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Model: st120ota-10940Part Number: 10940
The Sky-Watcher Startravel 120 telescope is a tried & trusted two-element, air-spaced achromatic refractor that provides wonderful wide-field views of comets, star fields, star clusters, nebulae, bright galaxies & planets, the Moon and Sun (with proper safety filtering!).
It is also an excellent telescope for daytime terrestrial observing when used with the supplied erecting prism or as a ‘fast’ fixed aperture lense for both astrophotography and terrestrial photography (camera adapters available separately).
As a beginner, I started a few weeks ago with a Sky-Watcher Maksutov 90/1250 on an EQ-1 tripod. Not the best choice perhaps, but it gets things done nevertheless.I also wanted a telescope for deep-sky objects, nebulas and such, for which the small Mak is not too well suited. So, I bought this Sky-Watcher Startravel 120T with 600 mm focal length.Unboxing it already gave me a good first impression. Sturdy metal where you would expect it. A very smooth slider for focusing. The eyepieces are rather basic, but that was to be expected. They get the job done though. I already had a 2x Barlow, it works nicely with this scope. Combined with the 25 mm ocular, you get the Moon exactly filling your FOV. My wife was in awe of the full Moon right away. I held my hand in front of the ocular and let the image project itself onto my hand. That gave her the "warning" that there would be quite some light intensity coming out of that eyepiece (without filter yet, this is one of the details I will have to sort).For now, the 120T sits on my EQ-1, which will not suffice for long. That is why I ordered the Sky-Watcher EQ-5 mount. The Mak can then get its EQ-1 back Next, I will get myself a 3x and perhaps also a 5x Barlow and then see where I go from there. I have an adapter for my Pentax ist dl camera, and a remote control for it, so that exposures can be made. I foresee the wish to buy a USB-eyepiece-camera, but I want to postpone that decision as long as possible.This 120/600 telescope is a very nice instrument for a beginner, and perhaps also for the experienced amateur, but I am not quite there as to be able to judge. The views through it are remarkably satisfying, the stars as sharp as a needle. When I looked at Venus, it was immersed in a blue corona, but I believe that is to be expected for such a bright object, causing chromatic aberration, I guess. My next "ambition" is to find and observe M31 Andromeda tonight, but of course, it will take a bit more than just luck to find it out there! I probably will have to escape the light pollution here and get used to the sky at night, finding my way among the stellar constellations, as it ought to be.
As a binocular guy who loves wide field views, this scopes really hit all the right marks. High quality all metal construction. Sharp optics. Decent coatings and manageable weight at a bargain price. A 12 centimeter lens really is the sweet spot in astronomy. Enough light gathering and resolution for some serious astronomy, while being relatively light and portable. Fast achromats are not the first choice for planetary observation and if you favors that, you should go with the Evostar F8,3 model instead. It's a much longer telescope though and not as comfortable and fun to use as this Grab-n-Go model.The only let down is the diagonal and eyepiece included. I never planned to use those, but this scope really needs a 2" diagonal and a nice 68-82 degree 24-32 mm eyepiece. For this price it's hard to complain to much.I must say i'm impressed by Sky-Watcher and their telescopes. For prices within reach for almost everyone you get high-quality astronomy equipment.Also thank you FLO for your international service and website! A pain free and enjoyable experience!
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