Sky-Watcher Skymax-102 (EQ-2) 102mm (4") f/1300 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope. The Sky-Watcher SKYMAX Maksutov-Cassegrains are the ultimate ‘take-anywhere’ telescopes. They are also ideal if working space is limited. Despite their small dimensions they pack a powerful punch.
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|Optical Design||Maksutov Cassegrain|
|Focal Length||1300 mm|
|Finderscope||Red Dot Finder|
Their High-Resolution, diffraction limited optical systems are multi-coated to maximize contrast and image sharpness. The Skymax Maksutov’ come in apertures of 90mm, 102mm and 127mm, and are available either complete with equatorial mounts and tripods, or as tube assemblies only, which can be mounted onto a standard photographic tripod. Whether your requirement is for terrestrial or astronomical use, these compact scopes are the perfect companion. Tube material: Aluminium.
Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x52 & x130
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x204
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 102mm
Telescope Focal Length: 1300mm (f/12.74)
Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
Red Dot Finder
1.25"/21.7mm Star Diagonal
Focusing by Moving Primary Mirror
EQ2 Equatorial Mount
Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray
28% more Light Gathering than 90mm
EQ2 Equatorial Mount:
The EQ2 Equatorial Mount is suited to both beginners and experienced astronomers. It offers very good stability and the tall, fully adjustable aluminium tripod with large accessory tray is a real plus. This mount features 360º slow-motion tracking gears on both the right ascension and declination axes with flexible controls. Dual metal setting circles allow location of objects by their R.A. and DEC. coordinates. A separate latitude adjustment aids in polar alignment. An optional D.C. Motor Drive can be installed to the R.A. axis for auto-tracking purposes.
With any Cassegrain telescope you will have to consider the affect of dew fall. The cheapest solution is a lens hood but when dew is a real problem then heater straps will effectively evaporate dew and frost.