A fantastic option for the serious novice, the highly regarded Sky Watcher Skyhawk-1145P Reflector Astronomy Telescope with EQ1 Mount (10709) also draws praise from more experienced astronomers. This telescope is a highly capable all-rounder for the observation of the Moon, bright planets, nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters thanks to its handy 114mm of light gathering aperture and excellent parabolic mirror. Included with the EQ1 equatorial mount, which when polar aligned will make it simple for you to use the slow motion control wires to monitor objects as they move through the night sky.
The premium-quality Parabolic Primary Mirrors used in the Sky Watcher Skyhawk-1145P models, which are typically found in larger, more expensive telescopes, minimise spherical aberrations to produce even sharper, higher-contrast images that are full of detail. A parabolic mirror, or more precisely a "paraboloidal" mirror, is ground to a shape that perfectly focuses all incoming light rays on axis. Additionally, to lessen diffraction spikes and light loss, they have 0.5mm Ultra-Thin secondary mirror supports.
High-quality parabolic primary mirrors are used in the Sky Watcher Skyhawk-1145P to eliminate the spherical aberrations that are present in 'quick' focal-length reflectors with spherical primary mirrors. All the light beams are parabolized by the mirrors to focus on a single point, producing clear, contrasty images that are rich in detail.
The Skyhawk-1145P is a recipient of two BBC Sky at Night Magazine group test winner awards.
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Magnifications (with optics supplied): x20, x40, x50, x100
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x228
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 114mm
Telescope Focal Length: 500mm (f/5)
Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
x2 Barlow Lens
Parabolic primary mirror & secondary mirror with Radiant Aluminium Quartz (RAQ) coating providing up to 94% reflectivity with optimal durability and long term performance
0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports
Red Dot Finder
EQ1 Equatorial Mount
Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray
125% more Light Gathering than 76mm
Net Weight 8.2kg
Boxed Weight 12.5kg
Box Dimensions (LxWxH in mm) 850x390x280
Warranty 1 year