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Sky-Watcher 18” Stargate Truss-Tube GoTo Dobsonian Telescope S11920

Price: $6999.00

With the amazingly modular and completely computerized Skywatcher 18” GoTo Stargate Dobsonian you can delve into deep space from your own backyard or a dark-sky site and experience intricate celestial details that are normally only seen in photographs! With the computerized SynScan hand controller, you can quickly find over 42,000 objects and enjoy the dust lanes and detailed arm structures of galaxies and the glowing star nurseries of hundreds of nebulae.

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Main information about Sky-Watcher 18” Stargate Truss-Tube GoTo Dobsonian Telescope S11920

With the amazingly modular and completely computerized Skywatcher 18” GoTo Stargate Dobsonian you can delve into deep space from your own backyard or a dark-sky site and experience intricate celestial details that are normally only seen in photographs! With the computerized SynScan hand controller, you can quickly find over 42,000 objects and enjoy the dust lanes and detailed arm structures of galaxies and the glowing star nurseries of hundreds of nebulae. The Sky-Watcher 18” Stargate GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian gathers a whopping 27% more light than a big 16” Dob, and on a still, dark night, you’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll see!

Fast Optics for Reasonable Eyepiece Height

The Skywatcher 18” Stargate has a fast f/4.1 focal ratio to enhance light-gathering and keep the eyepiece height to a maximum of 74.5” at zenith. This means that while you will need a step-stool or ladder to view objects high overhead, most adults will be able to forego the use of a ladder when objects are closer to the horizon.

The GoTo version of the 18” Stargate Truss Tube Dobsonian uses Skywatcher's tried-and-true SynScan computerized system. The electronics and motors are built into the base, and the SkyScan hand controller is your easy to use interface. You can choose from multiple tracking rates (sidereal, solar or lunar) and the object database has 42,000+ celestial objects that include those from the Messier, NGC, IC, SAO, Caldwell, Double Star, Variable Star and Named Star catalog as well as, of course, the planets. The Freedom Find™ dual-encoder technology from Sky-Watcher ensures precise tracking when manually moving the telescope in both axes without sacrificing alignment. This gives users a high level of convenience and flexibility not offered in telescopes without dual encoders. For more information on pointing accuracy, encoder resolution, and the motors see the specifications below.

The 18” fused conical parabolic primary mirror is exclusively designed for the Skywatcher Stargate. It’s thinner construction is lighter in weight than a traditional primary and allows the mirror to cool down more quickly. Both the Stargate primary and the cast cellular secondary are topped with 94% reflective coatings, for bright, sharp views at a limiting magnitude of 15.9. The dual-speed 2” Crayford focuser is sturdy and lets you make coarse and fine adjustments, and the included 2” to 1.25” adapter allows you to use 1.25” eyepieces and accessories as well as 2”.

Features:

  • Fused conical primary mirror
  • Cellular secondary mirror
  • Dual speed 2” Crayford focuser
  • Two section truss poles (compact transport)
  • Minimalist, all metal construction
  • Fast f/4.1 optics for short eyepiece heights
  • 18” provides 27% more light than a 16” telescope
  • 94% reflectivity coatings
  • Freedom Find, dual encoders
  • SynScan with 42,000+ object database

Specifications:

Optical Design

Dobsonian

Primary Aperture (mm)

458mm (18”)

Secondary Diameter (mm)

120mm minor axis

Secondary Obstruction by Area

7%

Mirror Coatings

94% Aluminum

Glass Type

Borosilicate

Focal Length (mm)

1900mm

Focal Ratio

4.1

Light Gathering (compared to next size down)

Captures 27% more light than a 16” telescope

Zenith Eyepiece Height

74.5”

Rayleigh Limit

0.31

Dawes Limit

0.25

Limiting Magnitude

15.9

Minimum Magnification

65x

Maximum Magnification

902x

GoTo

Yes

Object Database

42900+

Dual Encoders

Yes

Focuser

2″ Dual Speed Crayford

Included Eyepieces

28mm LET eyepiece and 10mm eyepiece

Included Finder

9×50

Other Included Items

2.3lbs counter weights (3), Shroud, Truss clamps

Upper Cage Weight

11lbs.

Truss Pole Weight

2.6lbs each. 16lbs total

Mirror Box Weight

62lbs.

Dobsonian Base Weight

66lbs.

Fully Assembled Weight (with weights)

155lbs.

 

SKY-WATCHER USA TWO YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

A. Sky-Watcher USA warrants your telescope to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Sky-Watcher USA will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Sky-Watcher USA, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Sky-Watcher USA to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Sky-Watcher USA together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Sky-Watcher USA.

B. The Proper Return Authorization Number must be obtained from Sky-Watcher USA in advance of return. Call Sky-Watcher USA at (310) 803-5953 to receive the number to be displayed on the outside of your shipping container.

All returns must be accompanied by a written statement setting forth the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the owner, together with a brief description of any claimed defects. Parts or product for which replacement is made shall become the property of Sky-Watcher USA. The customer shall be responsible for all costs of transportation and insurance, both to and from the factory of Sky-Watcher USA, and shall be required to prepay such costs.

Sky-Watcher USA shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any telescope covered by this warranty within thirty days of receipt. In the event repair or replacement shall require more than thirty days, Sky-Watcher USA shall notify the customer accordingly. Sky-Watcher USA reserves the right to replace any product which has been discontinued from its product line with a new product of comparable value and function. This warranty shall be void and of no force of effect in the event a covered product has been modified in design or function, or subjected to abuse, misuse, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty.

SKY-WATCHER USA DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHETHER OF MERCHANTABILITY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN. THE SOLE OBLIGATION OF SKY-WATCHER USA UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL BE TO REPAIR OR REPLACE THE COVERED PRODUCT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS SET FORTH HEREIN. SKY-WATCHER USA EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY LOST PROFITS, GENERAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHICH MAY RESULT FROM BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY, OR ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY SKY-WATCHER USA PRODUCT. ANY WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPLIED AND WHICH CANNOT BE DISCLAIMED SHALL BE LIMITED IN DURATION TO A TERM OF TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL RETAIL PURCHASE.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Sky-Watcher USA reserves the right to modify or discontinue, without prior notice to you, any model or style telescop

If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your telescope contact:

Sky-Watcher USA

Customer Service Department

475 Alaska Avenue

Torrance, CA 90503

Tel. (310) 803-5953

Toll-free (855) 327-1587

Monday-Friday 8AM-4:30PM CST

NOTE: This warranty is valid to U.S.A. customers who have purchased this product from an authorized Sky-Watcher USA dealer in the U.S.A.

Product's SKU: S11920

Product's UPC: 50234119207

Sky-Watcher 18” Stargate Truss-Tube GoTo Dobsonian Telescope S11920

Manufacturer details

David Shen, the founder of Sky-Watcher, started pursuing his interest in optics design and star observing when he was 26, working as a polishing technician at a research institute in Taiwan. It was a lovely summer night after work that the bright stars urged David to observe them with a telescope. After placing the telescope on top of the hood of his car, the view of the magnificent rings from the Saturn planet greatly moved David. That night was deeply engraved in David's memory since and constantly inspires him to live his dream: "Building High-quality and Affordable Telescopes for Everyone".

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