Skywatcher TR102AZ3 Refractor Telescope
Strip the cosmos with the Skywatcher TR102AZ3 Refractor Telescope and treasure the intergalactic beauty beyond. You will experience the use of 102mm Lens Diameter and 500mm Focal Length while getting near your favourite celestial object. The Achromatic Refractor Optical System lessens chromatic aberrations and you’ll able to see the skies clearly especially at night. Built with AZ3 Deluxe Alt-Azimuth Mount, you’ll be able to turn and rotate the scope as easy and comfortably to your path. Its two-element, air-spaced, fully multi-coated objective lens provide exciting rich field astronomical views. Not only that you can get a perfect view with the Adjustable Objective-lens Cell, but you can also achieve 62.5% more Light Gathering than 80mm. That’s a great deal in stargazing! Sky-Watcher 102/500 AZ3 Refractor Telescope is very light and transportable thanks to its aluminum tube; you can easily get it into place wherever you please.
Sky-Watcher telescopes are two-element, air-spaced achromatic refractors, that are well proven performers for ‘Rich-Field’ views of comets, star fields, star clusters, nebulae, brighter galaxies & planets, the Moon and the Sun (with proper safety filtering!), as well as giving excellent daytime terrestrial views.
These wide-field, short-tube telescopes are great as fixed aperture lenses for both Astrophotography and terrestrial photography. Their “fast” focal ratios make them useful for capturing lunar and solar eclipses as well as nature photographs.
The intuitive and easy to use AZ3 Alt-Azimuth mount provides excellent stability and precise control, via its slow motion cables, on both the horizontal (azimuth) and vertical (altitude) axes.
- Achromatic Refractor Optical System
- 102mm Lens Diameter
- 500mm Focal Length
- Aluminum tube
- AZ3 Deluxe Alt-Azimuth Mount
- Two-element, Air-spaced, Fully multi-coated objective lens
- 62.5% more Light Gathering than 80mm
- Adjustable Objective-lens Cell
Product Features in Detail
Multi-coated objective lens
All Sky-Watcher refractors come with multi-coated objective lens for maximum light transmission.
Lunar and Planetary viewing
Refractor telescopes are excellent for Lunar and Planetary viewing as they offer very crisp and sharp images.
Two-element, air-spaced, fully multi-coated objective, achromatic refractor
This Sky-Watcher 102mm (4″) f/5 telescope is a two-element, air-spaced, fully multi-coated objective, achromatic refractor, which can give exciting “rich field” astronomical views.
It can provide excellent vistas of star fields, clusters, nebulae, galaxies, planets, the Moon and (with correct filtering or by projection) the Sun. It is also a fine terrestrial telescope when mounted on an alt-azimuth mount or a photographic tripod. Crisp images at a reasonable price make it an excellent beginner’s “first telescope”, or a great travelling telescope for a more advanced observer.
More light collecting power
Similar to the popular 80mm f/5 refractor, this larger aperture model has more light collecting power at the same focal ratio and accepts 2″ diagonals for awesome wide field views, while only a small amount to chromatic aberration and weight. Weighing about 3kg. (6.5lbs.) the optical tube assembly is readily carried and with a compressed length of approximately 50cm (21.7″) it is easily transported. Being a refractor, it is quick and easy to set up and the low- maintenance, enclosed optics come fully collimated from the factory. The optical tube assembly comes with “tube-mounting rings”. These hinge open to allow easy installation of the optical tube and the locks can be loosened during use to allow tube rotation and balancing.
Mounting the telescope on an alt-azimuth or an equatorial mount is quick and simple with the appropriate mounting plate. This telescope also performs well as a fixed aperture, 510mm lens for both terrestrial and astro photography. The “fast” f/5 focal ratio, combined with today’s high speed films, is excellent for capturing lunar and solar eclipses as well as for nature photographs. A solid, equatorial mount and a method of guiding is required for longer exposure astrophotography.
A T-mount thread on the eyepiece holder allows direct attachment of an appropriate T-adapter (available at an additional cost for specific SLR mounts eg Canon, Nikon, Olympus camera bodies etc. – please enquire) and the optional 60mm (2.5″) extension tube gives closer focussing for terrestrial photography.
Included in the Box
- Sky-Watcher 102/500 AZ3 Refractor Telescope
- AZ3 Tripod
- Red Dot Finder Scope
- Accessories Tray
|Optical Design||Achromatic Refractor|
|Diameter / Aperture||102 mm|
|Focal length||500 mm|
|Highest Practical Power||204x|
|Finder Scope||Red Dot Finder|
|Shipping Weight||12 kg|
|Faintest Steller Magnitude||13.1|
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