Combining portability with connectivity, the Sky-Watcher Skymax 102 AZ-GTi 102mm f/13 GoTo Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
gives users an easy-to-use observational platform for viewing the Moon,
planets, and brighter deep-sky objects right out of the box.
compact Maksutov-Cassegrain design is combined with a
limited-diffraction optical system and fully multi-coated lens surfaces.
The Mak design corrects off-axis aberrations like comas and chromatic
aberrations, while the limited-diffraction system prevents light from
being scattered by defects in the mirrors and corrector plate. These
complementary features, plus the anti-reflection coatings, work together
to produce crisp and clear views with true-color rendition and improved
contrast and resolution.
Guiding the optical tube assembly (OTA)
is Sky-Watcher's AZ-GTi GoTo AZ mount. It features an integrated WiFi
module that generates its own local network signal to allow wireless
control via a smartphone running their free SynScan Pro app for Android
and iOS devices. The app is intuitively laid out for easy setup,
navigation, and exploration of the sky—even if you've never looked
through a telescope before. Packed with over 42,900 objects with daytime
and nighttime alignment-assistance procedures, plus advanced features
such as periodic error correction, backlash compensation, tours, and
DSLR camera control, the SynScan app is a powerful yet easy-to-use way
to control the mount.
To give users a complete observation
platform, Sky-Watcher includes a sturdy yet lightweight aluminum tripod
that comes with an extension pier. The pier adds additional height for
easier viewing when the OTA is aimed at or near the zenith. Two
eyepieces, which produce 52x and 130x magnifications, give you a
comfortable range for viewing near- and deep-sky objects, while a 90°
diagonal places your head in a more comfortable and natural viewing