A great beginner telescope that offers tracking at a reasonable price. Upgradeable to GOTO and will accept a tripod as well. Great for camping, travel, and video astronomy as well. The 90 mm Maksutov that it comes with is a great for observing the Moon, planets such as Saturn, Mars and Jupiter, clusters of stars, and brighter deep sky objects. It is also equipped with a threaded visual back that with accept a standard T ring to attach a dslr and use at prime focus. Alternatively, you can take the optical tube off and mount it to a standard pan tilt head on a camera tripod and use for wildlife observing!
The Virtuoso Versatile Mount is a powerful tool for photographers and videographers alike. This super steady mount can capture stunning panoramic photos or smooth panning video. You can use Virtuoso with just about any camera or camcorder, from your DSLR to your iPhone. We’ve also included a 90 mm optical tube and two eyepieces for astronomical observing.
Freedom Find (dual-encoder) on each axis allows manual movement without losing alignment or positional information
Track night sky objects automatically once located
Photo & video cruising allows you to record panning video with up to six programmable stopping points
The mount can control a DSLR camera to take long distance panoramas up to 360°.
Video Cruising/Time Lapse Photography
The mount can automatically move your video camera through up to 6 preset positions without any pause. Up to 5 speeds can be selected in this mode.
DSLR interface. Take photographs automatically with your DSLR at up to 6 preset positions. The mount will stop at each predetermined position and automatically trigger the camera’s shutter release.
Solar filter and solar finder included for safe viewing of the Sun
The Virtuoso™ mount can be upgraded to Go-To by purchasing an AZ
Synscan™ handset and cable, allowing 42,900+ night sky objects to be automatically found from its extensive database.
Maksutov-90 mm telescope optical tube
Virtuoso™ Multi-Purpose Mount (Motorized alt-azimuth mount)
5x24 finderscope with finder bracket that converts to a solar finderscope
Full aperture solar filter
Eyepieces: Super 10 and Super 25
1.25” Star Diagonal
Included shutter release cable for Canon Rebel EOS DSLR cameras. Optional cable available for other camera models.
L-Bracket for shooting daytime panoramic images with your DSLR, camcorder & camera. (sold separately) smartphone
Speeds in Time Lapse Mode: 1xRotation/24hrs/6hrs/3hrs, 2.5°/sec, 1.2°/sec
Requires 8 AA batteries (not included)
Can be upgraded to GOTO with the SynScan handcontroller (sold separately)
Can be attached to camera tripod as well, it comes with 3/8 threads in bottom of base!
Mount can hold up to 4.4 lbs or 2KG optical tube, so other compact telescopes can be used on this mount as it has a vixen style saddle. (Such as a 114 Newtonian Reflector with a short focal length or a small refractor).