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Telescope 80ED Black Diamond 80/600 HEQ5 PRO DS GOTO SkyWatcher

Telescope 80ED Black Diamond 80/600 HEQ5 PRO DS GOTO SkyWatcher
Sky-Watcher has just informed us of a change in the upcoming deliveries of EQ6-R and HEQ5 mounts, they will be delivered without the Go-To hand controller. To replace this controller, Sky-Watcher will provide a WiFi adapter that will allow the mount to be controlled directly with a smartphone or tablet (control from the free SynScan app with the same functions as the handheld controller).
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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.

Tube materials

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

Specifications TUBE

Optical Design Apochromatic Refractor ED

Optical diameter 80 mm

Focal length 600 mm

F / F / 7.5 ratio

Maximum magnification 160x

Magnitude 12.2

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

Specifications MOUNT

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) 


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