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    Default Skywatcher Black Diamond 80ED



    Hey,

    I have been doing some research and have narrowed my search down to a skywatcher black diamond 80ed. also, i have found the equinox version. is their a difference between the Black diamond or equinox? the equinox is almost $100 more. is it worth it?



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    Both the Black Diamond and Equinox are ED doublets and very crisp and sharp performers.

    The BD is, however a f/7.5 and the Equinox is at f/6.25

    The Equinox range are more a premium scope in that they have a very high standard of fit and finish, and the 80mm with its faster FL is more friendly for AP

    The BD is the old Orion or Skywatcher ED 80 fitted with a two speed focuser. More utilitarian but a very solid and proven performer.

    Your call, but for me I'd save the $100

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    hi vinnie,

    thanks!

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    Great stuff if you get an upgraded scope, have you thought of getting the regular Skywatcher ED 80 (the white and gold similar to the one I have)? You may find it for a lot cheaper and its basically the same. Vinnie can clarify the models for you he has tried (and owns) quite a few of them.

    Let us know how the selection and purchasing goes, and we would love to see some photos and a review please...

    best wishes and clear skies
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    hi admin,

    i havent been able to find the original. . . maybe im not looking hard enough.but, when you think about it, $500 for a imaging scope is pretty good, considering you could spend $10,000 easily..
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    Hi Celestron,
    thats true maybe spend the rest on CCD imaging equipment? Also what mount are you going to use for it?

    What are you going to use CCD or DSLR?

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    The Gold and White SW series is now obsolete, and so no more are being made. There are some great prices on these around (if you can find one)

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    Hi,

    I'm thinking of getting a Orion Starshoot DSI . . . I was looking at the Pro version, but for $1,000, that can come alittle later. the mount, i decided on a skywatcher eq5 pro manual.

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    Hey Celestron, if you get the EQ5 pro there is an autoguider port that you can use for even cheaper guiding. I will look around but I heard that decreases the price of the autoguider you need. Let me know if you find more information on the autoguiding.
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