SkyWatcher 709AZ3 Refractor Telescope
The Skywatcher 709 AZ is an Achromatic Refractor that uses a 2-element fully multi-coated Lens. With 70mm aperture, this telescope has significant 36% more light gathering capacity than 60mm telescope, provides enough light to bring you clear, crisp images of the popular celestial bodies and brighter deep space objects.
With maximum practical magnification of 140x, this Sky-watcher Telescope is able to show you the details on the large planets such as Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. The cratered landscape of the moon is also worth to observe under different lighting conditions and different moon phases.
The Refractor Advantage
Since a refractor does not use mirrors to view objects, you get a generally brighter image and a correct, right side up image is displayed. This makes it usable for viewing terrestrial objects.
Strong and Sturdy Construction
Premium materials and expert craftsmanship go into each and every Skywatcher Refractor Telescope. The bundled EQ1 mount is designed to provide a stable, vibration resistant platform for stargazing. It enables precise control over the telescope’s slewing and tracking.
*Notes: The image through all finder scopes will be upside down.
In the Box:
|Recommended Usage||Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets|
|User Level||For Beginners|
Pros: light weight, user friendly, Good price, great first telescope, accurate
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability, user friendly, Good price, Beautifully crisp image!
Pros: Decent glass, great first telescope
The finish to the telescope is really nice and the assembly was easy and smooth. The AZ3 mount is solid and the slow motion controls work well. The tri-pod is not flimsy at all. The standard issue eyepieces seem to work well enough and the 5x24 finderscope and 3 x barlow lense compliment the package.
Ozscopes have also been very helpful - assisting me with changing my order, and following up afterwards. The telescope arrived quickly and in good condition. All the pieces were in the box.
I have only one issue - the coarse altitude movement on the mount is more difficult to adjust than I would have liked, so I definitely recommend the first time buyer go to a few stores and check some mounts out in the flesh before purchasing anything.
For the money, this is not just a good starter telescope, it is a good telescope. It looks great, feels great, is light enough to move easily and hopefully it will encourage me to buy a bigger one one day!
As I now know they say - clear skies..
(Posted on Nov 05, 2012)
Your Skywatcher® product is warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for FIVE year after the date of purchase. In the event of a defect under this warranty, we will, at our option, repair or replace the product, provided that you return the product with proof of the receipt.
This warranty does not cover damages caused by misuse, improper handling, installation, collimation or maintenance provided by someone other than a Skywatcher Authorized Service Department.
For Skywatcher Products purchased elsewhere, will NOT qualify for manufacturers warranty from us, it must be returned to the place of purchase to resolve any issues.