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SKYWATCHER STARGATE 18" GO-TO

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TESTAR Australia permanently hosts a fully assembled SkyWatcher Stargate 18" in its showroom in Sydney. 

 

The SkyWatcher Stargate 18" collapsible Dobson represents the ultimate combination between light gathering, precision and portability for outstanding performance and resolution. The truss structure is compact allowing for easy transport of this large telescope while looking for the perfect dark, pristine sky. The outstanding light gathering of the mirror and the superior resolution allows amazing journeys through the universe, offering spectacular observations of tangled gas filaments in nebulae, fine galaxy details and remarkable planet structures. Despite the size of the mirror, the telescope is easy to assemble following the step by step instructions and video.

To top it off, the SkyWatcher Stargate is equipped with a 2″ Crayford dual speed focuser for smooth and precise focusing and a focuser-locking screw.

The Freedom Find technology (dual-encoder) allows the telescope to be moved manually whenever the user wishes, but without losing any of the pre-set alignment.


Parabolic Primary Mirror

The most extraordinary feature of the Stargate is the technology used in the mirrors which are made up of borosilicate glass which has a very low expansion coefficient, reducing the stress caused by thermal gradients. The mirror is extremely light and thin but the glass ribs beneath minimise the glass deformation, thus allowing continuous high performance from all the telescope angulations. Also, the small thickness of the mirror allows a much quicker cooling time compared to the standard monolithic mirrors. The secondary mirror has a honeycomb structure that follows the concept of the primary mirror: lightweight, rigid and quick to cool down.

Both the mirrors are aluminised and in order to protect the reflective treatment over the years, the coatings are protected by a thin layer of quartz (silicon dioxide). This protection is needed as the mirrors are exposed to external elements due to their position in an open truss tube. Sky-Watcher is one of the few companies in the world that uses this particular technology.

 

Accessories in the Box:

  • SynScan hand controller with cables
  • 12V power cable with lighter socket plug
  • Finderscope 9X50 straight version
  • Eyepiece 2″ LET 28mm (68x) – apparent field of view 56°
  • Eyepiece 1.25″ Super Plossl 10mm (190x) – apparent field of view 52°
  • Eyepiece adapter from 2″ to 1.25″ with M42 thread
  • 2″ tube extension
  • Collimation eyepiece
  • User manual

    

 

Optical design

Newton

Aperture

458 mm

Focal length

1900 mm

Focal ratio

f/4.1

Secondary mirror

120 mm (minor axis)

Obstruction

26.2%

Resolving power

0.26 arc seconds

Stellar limiting magnitude

15.30

Max magnification

916 x

Light gathering power

4281 times the human eye

Focuser

Crayford 2" dual speed

Max eyepiece height

1890 mm

SKU

SWDOB450GT

Warranty

2 years on electronic components, 5 years on mechanical parts

 

 

  • SkyWatcher StarGate 18" Go-To
  • SynScan hand controller with cable (RJ45 to RJ45)
  • 12V power supply cable with lighter plug
  • Finderscope 9 x 50
  • Eyepiece adapter from 2″ to 1.25″ with M42 thread
  • Eyepiece 2″ LET 28mm (68x) – apparent field of view 56°
  • Eyepiece 1.25″ Super Plossl 10mm (190x) – apparent field of view 52°
  • User manual and SynScan manual

 

Video shot by Testar Australia

 

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