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 SynScan mounts have been designed for use by novices and experts alike. These mounts provide extremely high precision tracking and have built in autoguider ports. This heavy-duty HEQ5 Pro mount is a smaller version of the sturdy EQ6 Pro mount. It is specially designed for observers who need the steadiness of the EQ6 Pro mount but finds the EQ6 Pro mount too physically demanding.
For novice users the user-friendly menu allows automatic slewing to 42900+ objects. Even an inexperienced astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observing sessions. The SynScan Hand Control also has the ability to connect to a computer via an RS-232 cable. Once the connection has been established between the computer and SynScan Hand Control, many commercially available planetarium software programs can be used to control the HEQ5 PRO Mounts, They also come with features that advanced astronomers can appreciate.
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 64 micro steps driven.
Auto Guider Interface for astrophotography.
Object database containing complete Messier, NGC, and IC catalogs.
Minimal vibration for steady long-exposure photography.
Periodic Error Correction.
Motor Resolution: 0.144 arc sec (or 9.024,000 steps/rev.
Power Supply: 11 to 15 V DC 2Amp (Tip positive)
Gear Ratio: 705
8" Dovetail Bar
Total weight: 15kgs (without counterweights)
Mount Height: 35cm
Mount Weight (without counterweight): 10Kgs
Counterweight Shaft Material: Stainless Steel
Counterweight Shaft Length: 21.5cm
Counterweight Shaft Diameter: 1.8cm
Tripod: Stainless Steel Legs
Polar Scope included
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 97-121cm
Guiding Speed from 0.25X, 0.50X, 0.75X, or 1X
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount
Counter Weight 2 x 5.1Kgs
Accessory Tray Large wall-to-wall
Motor Drive 1.8 degree stepper motors
GOTO System SynScan Hand Control
Tripod Weight 5.6 kg, 1.75" steel tripod
Shipping Weight 18+12 kg
Shipping Dimensions 127x24x25 cm3; 44x44x19 cm3
Payload Capacity 13.7 kg
Slewing Speed up to 3.4°/sec (800X)