Skywatcher 102/500 Land & Sea Refractor Telescope
- Product Info
Check out the Skywatcher SW1025AZ3's Key Features
- Genuine Australian Skywatcher Warranty
- Peace of Mind Purchase Guarantee (bottom of page)
- 500mm Focal Length
- 102mm Aperture
- Multi-coated achromatic objective lens
- Aluminum tube
- Dew cap/Sunshade
- Good resolution of the Moon and planets
- Sturdy but light weight, easy to transport
The highly affordable AZ series from Skywatcher allow you to take your first steps into the world of astronomy. Although similar to other telescopes on the market, the AZ series from Skywatcher are supplied with superior 1.25" eyepieces and accessories (not smaller .96" or hybrid eyepieces) and moreover the eyepieces have been specially selected to give a much more useful and practical range of magnifications.
Skywatcher SW1025AZ3 Series Telescopes
All Sky-Watcher refractors come with muliti-coated objective lens for maximum light transmillion. Refractor telescopes are excellent for Lunar and Planetary viewing as they offer very crisp and sharp images.
This Sky-Watcher 102mm (4") f/5 telescope is a two-element, air-spaced, fully multi-coated objective, achromatic refractor, which can give exciting "rich field" astronomical views.
It can provide excellent vistas of star fields, clusters, nebulae, galaxies, planets, the Moon and (with correct filtering or by projection) the Sun. It is also a fine terrestrial telescope when mounted on an alt-azimuth mount or a photographic tripod. Crisp images at a reasonable price make it an excellent beginner's "first telescope", or a great travelling telescope for a more advanced observer.
Similar to the popular 80mm f/5 refractor, this larger aperture model has more light collecting power at the same focal ratio and accepts 2" diagonals for awesome wide field views, while only a small amount to chromatic aberration and weight. Weighing about 3kg. (6.5lbs.) the optical tube assembly is readily carried and with a compressed length of approximately 50cm (21.7") it is easily transported. Being a refractor, it is quick and easy to set up and the low- maintenance, enclosed optics come fully collimated from the factory. The optical tube assembly comes with "tube-mounting rings". These hinge open to allow easy installation of the optical tube and the locks can be loosened during use to allow tube rotation and balancing.
Mounting the telescope on an alt-azimuth or an equatorial mount is quick and simple with the appropriate mounting plate. This telescope also performs well as a fixed aperture, 510mm lens for both terrestrial and astro photography. The "fast" f/5 focal ratio, combined with today's high speed films, is excellent for capturing lunar and solar eclipses as well as for nature photographs. A solid, equatorial mount and a method of guiding is required for longer exposure astrophotography.
A T-mount thread on the eyepiece holder allows direct attachment of an appropriate T-adapter (readily available through camera shops for a specific SLR) and the optional 60mm (2.5") extension tube gives closer focussing for terrestrial photography.
Skywatcher - The Brand
In late 1999 the Skywatcher brand was born in Canada. Today Skywatcher is recognised as being one of the world's largest telescope suppliers. With a mission statement like the following, it is no wonder they are one of the world's biggest brands for night gazing.
'We believe that beginners’ first scopes should be not only affordable, but also of the highest quality. Looking through a telescope for the first time is a magical moment and we believe in magic! We're called “Sky-Watcher”: our desire is to see the world-wide community of sky watchers grow, until, one day, every person in the world can be a part of our community!
Peace of Mind Purchase Guarantee & Warranty
This product is supplied directly via the Authorised Supplier in Australia and enjoys the FULL benefits of the 'Skywatcher Australian Warranty'. (You may also be entitled to other consumer warranties as provided by the Australian Consumer Guarantee and these entitlements are not limited by this warranty).Should this products fail you have the option of contacting the manufacturer / supplier directly.
We are a FULLY AUTHORISED Australian retailer for Skywatcher Australia.
This product will be shipped from our Sydney Warehouse and direct pickups are welcomed. This product is NOT DROP SHIPPED from overseas.
- Tech Specs
- Optical Design - Achromatic Refractor
- Diameter / Aperture - 102 mm
- Focal length - 500 mm
- Highest Practical Power - 204x
- F/Ratio - F/5
- Finder Scope - Red Dot Finder
- Diagonal - 1.25
- Focuser Diameter - 2
- Eye Piece - 1.25
- Faintest Steller Magnitude - 13.1
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