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Skywatcher 127/1500 EQ3 Maksutov Telescope

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  • Ultimate Portable and Powerful Telescope
  • High Resolution, Diffraction-Limited Optical System
  • Maximum Contrast and Image Sharpness
  • Suitable for Both Astronomical and Terrestrial Use
  • 5 Years Sky-Watcher Limited Warranty

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:

  • 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain
  • EQ3 Mount with Aluminium Tripod
  • 2 Eyepieces Super 10mm (150x) & Super 25mm (60x) – 1.25″ Barrel
  • Red Dot Finderscope
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • Telescope Eyepiece Adapter from 2″ to 1.25″ with T2 Thread
  • Instruction Manual
Model SWMAK127EQ3
Optical design Maksutov Cassegrain
Aperture 127mm
Focal Length 1500mm
Focal Ratio f/11.8
Resolving Power 0.94″
Stellar Limit Magnitude 12.5
Highest Practical Magnification 254X
Light gathering power (compared to the unaided eye) 329
Focuser Diameter 2″
Recommended Usage Viewing Moon and Planets
Deep Sky Observation
 
 

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