Wonderful! — W.H., GA
  • Someone should profile your company as an example of how real commitment to quality & service does work. Great product!! — C.H., CA
  • Could not be more satisfied, scope wonderful. — D.H., IN
  • Mechanical & optical quality outstanding! Keep up the good work and never stop trying to be the best. — R.P., AZ
  • Very nice instrument!!! Wow. — J.P., MA
  • It's the best! — W.H., WA
  • Superb scope - well done! — H.R., U.K.
  • Very high quality fit & finish. Optics great, very high resolution. — J.J., MN
  • Love this scope. — J.V., TX
  • Outstanding! — R.S., WA
  • Spectacular performer. — V.R., TX
  • Beautiful, well built scope. — R.S., NY
  • I am really delighted - this instrument deserves the great press. — D.F., MA
  • Optics, quality, reputation and I have several Tele Vue eyepieces. Recently returned two other 80mm scopes. — J.N., NY
  • Gift from wife! — B.C., SD
  • Love it, thanks! — G.S., CA
  • Beautiful quality. Great wide field and high power views! Met all expectations! — J.H., NC
  • What a superb instrument. I wish that I had one 10 years ago. — P.H., UK
  • It is without question the best optical instrument I have ever used. — C.K., CA
  • Solid instrument beautifully turned out - terrestrial images fantastic. — W.W., NC
  • Fantastic optics. M-22, Lagoon, Trifid, Jupiter all looked great. — B.B., FL
  • I needed an airline-portable high quality telescope. I expected it to be good but the initial views of Jupiter and Saturn really surprised me with their sharpness and wealth of color-free detail. Astounding! — J.B., OH
  • After just one night of using the TV85, I am totally pleased & excited. A great little scope in all respects! Bravo! — R.L., WI
  • I wanted the world's best small refractor. I got it. — J.S., ME
  • A fine instrument for travel & photography. This may indeed be the ultimate telescope for the astronomer. — M.P., CA
  • Very impressive build quality & optics. — R.K., NY
  • Far superior picture to anything else we looked at. Ideal instrument for stargazing & birding from our beach house. Looking forward to many years of exciting viewing. — H.B., OR
  • Exceptionally beautiful. Great design. Eyepiece Caddy is a real winner. — D.R., NM
  • The 85 is an outstanding scope both optically & mechanically. Well done. — R.A., Canada
  • Workmanship is top-notch, views with my 15mm and 22mm Panoptic are great. — G.L., MN
  • The TV85 is awesome. Text-book star test - showed no color, near perfect diffraction rings. — E.M., NY
  • Wonderful instrument - thanks for doing it right. — W.H., VA
  • I love it. — J.A., MD
  • Need something lighter/portable than my 10" SCT. TV85 is perfect! — C.B., MD
  • I love this telescope and I'm only getting started. — S.D., VA
  • Blows away any scope I've tried in the 90mm & under class. Thanks for a great product. — B.B., NH
  • I wanted a quality telescope that could be used for celestial and terrestrial viewing which was very portable. Success. — G.R., WY
  • Recommended by dealer. He was right! I love this scope. — A.H., CA
  • Optical performance: A+ Portability: A+ This scope is amazing! Meets all my needs. — J.T., MO


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