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Omegon Pro Newtonian - How to start your astronomy with a real boost
Astrophotography or visual observing? This is not a relevant question for this OTA - it works really well for both. This series thrives on the elements that make an OTA a powerful tool for astronomy.
Enjoy sharply etched lunar craters, planets showing a wealth of detail, and deep sky objects that simply look brighter than through standard telescopes. The Omegon Pro Newtonian does not do things by halves - the workmanship and quality are first rate, ensuring everything works a treat for your exploration of the night sky.
The advantages in a nutshell
- excellently engineered OTA - enjoy your observing for many years to come
- BK-7 main mirror with 94% reflection - brighter images and much more contrast than a standard mirror
- 2" Crayford focuser - smooth focusing so you can easily find the exact point of focus
- great back focus - connect your SLR camera or any other cameral
- easy set-up - the prism system means the OTA will fits onto any mounts using a Synta/Vixen/Skywatcher/Celestron system
High quality metal OTA with excellent processing
The telescope's OTA offers you a sound introduction to a fascinating hobby. No cheap plastic, but metal together with excellent workmanship. This is an important prerequisite in the world of telescopes as it ensures you will continue enjoying your observing for many years to come.
BK7 glass primary mirror
The centrepiece is the main mirror, which is made from BK7 glass. In contrast to 'ordinary' glass, this offers a more stable shape during the cool-down phase, and that means a better image, even if the OTA has not yet completely equalised to the outside temperature.
Enhanced coating - 94% reflection for bright pictures
When you dive into the depths of space, you can see objects with your telescope that would never be visible to the unaided naked eye. What is important here is the aperture and the main mirror - with this telescope boasting 94% reflection. Enjoy extraordinary, high contrast images - letting you make out even the fainter deep sky objects.
2" Crayford focuser for the sharpness you need
The single-speed 2"Crayford focuser lets you easily focus with any eyepiece you want. The ball-bearing design enables feather-light and precise location of the exact point of focus possible.
Astrophotography - suitable for your SLR camera
You can connect your camera to take your own astronomy photos. Telescopes are not always that easy here, but this focuser gives you enough back focus. What does that mean? - you can achieve exact focus for taking the astronomy photos of your dreams even using a large DSLR camera.
Easy assembly - compatible with most mounts
A 33.5 centimetre long Vixen-style prism rail is the base for almost any sensible mount. It is the ultimate standard size for most higher-quality mounts. The great thing is that you can attach your OTA and bring it to perfect balance in just a few seconds.
Thin spider and maximum contrast
Astronomers already know that a 'spider' here has nothing to do with the creepy-crawly which lives in your cellar. The secondary mirror spider holds the secondary mirror in position. The struts in this telescope's spider are only a few millimetres thick. The result is that the contrast is impressive.
Our tip - All around, a high quality OTA for getting started or for upgrading in astronomy.
Your choice - an f/5 or f/6 OTA?
This telescope is available in two versions - with aperture ratios of f/5 or f/6. But what is the difference? Which one should you go for?
The aperture ratio is the ratio of aperture to focal length and affects the telescope's characterisics.
Characteristics of an f/5
- shorter length - the telescope is slightly more compact and is also suitable for smaller mounts
- shorter focal length - means shorter exposure times and a wider field of view for astrophotography
- recommended for ambitious beginners, advanced observers and astrophotographers
- Characteristics of an f/6
- longer focal length - achieves higher magnifications with eyepieces. Ideal for planets and planetary nebulae.
- budget eyepieces can also provide a good image
- the telescope is easier to adjust overall and is more forgiving of slight adjustment errors. This means that you can achieve a good contrast with planets.
- recommendation for beginners or visual observers who want to easily zoom in
The Omegon EQ-500 X Drive is the ideal all-round telescope mount for demanding beginners and advanced amateur astronomers. The affordable mount carries small and medium-sized telescopes for both visual and photographic applications. A simple assembly and uncomplicated controls allow a quick start into the observation night.
Motorized tracking: The Omegon EQ-500 X Drive is a tracking mount and automatically compensates for the Earth's rotation. Making observations very comfortable, as it is not necessary to continuously slew the telescope by hand. For visual use, a quick and rough alignment to the pole is sufficient.
Motors on both axes: You can move the telescope using the four handy direction keys on the handbox without having to turn your gaze away from the eyepiece. Different motor speeds enable you to switch between rapid or high-precision movements across the night sky.
Astrophotography: Tracking is a prerequisite for astrophotography. Long exposures of nebulae or galaxies can only be achieved if the Earth's rotation is compensated completely. The stepper motors with precise microsteps enable this due to their smooth run. In addition, an (not included) pole finder can be used to make tracking even more effective through a precise polar alignment.
Sturdy tripod: The height-adjustable stainless steel tripod is much more stable than common aluminum tripods. The robust spreader plate also serves as secure shelf for seven 1.25" eyepieces and two 2" eyepieces.
Included: 2 counterweights (2.5 kg)
Coming soon: (The following features are still in the test phase and are expected to be available in summer 2019. An update of already purchased mounts is not necessary). GoTo via PC, smartphone or tablet! The mount can be connected directly to a (separately available) StellarMate or ZWO ASAIR via a supplied USB cable. This turns the Omegon EQ-500 X Drive into a WiFi GoTo telescope! Use for example SkySafari on your smartphone to select an object in the night sky and slew automatically towards it with the telescope. Without additonal devices, a direct connection of the mount to a PC is also possible via USB. ASCOM drivers allow the control of the telescope. Autoguiding through ASCOM or INDI - an ST4 interface is not required.