DayStar Filters 480E 80mm Refractor Telescope with Quark Prominence Filter Kit (OTA Only)

DayStar Filters 480E 80mm Refractor Telescope with Quark Prominence Filter Kit (OTA Only)

DayStar Filters 480E 80mm Refractor Telescope with Quark Prominence Filter Kit (OTA Only)


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Product Highlights

  • 80mm Achromatic Doublet Refractor
  • 480mm Focal Length, f/6 Focal Ratio
  • 2" Hybrid Focuser, Dielectric Diagonal
  • 656nm H-Alpha Filter with 12mm Blocking
  • Tuned for Prominence Viewing
  • ±0.5Å Wing Shift Tuning
  • 2-Element Telecentric 4.3x Barlow Lens
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Plate
  • Hard Aluminum Carrying Case
  • OTA Only - Mount and Tripod Required
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SAFETY FIRST: Observing the Sun without the proper protection may result in serious personal injury, including permanent eye damage and blindness, and/or damage to equipment. Never point an optic at the sun without an approved solar filter on the front of the optic. For direct solar viewing, viewing the sun through an optic, or when using cameras with an optical viewfinder, ensure your filter is ISO 12312-2 (also written as ISO 12312-2:2015) certified. Never use photographic neutral density filters for direct solar viewing, viewing the sun through an optic, or when using cameras with an optical viewfinder.

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DayStar Filters DSZ4P80B overview

  • 1Description

Daystar Filters put together the 480E 80mm Refractor Telescope with Quark Prominence Filter Kit to provide you with a versatile instrument for nighttime astronomical and daytime solar observations. This bundle comes with an 80mm achromatic doublet refractor OTA, the prominence-tuned Quark solar filter, and a 90° dielectric-coated mirror diagonal.

  • 480E 80mm f/6 Achro Refractor Telescope (OTA Only)

    An ideal grab-and-go OTA for astronomical or solar viewing, Daystar Filters' 480E 80mm f/6 Achro Refractor Telescope is engineered with an achromatic doublet lens system and fully multi-coated optics that work together to improve light transmission and to produce color-accurate images without distortion across the entire field of view. For solar observing, the 80mm objective represents the maximum aperture that is safe to use without a front energy rejection filter, and the simple refractor optical configuration also eliminates the need for a rear IR/UV filter, so all that is required is a rear solar filter like the Daystar Quark.

    An innovative hybrid focuser combines the stability of a rack-and-pinion with the precision of a Crayford-style to enable fast yet fine focusing while still being able to handle heavier rear-weighted loads as from large eyepieces, accessories, imaging/photography rigs, and/or solar filters. It is outfitted with a 2" drawtube for using larger visual accessories. The OTA is constructed from CNC-machined aluminum with a gloss-black anodized finish that resists scratches. This OTA is offered here without a mount and tripod, but comes with a Vixen-style dovetail plate to easy attach to a wide variety of Alt-az, EQ, and motorized mount and support systems. To protect your investment during transport or in storage, the 480E comes with a hard aluminum carrying case.

    Optical Performance
    • Aperture: 80mm
    • Focal ratio: f/6
    • Focal length: 480mm
    • Doublet refractor optical configuration
    • Achromatic lens elements correct spherical and chromatic aberration to produce color-accurate images without distortion across the entire field of view
    • Fully multi-coated optics improve light transmission through the entire optical path
    • Retractable sunshade/dew shield
    • Large 2" drawtube
    • Hybrid focuser
    • Rack-and-pinion gets image close to focus
    • Crayford-style allows for super-fine focusing
    • Mount and tripod required
    • Vixen-style dovetail plate
    Carrying Case
    • Lightweight and durable aluminum
    • Custom-cut foam insert for OTA and visual accessories
    UPC: 724696425083
  • QUARK H-Alpha Eyepiece Solar Filter (Prominence)

    Daystar Filters designed this version of the QUARK H-Alpha Eyepiece Solar Filter specifically for viewing prominences. Prominences, a detail of the chromosphere projected against the blackness of space behind the sun, are seen with improved contrast due to the filter's narrower bandpass versus a wider bandpass filter tuned for conventional chromosphere surface viewing.

