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Explorer-200P (EQ5) Telescope from Sky Watcher


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Code:  SKYW-008

In Stock
(17/10/2017)
Total: £499.00


Summary More Info. Video Manufacturer Delivery  
The EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) Telescope is the ultimate home telescope! ... Awarded Test Winner by BBC's Sky at Night

Suitable for high-power Lunar and Planetary observations and even galaxy observations, the Explorer-200P is an 8-inch (200mm) reflecting telescope that is powerful enough to reveal many secrets of the night sky. It offers sharp and bright images, enabling you to view objects during the day, and dazzling sky-objects during the night. Our Explorer 200P Reflector Telescope is manufactured by Sky-Watcher, one of the most respected telescope manufacturers - products you can trust, representing great value for money.

"The Explorer-200P passed all our tests with flying colours and was a delight to use both optically and mechanically... The overall stability of the system impressed us...The mount was the most stable in the test with no flexing at all...The quality of its views just pushed it ahead of the Europa, giving us a very enjoyable look at all of our test objects."
BBC Sky At Night Magazine


"(Saturn) The Ringed Planet showed a belt and sharp rings across its pale disc, and we spotted five of its moons. Turning to our own Moon revealed craters crisp with detail ... Using the 25mm eyepiece, the Whirlpool Galaxy had a large disc that seemed to overlap its smaller companion."

  • Powerful reflecting telescope
  • 200mm diameter mirror
  • Perfect for discovering the Night Sky (and more earthly subjects!)
  • Parabolic Primary Mirror
  • Complete Kit - Everything included
Our EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) Telescope is a 'reflector' telescope (sometimes called a 'reflecting' telescope). Reflector telescopes use a concave mirror to collect the light coming from the object being oberved (eg the moon), and reflect this up to the eyepiece. The version we are now selling is he new Black Diamond model shown above (there is also a blue version, as shown in the BBC Sky at Night review on the left).

The most important thing to look for in a telescope is the quality of the lenses and mirrors. Generally speaking, for a reflector telescope, the larger the diameter of the main mirror, the more light can be collected, and hence the greater the quality of the magnified image. Usually, the more you pay, the higher the quality of the magnified image. This is not always the case though among the telescopes we regularly review.

The EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) telescope benefits from Sky Watcher's Aspherical Technology, usually only found in larger, more expensive telescopes. The primary mirror is altered during polishing to bring the light rays onto a common focal plane, resulting in sharp images full of detail. Using this technology, the EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) 76 telescope can therefore boast about having what is known as a parabolic mirror, rather than inferior spherical mirrors used on many other telescopes. The result is that the EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) produces remarkably bright and clear images. Its intuitive manoeuvrability makes it a perfect user-friendly telescope. Setting up the telescope is easy.

What we also particularly like about the EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) telescope is that it achieves a very good trade-off between quality and price. The magnification of 150x may seem low in comparison to quoted magnifications of other telescopes, however this enables the EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) to offer a wide range of view and this is all done with optics that are superior in quality to other telescopes in this price bracket. The result is that the EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) provides particularly clear and bright images that reveal more in the night sky than other telescopes quoting higher magnifications, which commonly suffer from poor-quality, low-detailed and dull images with such a narrow field of view that proper observation is impossible. EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) enables amateur astronomists to discover a wealth of hidden secrets in the night sky, without costing the earth! And, we have to admit, the remarkable quality of the images makes this telescope stand out from other telescopes in this price range.


Technical specification:
  • Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x40, x80, x100, x200
  • Highest Practical Power (Potential): x400
  • Diameter of Primary Mirror: 200mm
  • Telescope Focal Length: 1000mm (f/5)
  • Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
  • x2 Deluxe Barlow Lens 1.25" (with Camera Adaptor)
  • Dual-Fit 1.25"/2" Focuser
  • Parabolic Primary Mirror
  • 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports
  • 9x50 Finderscope
  • Direct SLR Camera Connection
  • EQ5 Deluxe Heavy-Duty Equatorial Mount
  • Built-in Polar Alignment Scope Holder
  • 1.75" Stainless Steel Pipe Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • Weight 24kg
  • 77% more Light Gathering than 150mm
Package includes:
  • EXPLORER-200P (EQ5) Reflecting Telescope
  • 10mm & 25mm Precision Eyepieces
  • Barlow Lens
  • Mount & Stand
  • Instruction Booklet
Ages: 8+



Sky Watcher is an American company and a leading manufacturer of high-quality telescopes and other optical products. We are able to supply not just the telescopes in the UK, but all Sky Watcher accesories and spare parts.

SKY-WATCHER DELUXE MIRROR COATINGS: Most reflectors today usually have a coat of aluminium as the mirror surface and then an overcoat of silicon monoxide or silicon dioxide to protect it. Silicon dioxide produces a much more durable coat than silicon monoxide but requires specialized equipment to apply it and is therefore more expensive. Protection is needed, because in most reflectors, the mirror is open to the elements and deterioration of the reflective layer reduces the resolution of the telescope. ALL Sky-Watcher reflectors are Multi-Coated with Silicon Dioxide as standard for Optimum Durability and Long Term Performance.

I have used a great number of telescopes; some are good, some mediocre and some bad. To me the Sky-Watcher range of instruments are very good indeed, and suited to amateurs of all kinds and they are not priced out of the market! Excellent value. Use them and enjoy them. Sir Patrick Moore CBE FR


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