The Sky-Watcher AC 102/500 telescope:
An uncomplicated instrument of very short length for viewing the heavens or for terrestrial observing. With a 102mm objective lens, this telescope allows a glimpse of the vastness of the universe at an affordable price. Its short focal length means it can be called a 'rich field' telescope, which allows great wide angle observing. This refractor is has more resolution than a 70mm, meaning you can see greater detail when planetary observing. The resolution is 1.14 arc-seconds. Experience the Andromeda Galaxy or the Orion Nebula almost three-dimensionally, because the gigantic field of view turns your observing into a space walk.
The Starquest mount is designed for small optics. It is equipped with two powerful clutches and contains precision gears each with a 122-teeth worm gear in both axes for high stability!
To use this mount one axis must be aligned parallel to the Earth's axis. To do this, you only need to know which way is north, and your latitude. A clear view of the Pole star is useful, but not essential. This may sound a bit complicated, but don't worry: a rough alignment is perfectly adequate for visual observing. The big advantage is that you only need to turn one axis to compensate for the rotation of the Earth and thereby hold the celestial object in the eyepiece. In this way orientation by means of a star map is also much easier.
The tracking and also the fine adjustment of the object is carried out using the flexible shafts. For large pans across the sky the clamps on the axes can be loosened by the two very easy to use screws. Then the telescope can move freely.
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We provide extra help:
- We are a leading telescope dealer and know these instruments like the back of our hands.
- We are always very happy to offer our assistance after your purchase, should you encounter any problems with your telescope’s setup or operation.
- Our ‘Telescope Basics’ booklet - an 80-page beginner's guide for our telescopes – is provided free of charge with every telescope we sell.