Compact 80mm f/5 balcony scope with Alt-Azimuth mount and terrific optics
The Sky-Watcher 80mm f/5 telescope has a two-element, air-spaced, fully multi-coated objective lens and on the AZ3 mount, is specifically equipped for terrestrial viewing. A great little scope for the office, apartment or any balcony with a view.
One of the greatest assets of these solidly built telescopes is portability. The light-weight optical tube (1.5kg), and the compressed length of about 480mm makes it a "take it with me" telescope. The optical tube can be adapted to fit into an airline carry-on bag, or hiker's backpack. Whether they are to be used as a beginner's telescope, a "rich-field", a backup, a guide scope or a travelling telescope, the great price make them a serious choice.
Quick and easy to set up with low-maintenance, enclosed optics which are fully collimated at the factory. Alignment of the finderscope and polar alignment of an (optional) equatorial mount are all that are needed to start viewing. The optical tube assemblies are held firmly by hinged, felt-lined "tube mounting rings" which allow easy installation and optical tube rotation and balancing. Mounting one of these telescopes on the supplied aluminum alt-azimuth mount or a photographic tripod is quick and simple with the supplied "multi-function mount plate".
Performs well as a fixed aperture lens for both astrophotography and terrestrial photography. The "fast" focal ratios, combined with today's high speed films, make them useful for capturing lunar and solar eclipses as well as nature photographs. With a suitable T-adapter, a camera can be connected directly to the T-mount thread on the eyepiece holder and a supplied 60mm (2.4") extension tube allows closer focussing for terrestrial photography.
- Diameter/Aperture: 80mm
- Focal Length: 400mm - f/5
- Multi-coated achromatic objective lens
- Aluminum tube
- Dew cap/Sunshade
- 6x30 finderscope for easy location of objects
- Eyepieces 10mm and 25mm Plossls
- Highest Practical Power 160x
- 45 degree Erecting Diagonal
- Smooth rack-and-pinion 1.25" focuser
- Pre-assembled tripod for convenient and quick assembly
- Mount AZ3