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Svbony SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor review

Svbony SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor review

Svbony SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor review

1. Introduction

Svbony provided SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor for my review. This is a small 80mm refractor with a doublet lens, one of which is made of S-FPL51 glass. The use of ED glass provides a significant reduction in color halo (longitudinal chromatic aberration) around bright objects compared to a classic achromatic refractor with the same focal length. Also for review, I received a native Svbony SV193 0.8x field-flattener reducer for this specific refractor.

1. Declared specifications:

The telescope is supplied in a double cardboard box weighing 3.7 kg. The foam material and a sheet of foam at the bottom inside reliably protect the optical tube from damage during transportation. The optical tube is additionally packed in a plastic bag.

Svbony SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor in the box

The tube is very compact, especially in comparison with the classic “long” refractor, but at the same time it is massive. Almost the entire body is made of metal. The workmanship is excellent. The measured weight of the tube with metal rings and caps is 3 kg. The inner diameter of the rings is 89 mm. There is no finder shoe.

SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor

2.SV503 Tube
The length of the tube with folded metal hood, covers and 1.25″ adapter is 470 mm.
The outer diameter of the hood is 103 mm.
The inner diameter of the hood is 95 mm.
Hood length – 157 mm.
The hood moves 84 mm.
The lens is two-lens. The measured aperture is 79.81 mm – slightly less than the declared one, but not critical. The first element is made of S-FPL51 low-dispersion glass (information from the manufacturer). Objective lenses – no scratches, bubbles or damaged coating. Coating – green, medium intensity. Small amount of dust at outer lens. The objective lenses are recessed relative to the edge of the folded hood by about 19 mm.
There are a lot of diaphragms inside the tube. There are no traces of loose paint or dust inside.
The frame of the lens is metal, screwed into the tube by the thread. There are four pairs of adjustment screws on the bezel. To access them, you need to unscrew the hood from the orange ring. It is not necessary to unscrew the hexagon screws on the ring.
3. Focuser
2 inches, rack and pinion. There is a scale in millimeters on the focuser tube.
The measured diameter of the focuser is 50.80 mm
Focuser travel – 90.76 mm
Focuser gear ratio is 1:8.5, although 1:10 is declared. That is, one revolution of the large knob accounts for eight and a half revolutions of the small knob.
Rotation of the focuser knob is smooth, focusing is comfortable even at high magnification. You can also rotate the entire focuser around the optical axis of the telescope by loosening one knurled screw.
The focuser tube is blackened inside, but there is parasitic glare.
Includes a 1.25″ threaded adapter for a 2″ filter.

2. SV193 reducer

For the SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor telescope, Svbony also produces its own SV193 field-flattener reducer (purchased separately). It is necessary to eliminate the curvature of the field in astrophotography of deep space objects. For visual observations or when photographing planets, it is not needed.
The reducer is delivered in a cardboard box with protective material.
The outer lens of the reducer is convex, the inner lens is concave, the coating is green. Presumably there are three lenses in the diagram. No damage or scratches.
An additional extension ring is immediately screwed on by the manufacturer.
Reducer length with ring 52.8 mm, without ring 44.44 mm.
Ring thickness 7.89mm + thread 5.31mm
Inlet luminous diameter – 43.93 mm.
Outlet luminous diameter – 39.39 mm
Front lens recessed 18.24 mm from the edge
Tail thread (external) – 47.94 mm
Inlet thread (internal) – 47.24 mm

When focusing at infinity with an SLR camera, the focuser tube extends 45 mm.

3. Test results

1. Planets

During visual observations of Jupiter with Meade HD-60 6.5 mm (86x) and Levenhuk LER 3 mm (187x) eyepieces, the telescope showed very small chromatic aberration (very weak blue violet halo). 4-5 belts are visible, as well as some details in the belts. At the same time, the sharpness and contrast of the image even at 187x magnification were good – for the Moon, Saturn or Mars, you can confidently use a magnification of up to 200x. A chromatic halo was visible on the star Rigel. Diffraction pattern without any rays and deformations.

Jupiter, 2021\11\08, 17:42

-Svbony SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor Telescope OTA
-Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi mount
-Barlow lens NPZ 2x
-QHY IR-cut filter
-QHY5III462C camera.
Stacking of 1000 frames from 6047.
Source files

A close examination of the addition results shows that the red channel is slightly blurred and with a slight halo (spherochromatism), the green is sharp and without spherical aberration. There is chromatism in the blue channel. In total, a mixture of spherochromatism in red and chromatism in blue gives a purple halo. But visually, when observing Jupiter, the halo is very weak and does not interfere with observations at all.

-Svbony SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor Telescope OTA
–Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi mount
-filter ZWO IR-cut
-camera ZWO ASI183MC.
Stacking of 100 frames from 2223 with Autostakkert, wavelets and deconvolution with AstroSurface.

The Moon, November 11, 2021, 17:07

Svbony SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor Telescope OTA
-Svbony 0.8x reducer
-Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi mount
-Canon 550Da camera (ISO 100, 1\200 с).

2. Deep-sky objects

When photographing the Orion Nebula, colored halos are visible around bright stars. Without a reducer, the stars at the edges of the field of view turn into sticks elongated from the center. There is noticeable vignetting (darkening of the corners).
With a 0.8x reducer with the same shooting parameters, the image quality is noticeably improved, and the aperture ratio also increases. Vignetting is reduced.

Svbony SV503 80ED + Canon 550Da

Svbony SV503 80ED + Canon 550Da

With a 0.8x reducer with the same shooting parameters, the image quality is noticeably improved, and the aperture ratio also increases. Vignetting is reduced.

Svbony SV503 80ED + 0.8x reducer + Canon 550Da

Svbony SV503 80ED + 0.8x reducer + Canon 550Da

The Optolong L-eNhance clip filter effectively cuts off blue and purple halos around the stars, as well as flare from city lights.

The Orion Nebula, November 9, 2021

-Svbony SV503 80ED F7 Doublet Refractor Telescope OTA
-Svbony 0.8x reducer
-Optolong L-eNhance 1.25″ filter
-QHY5III462C camera
-Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi mount
Full calibration with PIPP, stacking 594 frames per 0.5 s with Fitswork, wavelets with AstroSurface.
Source files

4. Summary:

+ Good mechanics and optics
+ Good chromatism correction for visual observations
+ Compact
+ Ability to buy a native field-flattener reducer at a reasonable price.
+ Low price
– There is no shoe of finder
– Spherochromatism in the red channel (bad for owners of Quark H-alpha chromospheric filter, as well as when photographing hydrogen nebulae). Perhaps this disadvantage can be reduced by adjusting the distance between the lenses in the lens, but at the cost of increasing the chromatism in the blue channel.
– Residual chromatism in the blue channel (quite obvious due to the use of S-FPL51 glass).
– There are reflections from some interior surfaces.
In a nutshell, the Svbony SV503 80ED is an entry-level cheap ED refractor. Astrophotography can be challenging when trying to enhance the colors of the lunar surface, and also because of the chromatic halos around bright stars. In the red channel, image detail can be reduced due to spherochromatism. Using low dispersion glass FPL-53 instead of S-FPL51 can improve chromaticity correction, but will immediately increase the price of the telescope. Despite the shortcomings, the telescope turned out to be with a good price/quality ratio and I liked it, leaving a pleasant impression. For visual observations, it will definitely please, despite the small aperture. Considering the current prices for telescopes in Russia (especially for ED refractors), the Svbony SV503 80ED can be a good device for a novice astrophotographer.
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