This award-winning telescope is ideal for serious newcomers to astronomy, as it combines both high quality optics with an affordable price. This telescope was Group Test Winner (BBC Sky at Night) and awarded Best Budget Buy by the Independent Newspaper. The SKYHAWK-1145P models feature premium-quality Parabolic Primary Mirrors, normally found in larger more expensive telescopes, to eliminate spherical aberrations, producing even sharper, higher-contrast images which are full of detail. A parabolic, or more accurately a paraboloidal mirror, is ground to a shape which brings all incoming light rays to a perfect focus, on axis. In addition they feature 0.5mm Ultra-Thin secondary mirror supports, to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss. Magnifications (with optics supplied): x20, x40, x50, x100. Highest Practical Power (Potential): x228. Supplied with a high-quality Equatorial Mount.
|The optics were so good ... Captures star clusters and brighter nebulae beautifully .. The planet (Saturn) was jaw-droppingly beautiful, with a host of fine detail visible ... The review instrument certainly delivered in every important respect. BBC Sky At Night Magazine |
| BEST BUDGET BUY |
|THE INDEPENDENT Skyhawk-1145P (The Ten Best Telescopes feature. Chosen by Robin Scagell, Vice President of The Society for Popular Astronomy)|
- Ideal Telescope for the Serious Beginner
- Reflecting Telescope, with 114mm diameter mirror
- Perfect for discovering the Night Sky (and more earthly subjects!)
- Complete Kit - Everything included
Our SkyHawk 1145P Telescope is a 'reflector' telescope (sometimes called a 'reflecting' telescope). Reflector telescopes use a concave mirror to collect the light coming from the object being oberved (eg the moon), and reflect this up to the eyepiece. The most important thing to look for in a telescope is the quality of the lenses and mirrors. Generally speaking, for a reflector telescope, the larger the diameter of the main mirror, the more light can be collected, and hence the greater the quality of the magnified image. Usually, the more you pay, the higher the quality of the magnified image. This is not always the case though among the telescopes we regularly review.The attractive SkyHawk 1145P telescope benefits from Sky Watcher's Aspherical Technology, usually only found in larger, more expensive telescopes. The primary mirror is altered during polishing to bring the light rays onto a common focal plane, resulting in sharp images full of detail. Using this technology, the SkyHawk 1145P telescope can therefore boast about having what is known as a parabolic mirror, rather than inferior spherical mirrors used on (as far as we know) every other telescope in this category. The result is that the SkyHawk 1145PM produces remarkably bright and clear images. Its intuitive manoeuvrability makes it a perfect user-friendly telescope. Setting up the telescope is easy.What we also particularly like about the SkyHawk 1145PM telescope is that it achieves a very good trade-off between quality and price. The magnification of 100x may seem low in comparison to quoted magnifications of other telescopes, however this enables the SkyHawk 1145PM to offer a wide range of view and this is all done with optics that are superior in quality to all other telescopes in this price bracket. The result is that the SkyHawk 1145PM provides particularly clear and bright images that reveal more in the night sky than other telescopes quoting higher magnifications, which commonly suffer from poor-quality, low-detailed and dull images with such a narrow field of view that proper observation is impossible.The SkyHawk 1145P enables amateur astronomists to discover a wealth of hidden secrets in the night sky, without costing the earth! And, we have to admit, the remarkable quality of the images makes this telescope stand out from other telescopes in this price range.
- 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
- 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports
- Red Dot Finder
- EQ1 Equatorial Mount
- Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray
- 125% more Light Gathering than 76mm
Sky Watcher is an American company and a leading manufacturer of high-quality telescopes and other optical products. We are able to supply not just the telescopes in the UK, but all Sky Watcher accesories and spare parts.SKY-WATCHER DELUXE MIRROR COATINGS:
Most reflectors today usually have a coat of aluminium as the mirror surface and then an overcoat of silicon monoxide or silicon dioxide to protect it. Silicon dioxide produces a much more durable coat than silicon monoxide but requires specialized equipment to apply it and is therefore more expensive. Protection is needed, because in most reflectors, the mirror is open to the elements and deterioration of the reflective layer reduces the resolution of the telescope. ALL Sky-Watcher reflectors are Multi-Coated with Silicon Dioxide as standard for Optimum Durability and Long Term Performance.
| I have used a great number of telescopes; some are good, some mediocre and some bad. To me the Sky-Watcher range of instruments are very good indeed, and suited to amateurs of all kinds and they are not priced out of the market! Excellent value. Use them and enjoy them. Sir Patrick Moore CBE FR || |
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