Sky-Watcher Merlin SynScan Table-Top Mount
The Merlin TableTop GOTO mount is another exciting new development from Sky-Watcher.
It is quick and convenient to set-up on a patio or picnic table and ideal for travelling with, due its compact size.
Compact telescope OTA’s up to approximately 4kg can be attached via the standard Sky-Watcher/Vixen dovetail bar fitting. Also spotting scopes can be attached via their tripod adaptor bush and mounted on the supplied L-Bracket.
The SynScan™ AZ hand control allows you point your telescope at a specific object, or even tour the night sky at the touch of a button!! The user-friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to over 42,900+ night sky objects. Even an inexperienced astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observing sessions. Please note the simple Auto-tracking handset with the "Cruise Control" feature, as described in the YouTube video below is not supplied as standard with this mounting.
- SynScan™ Database: Total 42,900+ Objects, including Complete M, NGC, IC & SAO Catalogues
- Alignment Method: Two-star or Brightest star alignment
- Pointing Accuracy Enhancement (PAE) feature
- Unknown Object Indentification feature
- Pointing Accuracy up to 10 arc min
- Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
- Slewing Speeds: 1.0x, 2.0x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x
- Tracking Mode: Dual Axis Tracking
- Quiet Operation
- Motor Type & Resolution: DC Servo Motors. Resolution 0.8923 arc sec or 1,452,425 steps/rev
- PC Compatible: can be used with popular Planetarium Software.
- SynScan Handset Firmware upgradeable via the Internet
- Height 35cm
- Weight 2.9kg
- Power Requirement: 12v DC Power Supply (Tip Positive) or AA Batteries (not supplied). Sky-Watcher 7Ah or 17Ah Power Tank Recommended
"If you're looking for a compact tabletop Go-To mount suitable for a small refractor or Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope weighing less than about 4kg, Sky-Watcher's SynScan hand controller offers the same 42,000+ object database and rich feature set of its larger siblings. Capable of running off internal AA batteries or external 12V power increases its versatility. "Ade Ashford BScAde Ashford has tested and reviewed astronomical equipment in a professional capacity for several publications, including Sky & Telescope, Astronomy Now & BBC Sky At Night Magazine.