Review: GSkyer 80mm AZ Refractor Telescope

Author: Ed Anderson


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This is a review of the Gskyer 80 mm refractor telescope package. I have owned this scope for a couple of years so I have spent many hours with it. It is one of six scopes that I own.

This is an entry-level 80 mm short focal length refractor telescope package. It includes the optical tube assembly (the telescope), a mount/tripod, three eyepieces, and a 3X Barlow lens. They have also added a frame to hold your smartphone so you can take photos through the eyepiece.

Its simple operation and stable mount give it the potential for being a good first scope. Its compact size and light weight would make it a good “grab and go” or travel scope for someone who has a larger telescope.

However, it has some flaws that I will address later in the article. None of these are very serious but taken as a whole they do create issues to be considered. 

Total Score

5/10: Downsides outweigh upsides

Score Breakdown (out of 5)

Read our scoring methodology here.


  • Very stable mount
  • Typical optical performance for refractors in this price range
  • Lightweight and compact size for easy portability and travel


  • Focuser tends to loosen and lose alignment
  • Eyepieces lack eyecups
  • Lacks user instruction manual
  • Support by email only

The Competition

Our Verdict

Gskyer 80 AZ refractor telescope

GSkyer 80mm AZ Refractor

Rating: 2.5/5