    This all-in-one hydrogen-alpha filter is engineered to eliminate unnecessary components which reduced the size and weight, and enabled it to fit in a compact form factor that simply inserts into 1.25" or 2" diagonals and accepts 1.25" eyepieces. This design enables the use of nighttime telescopes for solar viewing. In addition to the tunable H-alpha filter, the Quark also functions as a 4.3x Barlow lens, with a 2-element lens system designed to be telecentric which flattens the field of view and reduces parallax, and optical coatings that are optimized for the 656nm H-alpha wavelength.

    While there are no OTA aperture limitations, Daystar recommends the use of UV/IR cut filters or front-mount energy rejection filters on OTAs over 80mm of for long-duration solar viewing sessions. For best results, they suggest using refractor-style scopes with focal ratios between f/4-f/8, and you can enjoy full-disk viewing with focal lengths up to 450mm. The filter is powered via a micro-USB port, and Daystar includes a power cord and an AC adapter to meet the high-power requirements of 5 VDC 1.5A. To enable its use at home and abroad, a set of international outlet plugs is provided with adapters for the US, UK, EU, and Australia.

    Filter Properties
    • Hydrogen-alpha bandpass
    • Integrated 12mm blocking filter
    • 21mm clear filter aperture
    • Tuned to 0.8-0.6Å for viewing prominences
    • Tuning knob allows for ±0.5Å wing shift for Doppler-shift compensation
    • Markers at every 0.1Å for reference and repeatability
    • LED indicators for power, warming, ready, and fault
    • Integrated 4.3x Barlow lens
    • Lens and optical coatings designed specifically for 656nm H-alpha wavelength
    • Two-element telecentric lens design keeps light waves parallel to flatten the field of view and reduce parallax as magnification increases
    Recommended OTA Specifications
    • No aperture limitation
    • Best performance with f/4-f/8 refractors
    • Full-disk viewing on refractors up to 450mm focal length
    • For apertures over 80mm (3.1"), or for long-duration solar viewing, an UV/IR cut filter should be used for energy rejection
    • Not suited for off-axis applications
    • 5 VDC, 1.5A micro-USB port
    • 90-240 VAC wall adapter
    • Set of international outlet plugs for US, UK, EU, and Australia
    UPC: 702730990711
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Aluminum Carrying Case
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Plastic Case
  • USB Power Cord
  • Wall Outlet Power Adapter
  • Set of International Plug Adapters
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty

Also Includes

  • 2" 90° Diagonal
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • 480E 80mm f/6 Achro Refractor Telescope (OTA Only)
    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Achromatic Doublet Refractor
    Aperture 80 mm / 3.2"
    Focal Length 480 mm
    Focal Ratio f/6
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"
    Diagonal No
    Finderscope No
    Mounting System Vixen Style
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.0 x 14.8 x 8.7"
  • QUARK H-Alpha Eyepiece Solar Filter (Prominence)
    Type Hydrogen-Alpha
    Filter Factor 0.8 - 0.6 Å
    Application Prominence viewing
    Size Drawtube side: 1.25"/2"
    Eyepiece holder: 1.25"
    Multi-Coated Yes
    Power Requirement 5 VDC, 1.5 A
    Construction Aluminum alloy
    Dimensions 5.7 x 2.8 x 2.2" / 14.6 x 7.1 x 5.5 cm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.6 x 4.7 x 4.3"

DayStar Filters DSZ4P80B reviews

480E 80mm Refractor Telescope with Quark Prominence Filter Kit (OTA Only) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great price without sacrificing quality Very impressed with he quality of this product. I found both the refractor and H-Alpha filter that was included in the bundle to be high quality. My first observation at the eyepiece using the Quark Prominence model I was able to see solar prominence very well. For my second observing session I used an inexpensive web camera and was able to record solar prominences with minimal post-processing. I am very happy with both the scope and filter.
Date published: 2016-12-04
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