Sky-Watcher Heritage-90P Virtuoso Computerised Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope provides excellent all-round performance for observation of the Moon, Planets and Deep-Sky objects. The new Virtuoso mount, whist providing a stable observing platform, also tracks night-sky objects once located. The telescope can be slewed automatically in both axes, at five different speeds, via the mount's electronic ... More
Sky-Watcher Heritage-90P Virtuoso Computerised Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
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Sky-Watcher Heritage-90P Virtuoso Computerised Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope provides excellent all-round performance for observation of the Moon, Planets and Deep-Sky objects. The new Virtuoso mount, whist providing a stable observing platform, also tracks night-sky objects once located. The telescope can be slewed automatically in both axes, at five different speeds, via the mount's electronic keypad. A great feature of the Virtuoso is the patented Freedom-Find dual-encoder technology which also allows the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without losing its alignment or positional information, giving you enormous convenience and flexibility during observing sessions.
March 2012 - Astronomy is one of the oldest of the Natural Sciences, if not the oldest, and one which can be taken up by practically anyone with very little knowledge or equipment from the outset. It’s a science, in which amateur astronomers can provide results of genuine interest and further the understandings of astronomy at large, and like all hobbies and past-times, it has a start place, and everyone has to start somewhere.
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As well as its superb astronomical functionality, the Virtuoso mount has a lot of other clever features for photography (camera not included).
Camera Cruising: Take photographs automatically with your DSLR at up to 6 pre-set positions. The mount will stop at each predetermined position and automatically trigger the camera’s shutter release. (Canon-D electronic shutter release cable supplied but other Skywatcher cables are readily available).
Video Cruising/Time Lapse Photography: The mount can automatically move your video camera through up to 6 pre-set positions without any pause. Up to 5 speeds can be selected in this mode (see Slewing speeds in specification).
Panoramic/Matrix Photography: The mount can control a DSLR camera to take long exposure panoramas up to 360°.
Furthermore, the Virtuoso mount can be upgraded to GoTo by purchasing a SynScan AZ GoTo handset and cable, allowing 42,900+ night sky objects to be automatically found from its extensive database.
Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x50 and x125
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x180
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 90mm
Parabolic Primary Mirror
Telescope Focal Length: 1250mm (f/13.88)
90 degree Star Diagonal 1.25 inch
Eyepieces Supplied (1.25 inch): 10mm & 25mm
Red Dot Finder
Virtuoso Computerised Multi-Function Mount
DC Servo Motors, Driving Resolution 2.42 arc sec
Payload Capacity 4kg
Astronomical Tracking Speed: Sidereal Rate
Slewing Speeds: 8x, 16x, 64x, 400x, >2000x Max
Speeds in Time Lapse Mode: 1xRotation/24hrs/6hrs/3hrs, 2.5°/sec, 1.2°/sec
Supplied with L-Bracket and Canon-D Electronic Shutter Release Cable
Virtuoso Mount Upgradeable to GoTo with addition of SynScan
AZ GoTo Handset and cable (available separately)
Telescope/Mount attachable to most tripods via 3/8 Inch thread
Power Requirement: 12v DC 1 Amp Power Supply (Tip Positive). Skywatcher Power Tank Recommended or AA Batteries (not supplied)