The Maksutov-Cassegrain is a compact and powerful optical design that combines a front meniscus lens and two mirrors. The optical tube is closed by the front meniscus, keeping the mirrors protected from atmospheric agents such as humidity, dust and pollution. The tube is short but the focal length is long allowing high magnification with the standard eyepieces. With maximum practical magnification of 254x , this Sky-Watcher Telescope will reveal details in Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s bands, the Martian polar ice caps, and the phases of Venus and the moon.
Equatorial Mount Features
The equatorial mount offers the convenience to compensate the Earth’s rotation. That is a great advantage for high resolution observation as it is only necessary to turn a single knob whilst tracking an object across the sky. The EQ3 is a lightweight German equatorial mount that easily bears the weight of the Sky-Watcher 102/1000. The altitude and azimuth fine adjustment knobs make the polar alignment easy while the gears ensure accurate tracking. The heavy duty tripod increases the stability of the telescope and reduces vibration due to wind.
Aligning an equatorial mount is an easy operation that can be completed in a few minutes. Once the tripod is levelled and the mount is orientated south, incline the mount at the same angle of your local latitude. For example, if you are in Sydney (latitude 33° South), adjust the mount inclination to 33° above the horizon using the scale on the EQ3 mount.
The tracking can be performed by the optional dual-axis motors that can be easily connected to the mount. The computerised SynScan system is the ultimate upgrade that allows automatic pointing and tracking of more than 42,000 object in the sky! This option will save time when finding planets and deep sky objects in the vastness of the night sky.
In the Box:
|Optical design||Maksutov Cassegrain|
|Stellar Limit Magnitude||12.5|
|Highest Practical Magnification||254X|
|Light gathering power (compared to the unaided eye)||329|
|Recommended Usage||Viewing Moon and Planets
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