The Black Diamond 80 ED is a modestly wide field telescope that offers wide swaths of bright sky in a single view. It is well suited for wide-field astronomical observation of prominent nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies from a dark sky location, or it can be used as an astrograph for sky photography. As a spot or telephoto scope, the Black Diamond 80 ED's performance is absolutely superb. The ultra-high contrast allows the finest details to be easily examined in good visibility conditions. The small silhouette of the Black Diamond 80 ED makes it an excellent compact and portable telescope that travels light and fits in a small space. At roughly 50 powers, structural detail is evident in the gas giants of our solar system like Saturn and Jupiter. The Moon also exhibits striking crater detail along the lunar terminator.
High transmission metallic lens coatings
Each air-to-glass lens surface has exotic anti-reflective metallic coatings applied to ensure optimum light output close to 99.5%. Sky-Watcher's "High Transmission Metallic Coatings" (MHC) are the best photon rejection coatings in their class.
Optical systems with light deflectors
The objective lens cell has a light deflector to reject stray and out of focus light. The extraction tube is also baffled to ensure optimal contrast. The inside of the tube is flat blackened to help prevent defocused internal light reflections from reaching the focal plane.
Dual speed 2 ”precision Crayford focuser is standard
Optical focusing is achieved by means of a mechanically ultra-smooth 2 ”precision double speed Crayford focuser assembly with no backlash. This focuser offers fine and ultra-fine focus adjustments.
Optical tube material is laminated steel, reflective glossy black powder coated with gold fleck accent. The front and rear cells are cast aluminum painted white or black.
Telescope tube accessory
The optical tube comes with mounting accessories that allow you to securely attach it to any Sky-Watcher mount. Quick release tube rings are supplied with Black Diamond 80 ED Hardware cast aluminum, painted white.
Components included for select models
Black Diamond 80 ED is supplied with 2 ”dual speed Crayford focusers and quality foam lined aluminum carrying cases as standard equipment.
Sky-Watcher offers simple solutions for users who would like to attach their smaller telescope to a convenient computerized system but do not wish to deal with the weight of the HEQ5 or EQ6 mount. The NEQ5 Pro mounts use the same Go-To system found in the HEQ5 and EQ6 Pros - SynScan. It allows you to point the telescope at a specific object or even tour the skies with a touch of few buttons.
The NEQ5 SynScan mounts are the perfect instrument for novice visual observers to enjoy astronomy with minimal setup time and in-depth knowledge of the night sky. For novice users, the user-friendly menu allows automatic slewing to 42900+ objects.
Positioning Accuracy up to 1 arc minute. Accuracy enhanced by software collimation error (mount mechanical error) compensation.
Stepper motors with 1.8° step angle and 32 micro steps driven.
Slewing speed up to 3.4°/sec (800X).
Guiding speed selectable from 0.25X, 0.50X, 0.75X, or 1X.
Object database containing complete Messier, NGC, and IC catalogues.
Periodic Error Correction.
Optical Design Apochromatic Refractor ED
Optical diameter 80 mm
Focal length 600 mm
F / F / 7.5 ratio
Maximum magnification 160x
8X50 finder scope
Focuser diameter 2 "dual speed, crayford
Diagnose 2 "90 Degree Dielectric Diagonal with 1.25" Adapter
2 "-28 LET eyepieces
Tube weight 2.47 kg
Tube dimensions 10 cm x 62 cm
Shipping weight 8 kg
Shipping Dimensions 68 x 33 x 23 cm3
Tripod height 85-121 cm
Guiding speed from 0.25X, 0.50X, 0.75X or 1X
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount
Counterweight 2 x 5.1 kg
Large wall-to-wall accessory tray
Motor driven 1.8 degree stepper motors
GOTO SynScan Hand Control System
Tripod Weight 5.6 kg
Shipping weight 28 kg
Shipping dimensions 106x49x26cms
Payload capacity 9.10 kg
Rotation speed up to 3.4 ° / sec (800