The Skywatcher Explorer-130P DS & AZ4 mount with steel pipe tripod combine to make an excellent portable Grab & Go setup.
The new Skywatcher Explorer-130P DS has the same superb parabolic primary mirror as the Explorer-130P but features a 1.25"/2" Dual-Speed 10:1 ratio focuser for enhanced focus control and a shorter tube length with the secondary mirror positioned closer to the primary mirror for more convenient prime-focus photography.
- Magnification (with eyepiece supplied) x23
- Highest Practical Power (Potential) x260
- Diameter of Primary Mirror 130mm
- Telescope Focal Length 650mm (f/5)
- Eyepiece Supplied 28mm (2"/50.8mm)
- 6x30 Finderscope
- Parabolic Primary Mirror
- 2" (50.8mm) Dual-Speed 10:1 Crayford Focuser
- 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports
- 30% more Light-Gathering than 114mm
The Sky-Watcher AZ4 Alt-Azimuth mount is popular with astronomers and terrestrial observers alike. The design features separate clutches on both the Altitude and Azimuth axes and a panning arm which can be fixed in two separate positions. The movements are smooth and controllable.
"... the AZ4 does feel reassuringly solid. There are easy to grip friction clutches on both axes and there’s a stout, 29cm-long panning handle that may be screwed into one of two ergonomically sited points separated by a 90-degree angle for additional control. A rugged Vixen-style dovetail-mounting block ensures compatibility with a wide range of optical tubes up to around eight inches in diameter. It’s quite feasible to mount a six-inch Newtonian on this rig. For spotting-scope users with a mounting-point on the underside, an L-shaped bracket is also included. Another nice feature is the altitude and azimuth scales marked in one-degree divisions — a nice aid to locating celestial objects if you have a Palm or Pocket-PC planetarium program." Ade Ashford - Astronomy Now, Dec 08
Astronomy telescopes attach directly to the mount via a standard Vixen-type dovetail bar.
Also includes an L-bracket for easy attachment of a spotting scope or camera.
Sturdy 1.75” stainless steel legs for strength and stability.