About this product
Part Number: 10207
An ideal instrument for the wide-field observation of deep-sky objects, such as nebulae, star fields, clusters and galaxies.The Skywatcher SynScan Alt-Azimuth GoTo Mount allows you to easily point your telescope at a specific object, or tour the night sky at the touch of a button!
"A compact and versatile photo-visual refractor equally at home delivering wide-field, deep-sky views or exploring terrestrial vistas"Ade Ashford, www.scopetest.com "We quickly set up and aligned the scope with the help of the instructions....The SynScan Go-To computer efficiently located all the objects we set it to, putting them close to the centre of the wide-field view. The quality of the view was good and the light-grasp of the 4-inch main objective lens gave us good views of all types of object, from galaxies such as M31 to nebulae such as the Dumbell Nebula and star clusters like the Pleiades. Overall, this is a nice package that does the job."BBC Sky At Night Magazine (Nov 2009) Telescope Features
Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x25 & x50
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x204
Objective Lens Diameter: 102mm
Telescope Focal Length: 500mm (f/5)
Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 20mm
x2 Deluxe Barlow Lens (1.25") with camera adaptor
Fully Multi-Coated Objective Lens
45° Erect Image Diagonal (1.25”)
SynScan™ AZ GoTo Computerised Alt-Azimuth HD Go-To Mount
Stainless Steel Tripod with Accessory TrayAZ GOTO Features
SynScan™ Database: Total 42,900+ Objects, including Complete M, NGC, IC & SAO Catalogues
Alignment Method: Two-star or Brightest star alignment
Pointing Accuracy Enhancement (PAE) feature
Unknown Object Indentification feature
Pointing Accuracy up to 10 arc min
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
Slewing Speeds: 1.0x, 2.0x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x
Tracking Mode: Dual Axis Tracking
Motor Type & Resolution: DC Servo Motors. Resolution 0.8923 arc sec or 1,452,425 steps/rev
PC Compatible: can be used with popular Planetarium Software.
SynScan Handset Firmware upgradeable via the Internet
Power Requirement: 12v DC Power Supply (Tip Positive) or AA Batteries (not supplied)
|Average Rating (1 Review): |First Light with the 102 SynScan AZ GOTO
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 | Chris
I purchased this as a "grab and go" lightweight alternative for when my 10" Dobsonian would be too much - I drive a small hatchback and the dob takes over the back seat, so either my son or wife would need to travel in the boot!
My first scope was a Skywatcher 130 Heritage collapsible mini dob (a perfect beginners scope by the way) I’d given it away and immediately regretted doing so, hence the purchase of the Skywatcher 102.
It’s taken me 6 months to begin to learn to star hop, and when sharing my dob with others at high magnification, it doesn’t take long for the target to whizz through the field of view; the auto tracking is a big plus for me.
The scope was double boxed, with all the bits and pieces well protected, the fit and finish is a league above the Heritage mini dob, it feels well made.
Having never owned a refractor before, I was surprised by the size – it is larger than the photos would suggest. The instructions are okay and it did not take long before we had aligned the finder scope. The handset needs a few minutes to set up, latitude, longitude then date and time (in the US format) and you’re away.
The motors are fairly quiet when slewing, not silent, but not obtrusively noisy. The image quality on the moon and Mizar with the supplied eyepieces was good – have yet to use the Barlow; the images though were sharp and detailed. As is often the case, the clouds rolled in before we could look at Albireo and any DSO’s.
I think that the scope is excellent, robust, well made and with good image quality but deducted a star because I thought the menu system from the controller could be a little easier / more user friendly for a newbie like myself – that said an experienced observer would probably whizz thru the settings without a second thought.
The purchase experience from First Light Optics is excellent; order placed on a Monday late afternoon, dispatched by FedEx on Tuesday, in my hands Wednesday - Great customer service!
Chris G September 14th 2011
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