The recent solar eclipse event over North America seemed to certainly inspire a lot of renewed interest in sky-watching, astronomy, and checking out the vast heavens with telescopes. Luckily for those who’ve now re-discovered, or newly discovered the joy of astronomy, Best Buy is now offering the incomparable Sky-Watcher line of telescopes.
For those unfamiliar with the brand, Sky-Watcher is a world-class telescope company offering a wide range of high-quality telescopes and accessories, catering to users of all ages, abilities, and interests –ranging from the novice to the serious astronomer. Sky-Watcher integrates modern optical technology with precision mechanical engineering to offer consumers superior scopes that are versatile and designed for optimum performance. Below you’ll find some details of what type of Sky-Watcher telescopes are available right now at Best Buy.
Sky-Watcher 102mm x 500mm Achromatic Refractor Telescope
The Sky-Watcher 102mm x 500mm Achromatic Refractor Telescope is an ideal beginner telescope, as it requires little maintenance, and is really designed to be simple to use. It features GoTo computerized software, a user-friendly menu system, and an easy-to-use Alt-Azimuth mount, meaning practically anyone can set it up and be watching the night sky right away. It offers up to 204x magnification and a 500mm focal length, so you are always getting a great view, and the computer software has some 42,900 objects preprogramed in, so no fiddling about to find a heavenly body upon which to gaze. The included 2x Deluxe Barlow lens (1.25″) and 10mm and 20mm eye pieces also give you 20-, 50-, and 100-times the magnification.
Sky-Watcher 120mm x 600mm Achromatic Refractor Telescope
The Sky-Watcher 120mm x 600mm Achromatic Refractor Telescope, like the previous scope, is ideal for amateurs or beginners of all ages, because it offers a simple and easy-to-use design that needs little maintenance. It features a 600mm focal length and a 120mm aperture, you can see incredible details of things like the Moon’s crater or the polar caps of Mars. This scope is also very portable, and is packed with a lot of features, such as the included 1.25″ 10mm and 25mm eyepieces, and up to 240x magnification and a 120mm aperture.
Sky-Watcher 102mm x 1300mm Maksutov-Cassegrains Telescope
The Sky-Watcher 102mm x 1300mm Maksutov-Cassegrains Telescope with AZ SynScan Mount is a highly portable telescope, featuring a 1300mm focal length and a 102mm aperture for detailed observation of both celestial and terrestrial objects. This is also an infinitely portable telescope that weighs only 8kg – including the tripod! This telescope also offers up to 204x magnification and a 102mm aperture, plus a user-friendly menu system and GoTo computerized software allow automatic slewing to over 42,900 objects. It comes with 1.25″ 10mm and 25mm eyepieces, and includes magnifications (with optics supplied) for an increase in viewing power of 52x, 104x, 130x, and 260x for an incredible up-close viewing experience of the heavens.
If you’re having trouble trying to figure out which of these beautiful telescopes is best for your own needs and budget, take a look at my Five Tips for Buying Your First Telescope article for some handy insights into what you’ll want to be looking at.