Sky-Watcher Skyhawk 114 Review

Sky-Watcher Skyhawk 1145p Review

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Sky-Watcher Skyhawk 1145p

Sky-Watcher Skyhawk 1145P

Sky-Watcher since 1999, is delivering extremely reliable and high-end telescopes, other astronomical equipment like eyepieces and mounts targeting amateur astronomers. With eleven model series of telescopes, Sky-Watcher has always offered its users very economical yet efficient products.

And the Skyhawk 1145P is one such new entrant in its league of other telescopes, that again delivers on all the promises it makes.

The Sky-Watcher Skyhawk 1145P is an excellent choice not only for serious beginners but also for seasoned astronomers. Equipped with 114mm of light gathering aperture and a super parabolic mirror, this telescope is very good for the observation of the moon, galaxies, nebulae, bright planets, and star clusters.

The telescope comes with an EQ1 Equatorial mount, and when the same is polar aligned, you can easily track objects as they move across the beautiful night sky. You can also capture images in slow motion with its slow-motion control cables.

What Makes the Skyhawk 1145P Stand Out?

What makes the Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P stand out is its parabolic mirror. This particular model features a premium quality parabolic primary mirror, which is generally used in larger and more expensive telescopes.

A parabolic primary mirror is used to eliminate spherical aberrations and thus gives you more sharp and high contrast images, filled with details. Apart from its parabolic primary mirror, the Skyhawk 1145P is also equipped with a 0.5mm ultra-thin secondary mirror, which is very useful in reducing diffraction spikes and light loss.

One of the most important things to look for when you are buying something from Sky-Watcher is that all telescopes from them have deluxe mirror coatings. As most of the reflectors usually have an aluminum coating (as the mirror surface) and above it there is a coat of silicon monoxide or silicon dioxide, to provide more protection.

Protection is essential, because the mirror is mostly open to other elements, and any deterioration in the reflective layer will reduce the resolution of the telescope. Hence the purpose of silicon dioxide or silicon monoxide is to provide the mirror with more protection.

Being cheap it is silicon monoxide that is used to coat the mirror surfaces of various telescopes. But in terms of efficiency silicon dioxide is much better when compared to silicon monoxide and all Sky-Watcher reflectors are always multi-coated with silicon dioxide, for optimum durability and to deliver long term performance.

Sky-Watcher Skyhawk 114 Review

Setup, Installation & Manual

The instruction manual that comes with the scope is very easy to understand and uses very simple language, because of which installing or assembling this whole equipment is very easy.

The scope and the eyepiece work really well together and deliver on all aspects of enhancing your viewing experience.

At times when exactly know what you are looking for in the night sky, viewing anything from the Skyhawk 1145P is as simple as getting outside pointing the telescope at the object and enjoying the view. And with very efficient EQ controls, you can easily keep the object in the field of view.

Before you head out, it is a good practice to leave the telescope outside for at least 30 minutes before a viewing session. This would allow the telescope to cool down concerning the surrounding temperature.

With 500mm focal length, you can easily employ low magnification to get wide fields of view. This focal length is ideal for viewing nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies. When this is combined with its 114mm aperture, you have enough power in your hands to bring these objects to life.

For other lunar and planetary objects, you can efficiently utilize the Barlow lens.

This particular piece of equipment is a recipient of two group test winner awards in the BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

The Skyhawk 1145P has also been awarded by the Best Budget Buy by Robin Scagell, in one of his features The Ten Best Telescopes (Read our selection of best telescopes here), which he wrote for The Independent. Robin Scagell is the Vice President of the Society for Popular Astronomy.

Features:

  • Magnifications: x20, x40, x50, x100 (with optics supplied)
  • Highest practical power: x228
  • The diameter of the primary mirror: 144mm
  • Telescope focal length: 500mm (f/4.4)
  • Eyepieces: 10mm & 25mm
  • Has 2 Barlow lens
  • Parabolic primary mirror
  • 0.5mm ultra-thin secondary mirror supports
  • Red-dot finder
  • EQ1 equatorial mount
  • Aluminum tripod with accessory tray
  • 120% more light gathering than 76mm

Package Includes:

  • The Skyhawk 1145P telescope
  • A red dot finder
  • EQ1 Equatorial mount and its components (legs, adjuster knobs, bits tray, counterweight)
  • 10mm eyepiece
  • 25mm wide angle eyepiece
  • 2x Barlow

Skyhawk 1145P

What Can I See with the Skyhawk 1145P?

Equipped with a 110mm and a 25mm eyepiece, this Skyhawk 1145P is really very good for amateur astronomers. You can enjoy various deep sky objects such as planets, moon and star galaxies very efficiently.

With the SynScan AZ hand control, you can easily direct your telescope at a particular object and even follow an object’s trajectory in the night sky.

Pros:

  • Sturdy tripod
  • Great leveling with the built-in spirit level
  • Compatible with PC, can be used easily with a popular Planetarium Software
  • SynScan TM Database

Cons:

  • Batteries tend to run out quickly
  • Battery operated motor drive not included in the package (have to buy it separately)

Conclusion

The Skyhawk 1145P is of incredible value for money. It is designed to provide you crisp views and is a shorter but more manageable telescope, especially for beginners.
If you are starting night gazing as a hobby but don’t want to spend too much on a heavy or way to the sophisticated telescope, then the Skyhawk 1145P is definitely a must buy for you.

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