Explore Scientific FirstLight 130mm f/4.6 Newtonian Telescope with iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight Equatorial Tracker System
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Explore Scientific FirstLight 130mm f/4.6 Newtonian Telescope with iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight Equatorial Tracker System - FL-N130600-IEXOS
Introducing the Explore Scientific FirstLight 130mm f/4.6 Newtonian Telescope with iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight Equatorial Tracker System
Whether you’re aiming to explore the intricate details of our solar system or uncover the captivating treasures of the deep sky, the versatile FirstLight telescope series offers an observing package tailored to your individual needs.
Each combination in this new line includes the essential components: a telescope, an eyepiece, and a red dot viewfinder.
Telescope options span from achromatic refractors (ranging from 70mm to 152mm in aperture), Maksutov-Cassegrains (ranging from 100mm to 152mm), to Newtonian reflectors (starting at 114mm and reaching an impressive 203mm aperture).
Mount options vary, from a simple fork-mounted alt-azimuth choice to a comprehensive GOTO tracking system.
As an added bonus, each package includes an adapter allowing you to effortlessly use your smartphone for capturing and sharing the beauty seen through your eyepiece.
With FirstLight, your only requirement is a desire to discover.
The FirstLight N130mm White Tube Newtonian telescope features a 600mm focal length at f/4.6 and includes a 40mm draw tube focuser, Plossl 25mm eyepiece, Red-dot Finder, and Smartphone Camera adapter.
Explore the universe with this versatile telescope, designed to ignite your passion for celestial exploration.
iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight Equatorial Tracker System
Introducing the iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight Equatorial Tracker System, a comprehensive and computerized GOTO Equatorial Tracker featuring integrated PMC-Eight electronics.
This versatile system is designed for attaching small telescopes or DSLR cameras with a standard "Vixen Style" Dovetail Plate. Connect seamlessly via WiFi or wired setup and explore the night sky with ease.
The iEXOS-100 is compatible with the ExploreStars App for Tablets (Windows, Android, Amazon, and Apple) or the free ASCOM Standards Compliant PMC-Eight ASCOM driver and ASCOM POTH Client from Explore Scientific.
This compatibility ensures that you can use it with virtually any sky software that supports ASCOM.
Please note that a tablet or computer is required for operation and must be purchased separately.
This system combines a proven German equatorial mount design with Explore Scientific's groundbreaking PMC-Eight Precision Motion Control system, delivering exceptional tracking and imaging performance without breaking the bank.
GOTO systems are essential for amateur astronomers, reducing the time spent searching for celestial objects and allowing more time for observation and imaging.
The PMC-Eight, with its versatile connections and free downloadable apps for Windows, Android, and iOS, or the ASCOM PMC-Eight driver and POTH Client, enables telescope control from nearby or via remote computer-to-computer communication worldwide.
A highlight of the iEXOS-100 is its German equatorial design, renowned for precise tracking of objects from their rise in the east to their set in the west, making it a valuable tool for both observers and astrophotographers.
Finding celestial objects can be challenging in the vast night sky, especially in light-polluted urban areas. The iEXOS-100 simplifies navigation with its powerful GOTO system.
Explore Scientific's PMC-Eight system stands out by employing an 8-core microcontroller with independently functioning CPUs, resulting in enhanced responsiveness, efficiency, reliability, and rapid timing intervals for smooth image acquisition and precise tracking.
Despite its internal complexity, the GOTO system is user-friendly, thanks to the ExploreStars app, available for Apple, Android, and Windows tablets.
This intuitive app streamlines telescope alignment, star navigation, and provides information on thousands of celestial objects, continuously updated to remain current.
Our commitment to user-friendly design extends to features such as smooth locking clutches for effortless repositioning, an altitude knob for precise height adjustments, a polar alignment tunnel, and a bubble level for stability during setup.
The mount also accommodates a battery pack (requires 8 C batteries, not included), two 1 kg counterweights for balancing, and glow-in-the-dark markers for nighttime orientation.
With a capacity to support up to 19 lbs. (scope, accessories, and counterweights combined), this mount is a robust and versatile astronomical tool.
The mount itself weighs 9.45 pounds (4.29 kg), while the tripod and accessory tray add an additional 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg). When collapsed, the tripod stands at 27.25 inches (69.21 cm) in height.
- 130mm Aperture: The telescope's substantial 130mm aperture allows for impressive light-gathering capability, making it ideal for observing a wide range of celestial objects. It captures more detail in deep-sky objects and provides clear views of lunar and planetary features.
- 250x Highest Useful Magnification: With a highest useful magnification of 250x, this telescope offers exceptional versatility for exploring celestial targets. Whether you're observing the moon's surface, planets, or deep-sky objects, this telescope provides the magnification needed for detailed observations.
