102/660 - compact travel and cometary telescope
A long time travelling on a long journey, an adventurer in the sky - comets are wanderers from the depths of our solar system and some come to visit us. Look up at the sky and marvel at the astronomical show. The 102/660 not only provides you with a huge field of view but has particularly fast optics.
The 102/660 optics - a compact telescope with light power
The 102mm aperture not only lets you observe the Moon and planets, but lets you get into the realm of the 'deep sky' and see a good number of 'DSOs'. Observe young star clusters, such as the Pleiades, in detail for the first time or take a look at extended galactic nebulae.
With only a 660mm focal length, this telescope has a particularly wide field of view and is an optimal telescope for soaking up wide views of the night sky. And if you are interested in getting a closer view of a particular object, then simply insert a different eyepiece and you can magnify by up to 200X. 102mm of aperture also lets you resolve some planetary atmospheres and you will be able to observe many details on planets - such as the cloud bands on Jupiter.
Comet finder? - yes it can!
Imagine to yourself it's just getting dark, the stars are shining in the sky and right in front of you there is a majestic comet. You point the 102/660 telescope up at it and the coma and a good part of the dust tail unfolds. That is what this telescope is good for - it's a comet finder. It will show you these travellers from other regions of the Solar System. Feel like a real comet researcher - such as Jean-Louis Pons, one of the most famous discoverers of comets.
Throughout the years, the StarNavigator Series has provided space admirers and amateur astronomers computerized GoTo telescope at a great price. The StarNavigator NG (Next Generation) Series takes this to the next level. Featuring an easy to operate, lightweight, and portable robotic mount with Meade’s AudioStar computer controller. This incredible AudioStar technology knows the night sky right out of the box. Turn it on, and after a brief alignment procedure, your telescope is ready to take you on a guided tour of the night skies best objects. With Audiostars 30,000 object database and over 4 hours of audio presentations built-in the electronics, you can learn about the objects you’re viewing. It’s like having a professional astronomer with you at the telescope!
The StarNavigator NG includes a light-weight aluminum frame, advanced electronics, internal clock, external power connector, vixen dovetail receiver and full height adjustable aluminum tripod allowing comfortable viewing from either a seated or standing position. Powered by 8 AA batteries (user-supplied) or external power you will see more objects in a single night than Galileo saw in his lifetime.
The AudioStar handheld control provides a database of 30,000 astronomical objects. Once aligned to the night sky, AudioStar can position the telescope to point to any of these objects and centre them in the eyepiece - of course only if the object is above the horizon. The GoTo functionality is supplemented by additional features, such as guided tours, position display and connection to a PC.
A special feature of the AudioStar controller is its built-in speaker. The built-in Astronomer Inside technology provides over four hours of audio commentary (in English only). The built-in astronomer will relate interesting information about astronomical objects located in the field of view!
Easy Align - the computer control must be aligned with the actual night sky at the beginning of each observing session. Aligning this telescope is particularly simple - after entering the location and the orientation for north, the telescope consecutively slews to two bright stars. These must be simply centred in the eyepiece and the adjustment is complete and the telescope is now aligned.
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