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Product no.: 15330

Telescope N 150/750 Explorer 150P EQ3-2

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EQ3 Pro SynScan $ 1,240.00
EQ3-2 $ 517.94
OTA $ 324.00

Product description

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N 150/750 telescope: This versatile Newtonian reflecting telescope provides both beginners and more experienced amateur astronomers plenty of light and high stability for a very modest price. It collects so much light with its generous 150mm diameter that distant DSOs such as the Ring Nebula in Lyra or the Dumbbell Nebula become beautifully visible and globular clusters, such as M13, resolve into a multitude of individual stars at their edges. Planetary observing provides rich detail in images of Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mars. The f5 focal ratio means this reflector falls into the class of 'fast' Newtonian telescopes. This telescope is therefore particularly suitable for astrophotography. The light gathering capacity of the 150 is 460 times greater than that of the naked eye alone (with a 7mm fully dilated pupil).

The advantages in a nutshell:

  • relatively high light gathering power thanks to 150mm aperture
  • resistant to vibration and wind due to compact design
  • diffraction limited parabolic primary mirror
  • high-contrast image due to thin secondary mirror spider vanes
  • portable and quickly assembled
  • exposure times for astrophotography can due to the short focal length

The EQ3-2 mount:

This mount is a further development of the EQ-3 mount designed in white. It provides a stable base for most medium-sized optics and is ideal for exploring the night sky. Once you have aligned the parallactic mount with the Pole Star, you can easily sight on an object, adjust it in the field of view and track it using the flexible slow-motions. Fine adjustment is possible in both right ascension and declination. The polar elevation at the observing site can be set using the fine scale provided and adjusted perfectly by using two screws. Both polar finder and electric motors plus a control can be retrofitted to both axes: the EQ3-2 is suitable not only for visual observing, but also for getting started in astrophotography. With optional add-ons such as the motor kit or GoTo upgrade kit, long exposure astrophotography also becomes possible. With a little practice, you will soon be able to produce successful images of galaxies and nebulae.

Included with the mount:


  • mount with manual adjustment knobs
  • extra brace with eyepiece tray
  • suitable counterweights

It not only matters which telescope you buy but also where you buy it. Our additional services:

  • We are a leading telescope dealer and know the devices we sell. Our customer service team will gladly help you after your purchase if you have problems with assembly or operation.
  • We provide a copy of the 80-page Telescope ABC beginners handbook with every telescope.
  • We also provide an edition of the exciting astronomy magazine, “Sterne und Weltraum” with each telescope.

Our expert comment:

Find more telescopes for astronomy beginners in our comprehensive buying guide. The best telescopes for beginners

Tip: Our buying guide The powerful six-inch range contains a comprehensive overview of 150mm aperture telescopes.

Specifications

Optics


Type
Reflector
Type of build
Newton
Aperture (mm)
150
Focal length (mm)
750
Aperture ratio (f/)
5
Resolving capacity
0,77
Limit value (mag)
12,7
Light gathering capacity
459
Max. useful magnification
300
Tube weight (kg)
5,3
Tube construction
Full tube

Reflector


secondary mirror design
Plan
Main mirror´s construction
parabolic
Ventilation for central mirror
no
Adjustable
yes

Focuser


Type of build
Crayford
Connection ( to eyepiece)
2
Connecting threaded socket (camera-side)
T2
Gear reduction
without

Mount


Type of build
EQ3-2
GoTo control
no
Mounting type
Equatorial
Weight (kg)
13
Load capacity (kg)
5

Tripod


Type
Tripod
Material
Aluminium

Included accessories


Barlow Lens
2x
1.25'' eyepieces
25mm, 10mm
Finder scope
6x30
Eyepiece adaptor
1,25" & 2"
Prism rail
Vixen-Style
Tube clamps
yes
Slow motion cable (piece)
2
Counterweight (piece)
2
Polar finder scope <p>
no

General


Special recommendation
yes
Series
EQ-3

Area of application


Moon & Planets
yes
Nature Observation
no
Nebulae & galaxies
yes
Sun
no (Only with appropriate Sun filter)
Astrophotography
not recommended

Recommended for


Beginners
yes
Advanced
no
Observatories
no

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Skywatcher Telescope N 150/750 Explorer 150P EQ3-2

Jupiter, taken with a Skywatcher N 150/750 Explorer BD NEQ-3 with dual motor control and Philips TouCam 740 pro camera. (c) Karsten Möller, Lauterbach, Hesse, Germany.

Skywatcher Telescope N 150/750 Explorer 150P EQ3-2
Jupiter with its large moons. Taken with a Skywatcher 150/750 NEQ-3 telescope. You can see that the telescope has even imaged the shadow of one of Jupiter's moons (c) Andreas Koch

Skywatcher Telescope N 150/750 Explorer 150P EQ3-2
The famous M13 globular cluster. Even the edge regions can be resolved into individual stars with this telescope. This globular cluster is about 25,000 light years away and has a diameter of 150 light years (c) Andreas Koch with 150/750 NEQ-3 telescope

Skywatcher Telescope N 150/750 Explorer 150P EQ3-2
The Dumbbell Nebula (M27) is a planetary nebula. The dumbbell shape can be visually observed very well with the Skywatcher 150/750 NEQ-3 telescope (c) Andreas Koch

Skywatcher Telescope N 150/750 Explorer 150P EQ3-2
Area of the winter night sky with open cluster region and planetary nebula NGC2438. Taken with a Skywatcher 150/750 NEQ-3 telescope with 2-axis control (c) Andreas Koch

Skywatcher Telescope N 150/750 Explorer 150P EQ3-2
The great Orion Nebula (M42) in the constellation of Orion, an active star-forming region. The nebula appears bluish in a telescope. (c) Andreas Koch

Skywatcher Telescope N 150/750 Explorer 150P EQ3-2
EQ3-2

Customer reviews

Thanks a lot!

