Sky-Watcher EvoStar 120 EQ3-2
The largest refractor we recommend for the EQ3-2 mount
The 120mm Evostar is at the cross-over point where for a refractor, there is enough aperture for good deep-sky performance, but light enough for mounting ona fairly insubstantial mount. The EQ3-2 can be upgraded to RA tracking or even full GOTO
120mm (4.75") f/1000 REFRACTOR TELESCOPE
Skywatcher supplied product information -
Magnifications (with optics supplied): x40, x100
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x240
Objective Lens Diameter: 120mm
Telescope Focal Length: 1000mm (f/8.33)
Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
Direct SLR Camera Connection
Dual-Fit 1.25"/2" Focuser
1.25"/31.7mm Star Diagonal
Multi-Coated Objective Lens
EQ3-2 Deluxe Equatorial Mount
Built-in Polar Alignment Scope Holder
Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray
38% more Light Gathering than 102mm
The largest refractor we recommend for the EQ3-2 mount. Larger or heavier telescopes require the EQ5 or better. The 120mm Evostar is at the cross-over point where for a refractor, there is enough aperture for good deep-sky performance, but light enough for mounting ona fairly insubstantial mount. The EQ3-2 can be upgraded to RA tracking or even full GOTO. An excellent white light solar refractor by adding some Baader Astrosolar over the front aperture. An affordable instrument for schools to purchase for science project astronomical observing. 120mm is easily enough for visibility of all Messier objects as well as good lunar and planetary detail.
Budget for an A4 sheet of Baader Astrosolar and a weak sky pollution filter such as the Baader Neodymium 1.25 filter. Budget also for a 1.25" Baader polarizing set or a 1.25" Neutral density filter for the moon. It is also worth considering a 6mm eyepiece for the moon and planets.
- Optical Design
- 4.7 inch
- Mount Type
- EQ-3-2 Deluxe
- Focal Length
- 1000 mm
- Focal Ratio
- Optical Coatings
- Multi Coated
- What is more important?
- Image resolution over brightness
- Telescope to navigate for you?
- No, I want to find objects myself