The Skywatcher Explorer 150P, 150PL & 200P Astronomical reflecting telescopes have today been lowered in price. The successful range from Skywatcher now represents even better value for money. The new pricing means that larger aperture scopes are even more accessible for people starting off in astronomy.
Skywatcher are just added another new product to the range of already bulging accessory list. The Skywatcher Lunar / Planetary filter set is the latest addition allowing you to get the best possible view from your telescope. Supplied in 31.7mm fitting the filters simply screw onto the rear of most eyepiece on the market and will improve on contrast and details on the major planets. The colours included and what they give you are as detailed below :
P01 Green Filter(24% transmission): Use on telescopes 8″ aperture and larger to reject blue- and red-toned structures on the surface of Jupiter and thereby increase their contrast relative to lighter parts of the disc. Also use for the enhancement of Saturn’s cloud belts and polar regions. Strongly increases contrast of Mars’ polar ice caps, and increases contrast of atmospheric phenomena on Venus. #12 Yellow (74% transmission): Contrasts strongly with blue-colored features on Jupiter and Saturn, while enhancing red and orange features. Lightens red-orange features on Mars, while reducing or blocking the transmission, and thereby increasing the contrast, of blue-green areas. Useful in increasing the contrast of lunar features in telescopes 6″ aperture and larger.
#25A Red (14% transmission): The #25A filter strongly blocks the transmission of blue and blue-green wavelengths, resulting in very sharply defined contrast between, for example, blue-tinted cloud formations on Jupiter and the lighter-toned features of the disc. Also useful for the delineation of the Martian polar ice caps and maria.
ND 96 Moon Filter(0.9 density; 13% transmission): The neutral density filter transmits light uniformly across the entire visual spectrum. It serves as an excellent filter to reduce glare and irradiation when observing the Moon with any telescope 4″ and larger. The ND96 filter may also be employed in the splitting of close double stars where one of the binary pair significantly exceeds the other in brightness.
The exciting new Sky-Watcher SynScan™ Alt-Azimuth GoTo Mount is a precision engineered instrument that will allow you to easily find and enjoy viewing night sky treasures, such as Planets, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Galaxies and much more. The SynScan™ AZ hand control allows you point your telescope at a specific object, or even tour the night sky at the touch of a button!! The user-friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to over 42,900+ objects. Even an inexperienced astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observing sessions.
Combined with telescope OTA’s of proven high quality, these Superb Packages are all you need to Explore the Universe to your Heart’s Content!!
SynScan™ Database: Total 42,900+ Objects, including Complete M, NGC, IC & SAO Catalogues
Alignment Method: Two-star or Brightest star alignment
With immediate effect the standard Skywatcher HEQ5 mounting has been replaced by the Skywatcher HEQ5 Syntrek Mount, The new Skywatcher HEQ5 SynTrek is effectively a hybrid of the standard Skywatcher HEQ5 and the Skywatcher HEQ5 PRO SynScan. It is basically a standard Skywatcher EQ6 but with a pre-installed PRO SynScan motherboard and stepper motors, and supplied with its own unique SynTrek hand-controller.
The SynTrek hand control is designed for the purpose of providing a simple slewing and tracking control. The small and versatile SynTrek hand control provides automatic tracking of celestial objects as soon as the power is turned on. The user-friendly interface provides quick access to many other functions the SynTrek has to offer.
The Skywatcher HEQ5 and EQ6 SynTrek mounts can be upgraded to computerized SynScan system by simply changing the hand control to SynScan hand control (prod.code 948) and handset lead. See HEQ5 and EQ6 Pro mounts for specifications for the mounts and details on the SynScan hand control.
SynTrek Hand Control
Power supply: 11 to 15V DC 2Amp
Motor type and resolution: Microstep driven 1.8 stepper motors. Resolution: 0.144 arc sec (or 9,024,000 steps/rev.)