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Skywatcher Equinox-120 PRO ED Apochromatic Refractor OTA

£1,380.00

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PLEASE NOTE: this item is now discontinued by Skywatcher.

The Skywatcher Equinox-120 PRO ED Apochromatic Refractor OTA is an exceptional ED Doublet Apochromatic Refracting Telescope, featuring Schott Glass for the utmost in optical quality. This telescope's body is CNC-milled and features sliding dew shield, dual speed crayford-style focuser with 10:1 reduction and attractive, hard-waring glossy finish. Equally at home delivering beautiful false colour-free planetary and lunar views, but also benefitting from a 120mm/4.75-inch unobstructed, the Skywatcher Equinox-120 PRO ED Apochromatic Refractor is also a useful deep sky instrument and would be an excellent core to an imaging rig.
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The Skywatcher Equinox-120 PRO ED Apochromatic Refractor OTA is the star of the Equinox Series. Its generous aperture makes it an ideal observing instrument for solar system and deep space objects alike – and it really shines on double stars. For astrophotography, the Equinox 120 features an f/7.5 focal ratio – more than speedy enough for today’s sensitive CCDs and digital SLR cameras. Plus, it can be coupled with a common SCT focal reducer to achieve even faster speeds.

Its high-power views are stunning. Consider these comments elicited by the Equinox 120 at a recent star party. Saturn was being viewed at 180x: “This is the view of Saturn that I have been waiting all my life to see” Brian D., an amateur astronomer with 30 years of experience. “Come on, you’ve got a picture in there somewhere” Karen, P., first time ever looking in a telescope.

The Sky at Night Magazine wrote in their review:

"The Equinox uses the same optics as the well-regarded Sky-Watcher Evostar-120ED PRO …The tube is finished in a classy gloss black, trimmed in silver with an extendable dewshield…The bright star Vega showed no false colour...The planet Jupiter had no colour issues either, although it showed red and blue colour at the top and bottom of its disc due to refraction in the atmosphere. This was nothing to do with the telescope’s optics and once we’d removed this atmospheric refraction with a green filter, Jupiter showed an amazing amount of detail given its low altitude. On a night of near-perfect seeing, Vega, almost overhead, showed the Equinox’s optical correction to be essentially perfect. Our views of the Double Double were the best we have ever seen, with clear separation between each close pair. Views of the Alpine Valley on the 20-day-old Moon were also stunning. We couldn’t have asked for more. With the best focuser of the four, a beautiful tube and essentially flawless optics, we found the it’s performance simply stunning, and all for a price that would have been unbelievable only a few years ago."

For experienced observers and novices alike, the Equinox 120 delivers remarkable and memorable views. It has the perfect configuration of aperture, focal length and focal ratio to make it a general-purpose telescope that can be used for everything from widefield viewing to high-power planetary imaging. It may be the only telescope you will ever need, and one of the finest you will ever look through in this aperture class.

Schott Glass Used in Selected Models for Crown Element
Equinox 120 SCHOTT benefit from the inclusion of Schott glass being used for the positive front Crown element in the objective. Schott is the recognized world leader in glass utilized for precision optical lens systems, including medical instrumentation, and famous-brand camera lenses. While Schott glass is only used in selected models, all other models utilize top-quality, Grade-A glass from perhaps less famous but, nonetheless, highly respected, high-quality glass manufacturers.

Metallic High-Transmission Lens Coatings
Each air-to-glass lens surface has exotic anti-reflection metallic coatings applied to ensure optimum light through-put of approaching 99.5%. The proprietary Sky-Watcher “Metallic High-Transmission Coatings” (MHC) are the finest photon anti-rejection coatings in their class.

Standard Features:

D = 120 mm, F = 900, f/7.5.
Razor sharp, colour-free, high contrast optics.
Retractable aluminum dewshield.
Tube rings and dovetail included
Built-in finder scope bracket
Outstanding high-power instrument for lunar and planetary viewing and imaging.
Outstanding low- and medium-power instrument for widefield imaging and viewing.
Aluminum carrying case for safe, easy transportation.
High-Precision Indexed Focuser:
Dual-Speed machined Crayford focuser.
360-degree adjustable for easy framing of objects for photography.
Graduated scale on drawtube for fast and precise focusing with CCD or DSLR cameras.

Whatever your application, we’re sure that Sky-Watcher Equinox refractors will meet and exceed your most demanding performance requirements with their superior mechanics, high portability and razor-sharp colour-free optics.

Specifications:


Highest Practical Power (Potential): x360
Objective Lens Diameter: 120mm
Telescope Focal Length: 900mm (f/7.5)
Supplied without Eyepieces, Finderscope and Star Diagonal
Dual-Speed 11:1 Backlash-Free 2" Crayford Focuser with adjustable focus-tension & 360 Rotatable
2" to 1.25" Eyepiece adaptor (with Brass Compression Rings)
Retractable Dewshield (with aluminium cap)
Multi-Coated Objective Lens (One element FPL-53 Glass)
Supplied with tube rings and Sky-Watcher dovetail mounting plate
Foam-lined Aluminium Carrying/Storage case

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