Review by Boris91 on 20.02.2019 17:56:23

( 5 / 5 )

Thanks a lot for this rewiev. U help me a lot, because I am new in astronomy and I will def. choose this one.

Good overall beginners telescope

Review by Ben on 09.10.2015 13:17:00

( 5 / 5 )

This is my second purchase as a begginer in astronomy. Had already a smaller refractor before but decided to buy this one as an upgrade. Overall build quality is nice, i have upgraded my reflector with a motor computer kit, which makes thing easier. Skywatcher scopes is quite reliable and when I bought my scope they where just starting the business. The company factory is called Sinta I believe and major US scope manufacturers scope come from the same factory. A laser collimator with a viewing window is a must for this scope. When i bought the scope, I forgot to buy a collimator and had to DIY one . I also bought an eyepices kit in an aluminum case, but i suggest buying eyepieces per piece and taking into account each dimension in conjunction with your barlow, theres no point buying a set which has 10mm then a 5mm if you hav a 2x barlow.

Astroshop is where I always buy things related to optics, they have super fast shipping and very reasonable prices. The best place to buy optics.

I love my skywatcher untill now its still in tip top shape after more or less 7 to 8 years by estimate.

Excellent ...

Review by Damnit on 18.08.2010 23:36:05

( 5 / 5 )

I am a complete and utter novice with a telescope and astrology, despite sitting around looking up at the stars in awe for many years I never took the time to learn anything about them ... till now.

After a little research it turns out that the cheap and cheerful scopes I initially considered in Lidl or on Amazon and the like would not really "do the do", and would probably severely disappoint and basically be a total waste of money ... better to get some good binoculars seems to be the word there.

Anyway ... I struggled with my decision, I wanted to keep the purchase relatively cheap, yet get something that will bring years of service not only to myself but also to my wife and our (currently) two small kids ... I also have the problem that being a photographer, I will at some point want to stick my d-slr on the scope and do some astrophotography ... this all pointed at a much larger scope and mount, something like the 200/1000 on an EQ-5 at minimum, but then that seemed just too much money and too large for my ambitious but still very amateur needs.

In the end I decided to get the 150/750 on and EQ3 mount for several reasons:
- size and weight ... once I received this scope I realised just how large it actually is sat in my living room or out on the bacony/patio ... the 200/1000 must be quite a monster and I am quite happy (for now) that I sacrificed a bit of light for a smaller scope and mount! In this respect I think it will get much more use than the larger scope ever would, as its about the limit of what I would want to lug around the place to view the stars, unless it was for a real special occasion.
- eq mount ... to allow for astrophotography (I will add a motor drive for this once I have more idea what I am doing).
- loading and capacity - looking at the specs, the 100/750 on the EQ3 allows for something like 2kg of extra camera equipment to be loaded on to it, whereas I beleive from memory the 200/1000 only allows for something like 1kg of extra weight to be placed on it (calculated from load capacity of mount less weight of OTA). I would in reality have preferred the 150/750 on an EQ5 mount, but the price went up considerably, so I quickly decided against this.
- price ... speaks for itself, but the difference between these two scopes allows me to get a DEC/RA motor or some more eyepieces with the money I "saved".
- accessories ... the eyepieces and 2x barlow that come with this scope allow for 30x,60x,75x, and 150x magnification out of the box ... which is not a bad range in my amateur opion.

First night on my balcony with this scope and knowing next to nothing, I clearly saw Jupiter's bands and its 4 moons, along with a whole host of beautiful constellations and the odd double star.
Two or three nights in and Venus and Mars were on the tick list, along with a crystal clear Saturn complete with rings (both my young children saw it too and were excitedly drawing it the next day, which is very cool as part of the reason for this scope is to allow them to look at and learn about the skies and have fun doing it).
The planets however were very small (see below regarding more eyepieces), but very, very clear so could easily have been magnified much higher without losing too much detail. We are also lucky that we have very little light pollution here, which I guess helps.

More eyepieces are definitely on the list of "wants" - for now I find myself wanting something like a 5 or 6.3mm that would take me up to around 240x or 300x magnification with the supplied 2x barlow (to get right in on the planets etc), and/or maybe a 3x barlow (the larger eyepieces are much more comfortable to look through than the smaller ones).

Collimation is something you will have to do with this scope ... I had no idea about it, but seem to be getting good results with the laser collimator I purchased along with this from Omegon.

Overall, after just a week or so I am very, very happy with this purchase and would easily recommend the scope to anyone starting out, or I imagine will be great for someone with more experience and needs as its size and performance are great ...
One word of warning though - its not a simple "point and shoot" kind of deal ... you have to get your head around quiet a lot with an eq mount, polar alignment, collimation, etc. So if this kind of setup and maintenance is not your bag, then maybe get yourself a refractor instead of a reflector and an alt-azimuth mount to keep it all that much simpler (you can also spend more on the scope and less on the mount).

RE: Goto mounts - I was wondering whether I might like a goto mount, but didn't order one and have found that a good book (Turn left at Orion) and planisphere brings a lot more satisfaction for orienting yourself, exploring and learning about the skies ... it can always be added but I think I will be ok for now.

Astroshop's service throughout this purchase was excellent, some solid advice during the selection process, they offered an excellent price, the shipping (to Portugal where I live) was fast and efficient, everything was well packaged and delivered very swiftly and cheaply.

In conclusion: I can highly recommend both Astroshop and the Sywatcher Explorer 150/750 on an NEQ3 mount, fantastic price performance, and I will be back to Astroshop for all my future telesope needs I have.

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