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Skywatcher Explorer-200P/1000 Télescope EQ-5

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  • Highest Practical Power (Potential): x400
  • Diameter of Primary Mirror: 200mm
  • Telescope Focal Length: 1000mm (f/5)
  • Eyepiece Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
  • Dual-Fit 1.25"/2" Focuser

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 36 Kg
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  • Manufacturer reference: explorer-200p-eq5-10923-20464
  • ASIN: B002OTZZPA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Nov. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,587 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x40, x80, x100, x200 Highest Practical Power (Potential): x400 Diameter of Primary Mirror: 200mm Telescope Focal Length: 1000mm (f/5) Eyepiece Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm x2 Deluxe Barlow Lens 1.25" (with Camera Adaptor) Dual-Fit 1.25"/2" Focuser Parabolic Primary Mirror 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports 9x50 Finderscope Direct SLR Camera Connection EQ5 Deluxe Heavy-Duty Equatorial Mount Built-in Polar Alignment Scope Holder 1.75" Stainless Steel Pipe Tripod with Accessory Tray 77% more Light Gathering than 150mm


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I have had this telescope for about a month now and absolutely love it. There is no go to no motor to drive the telescope but they can be added later when you have more money to spend if you want to.This telescope is highly rated on most forums and for good reason. If you have done your research and I suggest you do as telescopes come in many flavors sizes and types and you really need to know what kind of viewing your going to be doing and what area of astronomy your going to get into. I wanted a good telescope for deep sky object and planets with a good firm mount that could be upgraded if needed and a scope that if I wanted to get into astrophotography would fit the bill within this price range.This telescope ticks all the boxes.

The base mount is smooth and easy to use and well made and sturdy.So if your thinking as I was doing what will I see with this telescope the answer is a great deal but understand you wont ever see stuff like you see from the hubble space telescope no it just wont do that so time to get real. What you will see is for instance Jupiter and its 4 moons and you will be able to make out the gas bands on the planet and its red spot not massive but you will see it. The moon will look incredible and the craters will look wonderful and big. Star clusters like M13 will show the stars deep in the cluster and the ring nebula will show as a dusty smoke ring. Galaxy's will show up as gray ghosts with better detail if viewed from a dark sky area instead of a light polluted area.I dont mind not having go to features its fun to find stuff yourself and this telescope is a joy to use giving great views with the supplied eye pieces.

You can buy better eye pieces and upgrade as you need to but for the price and the quality this telescope is excellent.
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This telescope is great value for the price. The optics are pin sharp and outperform reflectors twice the price, in my experience. The eye pieces are great quality for the price. The focuser is very smooth and easy to use. The finder scope has exceptionally good optics.

The EQ5 mount is very sturdy and smooth. The counter balance shaft took a several attempts to tighten squarely (turning the declination axis around) tightening and untightening the shaft until square.
The only real criticism I have is the polar alinement scope. The scope is out of square with the equatorial mount or visa versa. When centering the polar scope for use, the image you are using to aline moves off center when tuning the right ascension axis in full circles. This makes polar alinement not very accrete. For general observing, this is fine. I find for astrophotography (short or long exposure) you need to revert back to the old ways for accrete polar alinement.
If you are interested in astrophotography a more expensive mount would be well worth investing. Preferably with motors already built in. I bought this telescope direct from the internet. I would of benefitted from testing the mount in the shop.
All in all, a great package for the money.
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I was looking to upgrade from my 130mm reflector and a friend allowed me to "road test" this beauty. The new black and white livery is quite striking but the real shock is the view through the eyepiece. The light gathering power is awesome and views of nebulae and galaxies show far more detail than my smaller 'scope. Saturn clearly shows the rings, bands and 5 or 6 of the moons, Jupiter sports bands, moons and spots with an appreciable disc. The moon displays more detail than you would think possible.
The EQ5 tripod is solid and reliable if a little tall; there is no polar alignment 'scope but that can be added later along with a choice of motor drives or computerised ("Go-To")drive. Set-up is simple and trouble free: the RA and DEC controls are smooth with little unwanted play.
The tube looks good outside and inside the mirrors are of excellent quality: there are no internal reflections. The focusser is superb (being able to take 1.25" and 2" eyepieces). The finder 'scope is a 9 x 50 straight-through type which can be awkward to look through but gives a good magnified view of the target area. The eyepieces are good quality 25mm, 10mm and 2x barlow (all 1.25" fitting) the barlow will take a camera "Tee" for astrophotography. Through the eyepiece the view is stunning with more than 3/4 of the field of view being chrystal clear and only the slightest fringing at the extremes (SkyWatcher make a "Coma Correction lens" which can be added for Astro-photography).
If you're looking for a good quality 'scope for relativley small outlay you'll be hard pressed to find one of this size and quality for the price!
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First of all, this telescope comes in 2 boxes: 1) the EQ5 mount box and 2) the telescope tube box.

The mount is magnificent. If you're not very accustomed to equatorial mounts it shouldn't be a big deal as you'll pick it up as you go. That's said, I'd recommend you look at some youtube videos on how to use and position this kind of mount. The stand is very sturdy and quite flexible.

The scope comes with two basic eyepieces: 10mm and 25mm. Also a 2x barlow, 2" adaptor. the 25mm EP is very good, but I would recommend that you seek an alternative for the 10mm EP. I had to buy a set of Plossls to go with this scope. It's a hardcore scope and deserves good eyepieces. You may want to experiment with the 10mma and 25mm first and see if you're OK with them first. But I have to say more eyepieces with better quality will make a dramatic difference in terms of view clarity and function... whether you're interested in deep space or planetary viewing.

Bear in mind this telescope is not easy to move around as it weighs around 20 Kg - including the stand and mount. The good thing though is that you can easily unscrew the tube from the scope tube and fit it back in.

I owned a 130mm telescope before, and having upgraded to the Skywatcher Exploere 200p...well, major major difference.

Unlike many scopes out there, this one comes with a very good finderscope - up to 50x. It doesn't feel cheap or low value...it just as good as the telescope itself in terms of material and optics quality.

If you want to take the next step in astronomy - this telescope is definitely the one for you. Highly recommended.
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