Sky-Watcher 25th Anniversary SkyMax 127 Virtuoso GTi

The Sky-Watcher 25th Anniversary SkyMax 127 Virtuoso GTi is a limited-edition offering housed in a sleek, commemorative design. It offers a premium Sky-Watcher SkyMax reflector telescope that offers crisp, aberration-free views. The 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain design captures in-depth detail of planets, nebulae, galaxies, the rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and Galilean moons, as well as craters and mountain ranges on the Moon.

Sky-Watcher 25th Anniversary SkyMax 127 Virtuoso GTiThe Sky-Watcher team notes, “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are incredibly proud of the contributions we have made to the world of astronomy. We are grateful to our loyal customers who have supported us over the years, and we look forward to continuing to provide you with the best possible telescopes, mounts, and accessories for many years to come. The 25th Anniversary SkyMax 127 Virtuoso GTi is a tabletop telescope that isn’t just a powerful instrument; it’s a collector’s item, a tribute to innovation, and your gateway to celestial wonders.”

The 25th Anniversary Virtuoso GTi mount easily navigates the night sky, automatically slewing to over 10,000 celestial marvels with the free Sky-Watcher SynScan app that also features user-friendly tours and information (42,000+ objects with the optional hand controller). Plus, with Sky-Watcher’s patented Freedom-Find technology, the user can unlock the clutch and adjust the mount manually without losing their alignment. The optical tube features a Vixen-style dovetail which can be attached to most standard astronomy mounts and the base can be attached to a standard photographic tripod for multiple configurations.

The Sky-Watcher 25th Anniversary SkyMax 127 Virtuoso GTi specifications include:

Optical Specifications

– Optical Design: Maksutov-Cassegrain

– Mirror Coating: Sky-Watcher RAQ Coatings

– Reflectivity: 94%

– Mirror Type: Conical

– Glass Type: Borosilicate

– Primary Aperture: mm

– F/Ratio: 12.1

– Focal Length: 1540mm

– Secondary Diameter (minor axis): 39mm

– Secondary Obstruction by Diameter: 31%

– Secondary Obstruction by Area: 9%

– Primary cell support: Center Baffle

– Optical Quality: Diffraction limited (1/4 wave)

– Collimatable Cell: Primary

Mechanical Specifications      

– Focuser Type: Primary

– Focuser Size: 2″

– Focuser: Dual or Single Speed: Single

– Optical Tube length: 15″

– Optical Tube weight (with accessories): 10 pounds

– Type of bearing used: Roller

– Tripod Mount: 3/8 thread block

– Assembled base weight: 11 pounds

– Total Weight (with accessories): 21 pounds

– Shipping Weight: 28 pounds

– Shipping Dimensions Box 1: 23″x17″x16.5″

Electronic Specifications

– Required Power: 12v/AAs (8x)

– Power port diameter: 2.1mm

– Freedom Find: Yes

– Clutch Type: Hand Clutch

– Can clutches be adjusted: Yes

– Built-in Wi-Fi: Yes

– Hand Controller: Optional

– Database: Complete Messier, Caldwell, NGC, IC and SAO catalogs, user defined objects. Total 10,000+ objects


– Eyepieces:28 mm 2″ LET eyepiece

– Finder: 9×50 optical finder

– Mounting: V-style dovetail

Observational Info      

– Dawes Limit: 0.91

– Rayleigh Limit: 1.1

– Limiting Magnitude: 13

– Minimum Magnification: 18x

– Maximum Magnification: 250x

– Magnification with included eyepieces55x (: 28mm)

– Intended use: Visual

You can learn more about the Sky-Watcher 25th Anniversary SkyMax 127 Virtuoso GTi here.

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