The SkyWatcher MAK102EQ2 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope is a fantastic telescope. Extremely portable with a bright 102mm aperture size, you can be sure that this telescope won't disappoint. Perfect for beginner to mid-level astronomer, is a superb telescope at an excellent price point.
Small Sized with Big Quality
Don't be fooled by its small size - the SkyWatcher MAK102EQ2 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope provides excellent views of the night sky. The MAK102EQ2 has been specifically engineered to maximize contrast and image sharpness. With a long 1300mm focal length, it'll also make a great telescope for astrophotography!
It's portable size allows for easy transport to your favourite viewing spots as well.
The MAK102EQ2 is extremely easy to set-up and control. With a standard aluminium tripod and accessory tray for storing eyepieces, you can be sure that setting up is fuss-free. Your viewing experience is enhanced with the Equatorial mount - making star tracking quick and simple.
The MAK102EQ2's equatorial (or EQ) mount is built with a larger head mount for greater stability and tracking precision. Dual setting circles also conveniently allow observers to locate objects by setting R.A and Dec coordinates.
Strong and Sturdy
The heavier EQ mount rests firmly on an adjustable height aluminium tripod with large wall-to-wall accessory tray and central stabilizer. As with the EQ1 mount, the EQ2 can be fitted with an optional single axis motor drive for hands-free tracking.
SkyWatcher MAK102EQ2 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope Features:
|Recommended Usage||Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets|
|User Level||For Beginners|
And it was a really good choice.
I use it like a "grab and go" when the sky is clear. Take off one screw, going outside, put back that screw and that's it.
The observation of the moon is stunning, I can easily spot the white shade around Orion's Nebulaes, noticing the blue colors of the Pleiades,... didn't get the chance to see Jupiter or Saturn yet but still awesome.
The tripod (EQ2) is quite solid, a bit heavy for stability and easy to pack.
The mount is easy to install, the Azimut adjustment are really smooth with slow motion. Altitude adjustment T-bolt is a bit rough. (only cons I can find)
I really recommend it like a first telescope and for it's portability.
Shipping took 10days. A bit longer than expected but the package was intact. (Posted on Jan 17, 2017)
Pros: light, easy to carry, portability, user friendly, portable, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability
Thanking you. (Posted on Sep 02, 2014)
Pros: price, portable, Beautifully crisp image!
This scope excels in lunar and planetary observation as its long focal length allows a lot of magnification. The views of the moon, Jupiter and Saturn are stunning.
That aside, it is also good at resolving deep sky objects and from a dark site or under good urban skies, many objects are clear and that includes globular clusters and brighter galaxies.
I also use this scope for photography, afocally that is holding a camera up to the eyepiece and also connecting a dslr camera to the scope.
The only downside for this scope is that it is small and so the deep sky images can be dark but don't let this stop you from buying this scope. It will keep you more than happyfor a long time.
A great first scope as well as one for someone who wants to downsize for portability. (Posted on Apr 28, 2013)
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