Celestron’s PowerSeeker 80EQ is probably the best product in the entire PowerSeeker line. However, it still suffers from a number of weaknesses and shortcomings, mostly due to the fact that Celestron seems to insist on marketing it as capable of absurd 675x power and terrestrial observing.
Overview of Powerseeker 80EQ
The Optical Tube
The PowerSeeker 80EQ is an 80mm f/11 achromatic doublet. At this focal ratio and aperture, there is some slight chromatic aberration but it is not very detrimental to the view. It is quite good optically and performs quite well on the Moon, planets, and double stars.
The finderscope included with the PowerSeeker 80EQ is a terrible 5×24 unit with a singlet plastic objective with an aperture stop. It is almost entirely useless, as the view is terrible and the cheap design of the bracket makes it all but impossible to align.
The scope’s focuser is a 1.25”, metal rack-and-pinion. It is quite well-made and sturdy. Conveniently, the focuser has a slot to attach a real, quality finderscope or red dot sight with a standard Vixen/Synta-style foot.
The PowerSeeker 80EQ comes with 2 adjustable tube rings, one of which has the standard ¼ 20 piggyback screw. Unlike most ...