TK1 Telescope & Astronomy Kit by Thames & Kosmos.
This high quality refactor telescope with coated glass optics and plenty of accessories allows for countless exciting space observations. With it, you can see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter (including its stripes), Saturn, the moons of both Saturn and Jupiter, Uranus and many craters on the Moon. You can also see carious nebula and galaxies including the Hercules nebula, Andromeda galaxy, and a seemingly infinite number of stars.
Beginners and advanced amateur astronomers alike can appreciate the quality optics, durable construction, sturdy aluminum tripod, and comprehensive, easy-to-follow astronomy book – all very well priced and good value.
In the instruction book included, the scope and it’s accessories are explained clearly so that even complete beginners can quickly find the moon, constellations, or planets in the night sky. Terrestrial observations on earth are also possible by using the 1.5x erecting lens.
Click here to check out the YouTube video introducing the TK1 Telescope and Astronomy Kit!
Telescope specifications and what their meanings:
|Design||Refractor||In refractor scopes, light goes through the lens instead of bouncing off a curved mirror (as in reflector scope)|
|Lenses||Tempered glass, Achromatic coated||Tempered glass is hardened and much stronger than normal glass. Achromatic lenses are coated to correct colour distortion that occurs when different wavelengths of light pass through the lens.|
|Focal Length||700 mm||Distance between the lens and the focal point (focal point is where the light rays converge and the image comes into focus)|
|Objective Lens||60 mm||Diameter of the objective lens (also known as the aperture)|
|Focal Ratio||700/60 = 11.7 (f11.7)||Ratio of the focal length to the diameter of the aperture|
|Power||35x, 70x, and 140x||Total magnification power with the eyepieces|
|Mount||Altazimuth mount||Standard up-down-left-right mount (vs equatorial mount which follows the curve of Earth).|
|Tripod||Aluminium tripod||With adjustable legs and accessory storage tray|
|Accessories||1.5x erecting lens||Flips the image for terrestrial spotting scope use|
|2x Barlow lens||Doubles the magnification power|
|10mm and 20mm eyepieces||The eyepieces transmit the light to your eye.|
|Diagonal mirror||Allows for easier viewing angles|
|Dew shield||Protects the lens|
|Finder Scope, 5x 24 mm||Helps you find objects more easily, Magnifies 5 times and the aperture is 24mm|
For a brief overview, check out the video below: