Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 Virtuoso GTi
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Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 Virtuoso GTi

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“… Saturn presented crisp detail through the 25mm eyepiece – Saturn’s rings were well defined, there was a hint of a northern belt and a good view of Titan.

The 10mm eyepiece revealed the Cassini Division in the rings, along with three more moons (Rhea, Tethys and Dione) and it gave a better view of the belt around the planet.

Jupiter was the next target and the views were gorgeous. The planet’s northern belt was clearly a brownish colour and much wider than the slimmer and fainter southern belt.

It was possible to make out hints of plume features with the 10mm eyepiece, as well as subtle hints of more belts.

All four Galilean moons were visible too. Our Moon was the target for the next test, a week later, and it almost filled the view through the 25mm eyepiece, presenting lots of detail to enjoy.”  

Review by Paul Money for BBC Sky at Night (pdf)

About this product

Model:  skywatcher_10996
Part Number:  10996

This highly portable Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 Virtuoso GTi is controlled wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet, via the free SynScan App for iOS or Android.

High contrast Makustov optics on a compact Virtuoso GTi mount with integral WiFi (creates it’s own Wi-Fi network so can be used anywhere, without reliance on other WiFi or mobile networks). 

After entering your coordinates into the App and following a simple alignment procedure, you are ready to explore the universe using the App’s intuitive touchscreen menu.

The Virtuoso GTi and SynScan App provides full computerised GO-TO control, enabling the telescope to be automatically slewed to any of the 10,000+ celestial objects in the App’s extensive database.

Incorporates Sky-Watcher’s Freedom-Find™ patented Dual-Encoder Technology, which enables the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without it losing positional information. This provides the user freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.          

Designed for convenient use on a tabletop but equipped with a 3/8" standard tripod bush so can also be used with an optional tripod making it a versatile choice. The Sky-Watcher Stainless Steel Tripod is a good choice for use with this telescope. 

Review by Paul Money for BBC Sky at Night (pdf)


Features & specification

  • Magnifications (with optics supplied):  x60 & x150
  • Highest Practical Power (Potential): x254
  • Diameter of Primary Mirror: 127mm
  • Telescope Focal Length: 1500mm (f/11.8)
  • Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
  • Red Dot Finder
  • 90° Star Diagonal (1.25”)
  • VIRTUOSO GTi WiFi Go-To Tabletop Alt-Azimuth Mount (with 3/8" screw thread on base for tripod mounting)
  • Controller: Free SynScan App for iOS and Android mobile device or Synscan Hand Controller (available separately)
  • SynScan App Database: Total 10,000+ Objects. Deep Sky Objects: 10759, including Messier, NGC, IC, Caldwell Catalogues, Named DSOs, Named Stars: 305, Double Stars: 55, Solar system objects: 7 planets, Sun , Moon. (Unlimited objects when working with a 3rd party planetarium software).
  • SynScan App Alignment Method: 1-star Alignment , 3-star Alignment, Brightest Star Alignment, North-Level Alignment
  • SynScan App's Other Features:  Tonight's Best Sky Tour, Point and Go with a mobile device, Identification of Celestial Objects, Remote control over Internet, User defined objects, Pointing Accuracy Enhancement (PAE)
  • Resolution: 1.5 arc-second
  • Resolution of Aux. R.A./Dec. Axis Encoders: 1068 Counts/Rev., approx. 20 arc-minutes
  • Freedom-Find™ Dual-Encoder Technology
  • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar, Alignment-Free Solar Tracking
  • Slewing Speeds: 0.5X, 1.0x, 8.0x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 600x, Max
  • Tracking Mode: Dual Axis Tracking
  • Motor: DC Servo Motor
  • 45mm Sky-Watcher/Vixen type dovetail saddle
  • Interface: SynScan Hand Control Port, DSLR Shutter Release Port (optional cables available separately), Built-in Wi-Fi Module
  • Connectivity:  ASCOM platform for Windows PC, Mobile planetarium App for iOS and Android ( SkySafari Plus/Pro, Luminos, Stellarium, more are coming).
  • Maximum Height of Telescope (OTA pointing vertically): 580mm
  • Base diameter: 330mm
  • Total Weight: 10kg
  • Power Requirement: 8 AA Size Batteries (not supplied) or External Power Supply (DC 7.5~14V, 1A) Tip Positive.
  • A separate portable power pack is recommended.

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Slight problem
31 October 2022  | 

I love this package but getting problems with it moving by approx 6mm up and down when altitude clutch wheel tightened.
When I GOTO a star i can see it dropping out of view, even when i use up and right to finish alignment it still has this annoying slack.
I'm thinking of returning it but i really love it apart from this problem.
I was wondering if other owners have this problem before i return or try to get a replacement mount.
I really want to keep it and if I'm just unlucky with a problem mount it would be 5 stars.


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