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SkyWatcher 200/1000 (8") Dual Speed Telescope w/ EQ5 Steel Tripod

SKU: SW2001EQ5ST-D

SkyWatcher 200/1000 (8") Dual Speed Telescope w/ EQ5 Steel Tripod
SkyWatcher 200/1000 (8") Dual Speed Telescope w/ EQ5 Steel Tripod
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SkyWatcher 200/1000 (8") Dual Speed Telescope w/ EQ5 Steel Tripod

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Sky-Watcher 200/1000 EQ5 Dual Speed Reflector Telescope with Steel Tripod

With an aperture of 200mm, this telescope permits the exploration of fine planetary details and it reveals hundreds of deep-sky objects such as nebulae, galaxies and clusters. This telescope collects 816x more light than the unaided eye and in good conditions, the resolution can reach 0.60″. This means amazing observations of the rings of Saturn, features on Mars, the tangled atmosphere of Jupiter and the phases of Venus. Globular clusters will reveal thousands of stars and nebulae will show filaments of gas floating in the dark sky. On top of that, the fast f/5 focal ratio is perfect for astrophotography.

Equatorial Mount EQ5

The equatorial mount offers the convenience to compensate for 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 EQ5 is a professional German equatorial mount that easily bears the weight of the Sky-Watcher 200/1000. The altitude and azimuth fine adjustment knobs make the polar alignment easy while the gears ensure accurate tracking. The heavy-duty steel tripod increases the stability of the telescope and reduces vibration due to wind.

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 objects in the sky! This option will save time when finding planets and deep sky objects in the vastness of the night sky.

Premium Imaging Performance

Sky-Watcher guarantees diffraction-limited optics for outstanding quality. The aluminised primary mirror is aspheric (parabolic profile) offering an optical system free from spherical aberration. The secondary mirror is thin to allow fast cooling and it is held by extra thin spider supports for minimal diffraction spike effects on bright stars and increased contrast.

In the Box:

  • 200mm Newton Reflector
  • EQ5 Mount with Aluminium Tripod
  • Fine Tracking Adjustment Knobs
  • 2 Eyepieces Super 10mm (100x) & Super 25mm (40x) – 1.25″ Barrel
  • 9×50 Finderscope
  • Telescope Eyepiece Adapter from 2″ to 1.25″ with T2 Thread
  • Instruction Manual

Click to download the NEQ3 – EQ5 Manual

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05/02/2022
Darryl W.
New Zealand New Zealand

A fantastic instrument that I thoroughly recommend

I bought my SkyWatcher 200/1000 PDS with EQ5 steel tripod in November. Over the years, I have owned several small (60-70 mm) refractors, but having used larger instruments, they inevitably disappointed me, and I wanted something better. Even though I had some knowledge of telescopes, I had previously mainly used refractors. But I knew I wanted a Newtonian reflector, largely because they offered the best aperture for the price. The staff at Jacobs Digital were incredibly helpful and patiently answered my myriads of questions. The SkyWatcher 200/1000 PDS with EQ5 steel tripod was the ideal choice for my requirements and budget. I didn’t want GoTo, because I wanted to enjoy the ‘thrill of the chase’ and find objects for myself. But I didn’t want a Dobsonian, because I wanted the easy tracking that an equatorial mount offered. And I wanted 150 mm aperture minimum, but preferably 200 mm so this was an ideal choice. I spent a little bit more than I had intended to, because I also bought the SkyWatcher Ultra Wide 82° Eyepiece Kit, as well as a collimation eyepiece and a set of lunar filters. But these were great investments. It took a little head-scratching to set up the tripod, but I soon got there after harassing the Jacobs Digital team with a few more questions. Once it was set up, I was blown away by the quality of the instrument. Over the last three months, I have enjoyed breath taking detailed views of the Orion Nebula, Tarantula Nebula, Omega Centauri, the Pleiades, and the Milky Way. Marvelled at the recent lunar eclipse. Gazed at detail on Jupiter and Saturn like I had never looked at them before. And taken some not bad photos using a hand held cell phone. And a few weeks ago, I found Uranus, which I had never seen before. I may have only seen a pale blue disk, but it was Uranus! All up, this is a fantastic instrument that I thoroughly recommend if you are serious about your astronomy and want excellent value for your money. In the name of complete disclosure, I do have some very minor criticisms to offer. Firstly, the eyepieces that come with the package are not ideal. But that is the same with pretty much any telescope you buy, and I strongly advise buying better eyepieces. Secondly, I have had some issues with vibration, and it doesn’t help that the payload is in the upper range of what you would want to put on an EQ5 mount. But the good people at Jacobs Digital offered practical some suggestions that have improved this. Thirdly, regular assembly and disassembly has slightly scratched the anodising on the dovetail. But this is not obvious, and it does not impede performance. And finally, I sometimes end up with some awkward viewing angles. But that is always going to happen when you have a Newtonian reflector on a German-style equatorial mount, so this did not come as any real surprise. But these minor issues aside, this telescope package is close to perfect and is incredible value for money. If you want to take your stargazing to a whole new level, I thoroughly recommend it.

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07/01/2022
Shannon
New Zealand New Zealand

Great views, beautiful movement, sturdy construction, easy to use for this beginner.

This telescope is HUGE but with some practice you get used it. I can set it up in 9 minutes flat, and take it down in the same time, and I'm 5"4 short. I alternate between a wide legged squat to using a step ladder to be able to see through the eyepiece because I like to look in all directions in one session. If you prefer to spend a session in one area of the sky or are a better planner than me than you could avoid the gymnastics. This baby weighs about 34kg altogether (I weighed each part) so once it's up you can't move the legs or adjust the height unless you take it apart first. I bought this as my first ever telescope because "go big or go home", and for someone who had never laid a hand on a telescope I learnt to use this very effectively within a few weeks with some practice and some research (the instructions are a little vague for a beginner). All the parts are sturdy and well made and the black paint with glitter is so pretty. The views are very good even with the included eyepieces, but even better when I upgraded to Plossl eyepieces. My favourite part of the whole design is how smooth and weightless the tube feels when I position it by hand. It just glides and curves so beautifully. Using the azimuth and altiude knobs is also smooth and I can follow planets without any noticeable movement in my view. I cannot see southwards from where I set up my telescope so have not been able to appreciate having the equatorial mount set to my latitude, but look forward to taking advantage of this feature once I find a new viewing spot that can support the weight and width of my beast. It's a big telescope that requires a little more effort to set up and use but the views are awesome; I like to watch what Jupiter's biggest moons are up to as they move in their orbits and change position around the planet. 100% worth the money and the size.

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