DayStar Filters Solar Scout 80mm f/17.5 H-alpha Achro Solar Telescope (Chromosphere, OTA Only)

DayStar Filters Solar Scout 80mm f/17.5 H-alpha Achro Solar Telescope (Chromosphere, OTA Only)

DayStar Filters Solar Scout 80mm f/17.5 H-alpha Achro Solar Telescope (Chromosphere, OTA Only)


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  • Tuned for Chromosphere Viewing
  • 80mm Achromatic Doublet Refractor
  • 1400mm Focal Length, f/17.5 Focal Ratio
  • Chromosphere Quark H-alpha Solar Filter
  • ±0.5Å Wing Shift Tuning
  • Two-Element Telecentric 4.3x Barlow Lens
  • Optical Coatings Tuned to H-Alpha Band
  • Sturdy and Precise Helical Focuser
  • Bullet Solar Finder, Hard Case
  • OTA Only, Mount and Tripod Required
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Filter Options: Chromosphere

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Aperture: 80mm f/17.5

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80mm f/17.5

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 SS80C Overview

  • 1Description

Study the rich details of the sun's chromosphere using Daystar Filters Solar Scout 80mm f/17.5 H-alpha Achro Solar Telescope. Optically, this is an achromatic doublet refractor which corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations to produce accurate color rendition without distortion across the entire field of view. Included with the optical tube assembly is the Quark solar filter system, specifically tuned for chromosphere viewing. The chromosphere's surface structure behaves differently in active regions than quiet areas, where magnetic field lines are stronger, so viewing this portion of the sun provides a constantly-changing observational experience.

The Quark is an all-in-one hydrogen-alpha filter engineered to eliminate unnecessary components, which reduces the size and weight and enables it to fit in a compact form factor that simply inserts into drawtubes and accepts 1.25" eyepieces. In addition to the tunable H-alpha filter, the Quark also functions as a 4.3x Barlow lens with a two-element lens system that is 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. This design enables the use of nighttime telescopes for solar viewing, so it can be removed from the Scout OTA and inserted and used in many traditional telescopes.

The Solar Scout is offered here as an OTA-only option, so a mount and tripod are required for proper use. Daystar includes a Vixen-style dovetail plate to be compatible with many mounts, and a 1/4"-20 mount on the plate allows it to be directly attached to many photo, video, or field tripods. Also included is a solar finder for safe alignment for observation, and a hard carrying case to protect it when it's not being used.

Optical Tube
  • 80mm aperture
  • f/17.5 focal ratio
  • 1400mm focal length
  • Refractor-style optical configuration
  • Achromatic doublet lens design corrects spherical and chromatic aberration to produce accurate color fidelity without distortion across the entire field of view
  • Sturdy and precise helical focuser has no backlash and won't rotate eyepiece/imaging rig
  • Carbon fiber optical tube reduces weight without sacrificing strength, and resists the expansion/contraction caused by temperature fluctuations which can cause internal lenses to move out of alignment and affecting image quality and focusing ability
Chromosphere Quark
  • Hydrogen-alpha bandpass
  • Integrated 12mm blocking filter
  • 22mm clear filter aperture
  • Tuned to 0.5-0.3Å for viewing chromosphere details
  • 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
  • Two-element telecentric lens design keeps light waves parallel to flatten the field of view and reduce parallax as magnification increases
  • Combination 2" & 1.25" snout — accepts 1.25" eyepieces and accessories
  • Can be moved to other OTAs
    Power Requirements:
  • 5 VDC, 1.5A micro-USB port
  • 90-240 VAC wall adapter
  • Includes a set of international outlet plugs for US, UK, EU, and Australia
  • OTA only, mount and tripod required
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate is compatible with a wide variety of mounts
  • 1/4"-20 mounting socket allows the use of many photo/video/field tripods
  • Allows for safe alignment with the sun
  • Does not require directly looking at the sun
  • Safely projects image of the sun on a small white screen for accurate alignment
  • Compact bullet design
    Carrying Case:
  • Hard exterior protects for transport and storage
  • Foam-lined interior
UPC: 724696425908
In the Box
DayStar Filters Solar Scout 80mm f/17.5 H-alpha Achro Solar Telescope (Chromosphere, OTA Only)
  • QUARK H-Alpha Eyepiece Solar Filter (Chromosphere)
  • Solar Finder
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Hard Carrying Case
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    DayStar Filters SS80C Specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Aperture 80 mm / 3.1"
    Focal Length 1400 mm
    Focal Ratio f/17.5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"
    Finderscope Yes
    Mounting System Vixen Style
    Filtration Wavelength Hydrogen-alpha
    Bandpass 0.5 Å
    0.5 Å
    Blocking Filter 12 mm
    Adapter 5 VDC
    Assembled Dimensions 20.2 x 5.3 x 3.7" / 51.2 x 13.5 x 9.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 17.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 28.2 x 16.9 x 8.1"

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