- 600mm Focal Length: The telescope boasts a 600mm focal length, allowing for a balance between wide-field views and high-resolution images. This versatile focal length is well-suited for both beginners and intermediate astronomers, accommodating a variety of celestial observations.
- Fast Focal Ratio (f/4.6): The telescope features a fast focal ratio of f/4.6, which is advantageous for astrophotography. This shortens exposure times when capturing deep-sky objects, making it easier to obtain stunning images of nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters.
- 25mm Plössl Eyepiece: The package includes a 25mm Plössl eyepiece, enhancing your viewing experience with comfortable magnification and providing a broader field of view for celestial observations.
- Red Dot Viewfinder: The red dot viewfinder simplifies the process of locating celestial objects in the night sky. It projects a red dot onto the sky, enabling users to quickly align their telescope with their desired target with precision.
- Smart Device Adapter: An included adapter allows observers to connect their smartphones to the telescope. This feature enables the capture and sharing of breathtaking images of celestial objects and observations. It adds a modern and interactive element to your stargazing experience.
iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight Equatorial Tracker System Features:
- Incorporated PMC-Eight™ System: The iEXOS-100 is equipped with an integrated Explore Scientific PMC-Eight™ system that surpasses the industry norm of a single processor. It leverages eight independent CPUs, each dedicated to specific functions. This results in exceptional responsiveness, efficiency, reliability, and impressively swift timing intervals, facilitating precise image capture and accurate tracking.
- Clutched Dual-Axis Worm Gears: Featuring clutched dual-axis worm gears and the hushed precision of stepper motor belt drives, the iEXOS-100 ensures seamless and precise movement. This capability enables exact tracking of celestial objects with ease and accuracy.
- Intuitive ExploreStars App: Compatible with the user-friendly ExploreStars app, accessible on Apple, Android, and Windows tablets, the system simplifies the operation of the GOTO system. Users can effortlessly align their telescope, navigate the night sky, and access comprehensive information about thousands of celestial objects, creating an enjoyable and educational stargazing experience.
- Silky Clutched RA and Declination Axes: The iEXOS-100 boasts smooth clutched RA (Right Ascension) and Declination axes. This seamless operation facilitates precise telescope balancing, enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of repositioning.
- Polar Alignment Sight Hole: The mount includes a polar alignment sight hole aligned with the RA axis, streamlining the polar alignment process. It offers precise altitude control, enabling swift and accurate alignment without requiring a polar scope, thereby elevating the user's overall experience.
- Battery Pack: Powering the PMC-Eight™ system is a battery pack designed to hold 8 C batteries (batteries not included). The battery pack securely attaches to a bracket on one of the tripod legs during use, ensuring a dependable and convenient power source for your tracking system.
- Counterweights: The package includes two 1 kg counterweights, facilitating precise balance adjustments to accommodate various telescopes and accessories.
- Glow-in-the-Dark Markings: Both the mount and tripod feature glow-in-the-dark markings, aiding users in maintaining orientation and navigating their setup, especially in low-light conditions, thereby enhancing the system's overall usability.
✓ Explore FirstLight 130mm f/4.6 Newtonian Telescope
✓ iEXOS-100 Go-To tracker mount
✓ Plossl 25mm eyepiece
✓ Red-dot Viewfinder
✓ Smartphone camera adapter
✓ 2 Counterweight
✓ Battery pack w/ bracket
✓ Limited 1 year warranty
- Optic Precision
- Impressive Magnification
- Lightweight Design
- Accurate Observing
- Celestial Guide
- Sun Enhancer
- Elevated Perspective
- Enhanced Observing
- Celestial Targeting
- Digital Integration
- Total Kit
Explore Scientific iEXOS 100 Unboxing
PMC-Eight Technology: Sharing the Vision
|Comes With||Smartphone Adapter, One 25 mm Plössl Eyepiece, Red Dot Viewfinder, Downloadable Software|
|Lens Coatings||Aluminum with Quartz Overcoat|
|Adapter||40mm draw tube focuser|
|Mount head weight||9.45 lbs|
|Tripod weight||5.35 lbs|
|Tripod fully collapsed, no mount head||25.5”|
|Tripod open, retracted legs, no mount head||25”|
|Tripod open, retracted legs with the mount head||38.5” at highest point, 36” to the center of the mounting bracket|
|Tripod open, legs fully extended, no mount head||42”|
|Tripod open, legs fully extended with the mount head||45” at highest point|
|Counterweights||1 kg each|
|Mount weight capacity||Approx. 9 lbs. (equipment weight only),15 lbs. Photographic (equipment and counterweights); Approx. 19 lbs. Visual (equipment and counterweights)|
- iEXOS-100 2.2 Pound Counterweight
- Explore Scientific DSLR Camera Dovetail Assembly
- Azimuth Adjuster Adapter
- Medium-Duty Field Tripod
- Heavy-Duty Field Tripod
- USB Power Bank