If it's true there is no one perfect scope, a case could be made that the TV-85 is close. And a very good case. When you consider that it combines premium optics with tremendous portability and a huge choice of mounting options, you have an incredibly versatile scope. The views of celestial and terrestrial objects are equally stunning. The split on Castor at 200x with the Nagler Zoom looks like a pair of headlights coming at you on a dark, country road. I have had the scope up to this power on Jupiter, Saturn and the moon with abundant detail visible. This scope is just as impressive looking at a Red-Tailed hawk's tail as Jupiter's Red Spot. If you're going to use this for nature viewing (and you should!), I would suggest to use the Everbrite diagonal rather than a correct-image diagonal. The sharper, brighter image is worth having it reversed. You'll quickly get used to panning the opposite direction of your first instinct. I have and love a TV Ranger, but the optics on the TV-85 are simply in another league. No, it's not cheap, but not once have I thought about it's price tag when I'm at the eyepiece! You won't either.
Thank you Clyde Crewey.
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