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About this product
SkyWatcher 114/500mm EQ1 Reflector Telescope
See the giant planets such as Jupiter and Saturn and their moons, nebulae and clusters. The Sky-Watcher 114/500 EQ1 Reflector Telescope is a fantastic telescope for the beginning amateur astronomer. It has the benefits of gathering 125% more light than a 76mm telescope and 165% more than a 70mm refractor showing better the main details in nebulae and cluster. With maximum practical magnification of 224x , 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 EQ1 is a lightweight equatorial mount, able to compensate for Earth’s rotation by moving along only one axis. 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 optional tracking motor can be easily attached to the right ascension axis, allowing comfortable observation without the work of manual tracking.
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 EQ1 mount.
Premium Imaging Performance
Sky-Watcher guarantee diffraction limited optics for an 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:
- 114mm Newtonian Parabolic Reflector
- EQ1 Mount with Aluminium Tripod
- 3 Eyepieces: H-12.5mm Huygens, H-20mm Huygens, SR-4mm Symmetric Ramsden
- Finderscope 6×24
- Instruction Manual
|Optical design||Newton Reflector|
|Stellar Limit Magnitude||12.5|
|Highest Practical Magnification||228X|
|Light gathering power (compared to the unaided eye)||265|
|Recommended Usage||Viewing Moon and Planets|
Is great extremely happy
This is a budget telescope, built to a price point, so my expectations match that...however the spotting scope mount is not aligned with the main tube when tightened, making alignment of the spotting scope extremely difficult. The telescope collimation was also ridiculously far out…Having sorted those two issues the scope is fine for my kids to have fun with. If you’re prepared to put a little effort in to straighten things out, this telescope represents acceptable value for money.
Hi Grant, Yup, the finderscope's are never aligned. This has to be the case and is like this with every telescope on the market due to the differences in collimation and safety in transport. On the side of the finderscope there are little black screws, these allow the finderscope to be moved into alignment. I like to use the moon or a distant object to align the finderscope before trying to use it on a star. Hope this helps.
great service and product. looking forward to the next level telescope.