“International Year of Astronomy Special Edition”
Sky-watcher heritage 76 takes you on a journey through our solar system. It will lead you past the Moon, to the gigantic planet Jupiter with its four large moons. Have a look at Saturn too - its ring system is definitely worth a trip. And after that? Space has even more to offer: discover nebulae located many light-years away, whether it's the Andromeda Galaxy or the Orion Nebula - a stellar nursery. Observing these also takes you into the past. But don't worry, you can return to Earth at any time!
Although the heritage telescope is one of the smaller of its kind, all of the objects mentioned above can be seen. The heritage is a Newtonian reflector with a mirror diameter of 76mm and a 300mm focal length. It gathers 117 times more light than the naked eye alone. Galileo Galilei looked into the night sky with a telescope over 400 years ago. But his telescope was nowhere near as good as this. So there is much more now available to see as 'just' the solar system. You can also now observe and admire so-called deep-sky objects - nebulae and star clusters.
If you are new to astronomy, then the starting observing should be made as easy as possible. The Skywatcher heritage 76/300 is ideal in this respect. The telescope has a Dobsonian mount - an arm and a base that holds the telescope in position. Place the telescope on a table or on a similarly elevated platform and you are ready to go.
Tracking objects when observing with the telescope is very straightforward. It moves easily and smoothly on its bearings, allowing objects to be kept continuously in sight.
Two different eyepieces come with the accessories, giving magnifications of 15X and 30X. The 1.25" focuser is a standard size in amateur astronomy and allows you to choose eyepieces from the huge range available in addition to those that come with the telescope. So an upgrade is possible at any time.
A smaller scope is located on the side of the telescope. This is a 5x24 finder scope which you use to locate the objects you wish to observe in the main telescope assisted by the built-in cross-hairs.
The Skywatcher heritage 76/300 provides you with a powerful telescope which you can use for observing stars, planets and nebulae right away. This telescope does not need to be assembled or aligned. It has already been put together for you, so you can start using the heritage to show you the night sky on the very first evening suitable. The telescope is also very compact, so you can even take it with you on holiday. It is also a beautiful gift for children. It is a completely new experience to not just look at images of astronomical objects but to find them for yourself and to watch them 'live'.
The Sky-Watcher Heritage-76 has been specially designed to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) and the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope. This is not only a highly functional precision optical instrument but also a beautiful collector’s piece, desk or shelf ornament, and ideal gift.
The beautiful, luxurious tube graphics depict a richly historical theme. The images have been specially designed to symbolize Galileo and his conflict with the Catholic church. Galileo Galilei’s public championing of Copernicus’ theory of heliocentrism, which was contrary to the geocentric beliefs at the time, eventually led to him being denounced to the Roman Inquisition. He was subsequently tried, suspected of heresy, forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. Of course Galileo, “The father of modern science” and “The father of modern observational astronomy” was proved right in the end.
The telescope tube is also adorned with the words “Galileo 400” and “International Year of Astronomy” as well as key dates in the lifetime of Galileo.
The telescope comes equipped, as standard, with a 5x magnification Finderscope, for the easy location of night sky objects. Also the two supplied eyepieces have been specially upgraded to higher quality Super Modified Achromatic to increase your viewing pleasure. The telescope accepts standard 1.25” accessories so the magnification range can easily be extended additional 1.25” eyepieces and/or Barlow lens.
The uncomplicated manually operated Dobsonian alt-azimuth mount makes it a convenient, highly portable, grab-and-go system. The complete telescope & mount comes fully assembled straight out of the box.