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Balancing aperture with manageability and representing one of the widest apertures in the series, the Sky-Watcher 150mm f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
is powerful while maintaining the portability of the smaller models.
The Maksutov design exchanges the conventional front corrector plate of a
Schmidt with a convex meniscus lens, resulting in a smaller secondary
mirror that limits obstruction and increases contrast, while eliminating
the need for periodic collimation. This modified optical path results
in a slower focal ratio and narrower field of view versus a similar
Schmidt, but the optical benefits, when coupled with the larger aperture
and fully multi-coated optics, make this an ideal scope for making
detailed solar, lunar, and planetary observations, while being able to
resolve deep-sky objects like stars, clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.
scope is outfitted with a large 2" visual back and, to get users
started, Sky-Watcher includes a 28mm long eye relief eyepiece that
produces a moderate 64x magnification and a 90° star diagonal for
viewing with the optical tube assembly (OTA) pointed at or near the
celestial zenith. The OTA is offered here without a mount or tripod for
users who have a reliable support system or want to use it as part of a
dual-OTA setup for star parties or observation/imaging rigs. It is
outfitted with a Vixen-style dovetail plate for use with compatible
mounts. This OTA's compact form factor belies its observation power and
resolution and is ideally suited as a grab-and-go option for quick
observation sessions or heading out to remote locations.