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Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope
Reflector with GoTo function. Aperture: 130 mm. Focal length: 650 mm.
The Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope is a reflector on an azimuth mount with GoTo function. This large aperture (f/5) telescope is not only suitable for astronomical observations, but also for astrophotography. Lunar craters with a diameter of just 4.5 miles, the rings of Saturn, the seasons change on Mars, and the distant nebulae and galaxies: ... more
The Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope is a reflector on an azimuth mount with GoTo function. This large aperture (f/5) telescope is not only suitable for astronomical observations, but also for astrophotography. Lunar craters with a diameter of just 4.5 miles, the rings of Saturn, the seasons change on Mars, and the distant nebulae and galaxies: can all be observed in detail through this telescope. You can also watch the most striking objects from the Messier and NGC catalogues, asteroids, comets, and more.
Maximum useful magnification in the telescope is 260x with the resolution of 1.1". Such a combination ensures the highest HD picture quality with magnification, suitable for most astronomical observations.
Two achromatic eyepieces SUPER 10 and SUPER 25 with a 31.75-millimeter (1.25-inch) diameter are included in the package and serve as powerful image correction tools. The optics used in the eyepiece are glass with a special coating. Field of view is 50-52 degrees.
The telescope comes with an azimuth AZ 114 GT SynScan computer-guided mount. Thanks to the GoTo function, the telescope is capable of capturing any astronomical object with its coordinates stored in the microprocessor memory with incredible accuracy. This computer system will provide automatic guidance to more than 42,900 celestial objects. SkyMatic GoTo mounts are compatible with an external 12V battery pack.
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope is a true godsend for inexperienced stargazers: the computer-controlled mounting system will point the instrument at one of the 42,900 celestial objects stored in its database. In the Levenhuk telescope online shop you can find the richest choice of telescopes designed for a variety of purposes, different age groups, and experience levels. Find your model and stargaze with us!
Please note that the Levenhuk SkyMatic user manual is also available in Spanish.
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA - Editors' Choice for Best of Both Worlds (Blend of Digital/Analog Approach) at
You can find a review on Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope here.
Read a useful article "How to choose a telescope" here.
Find some interesting information on what you can see with a telescope here.
Here you can find a list of celestial objects you can see with this telescope.
Astrophotography test shots made with Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA:
Read a useful article "How to choose a telescope" here.
Primary mirror diameter (aperture), mm
Lens (mirror) shape
Focal length, mm
Highest practical power, x
Resolution threshold, arcseconds
Limiting stellar magnitude
|achromatic, SUPER 10, SUPER 25|
Eyepiece barrel diameter
Tripod height (adjustable), mm
|AZ 114 GT|
|sidereal, lunar, solar|
|up to 10 arcminutes|
USB to Serial (RS-232) adapter
Navigation system alignment
|brightest star, two-star|
|SynScan AZ with automatic navigation|
Objects in the database
General use product.
May be used by kids
over 3 years old.
High-resolution images (rar) 120466kb
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How do you insert the eyepiece? Can't figure it out. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Lori, thank you for your inquiry. Please check our quick start guide with the detailed pictures at References and Downloads Tab inside the product page. If you still have any issues, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! I have this Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope. Is it possible to zoom in on objects or just focusing? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You can get different zoom ranges using additional eyepieces with the telescope Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA
Hello! Is there an equatorial wedge suitable for this telescope to make astrophoto with long exposures? Thank you. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Unfortunately, we do not have a suitable equatorial wedge in our range of products.
in what temperatures can I use this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope can be used under -31...104°F (-35...+40°C) temperatures.
Hello! What will I need to connect this telescope to a laptop? Thanks in advance! Levenhuk Customer Service:
To connect the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope to a laptop you'll need a RS-232 cable.
Hi! Where can I find the latest firmware updates? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The latest firmware updates can be found in the 'References and Downloads' section on the product description page.
I want to see all types of galaxies and formation. I have a Nikon D3300. What do you recommend me using to take the best quality pictures? I want to know this in advance before I buy the telescope. Thank you Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Nicole, thank you for interest in Levenhuk products! Yes, this model will be a perfect choice for deep sky observations and astrophotography. You will also need to buy a T-ring (M42x0.75mm) for your camera in order to connect it. Is there any additional information you might need?
Guys, I need help here! How to update the software on the hand controller to the most recent version? I somehow managed to upgrade it to 3.37 version, but I'd like to install v. 4.0. Is it possible? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The hand controller software and necessary instructions are available in the 'References and Downloads' section on this page.
Hello! Do you have a telescope case suitable for this telescope? Thank you! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Zongo 80 Telescope Case; Large, Blue (http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-zongo-80-telescope-case/) is suitable for this telescope model.
Hello! Does this telescope support object tracking? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope automatically locates and tracks objects in the sky.
Hello! How to achieve the maximum possible magnification with this telescope? What accessories will I need? Levenhuk Customer Service:
To obtain the maximum useful magnification of the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope we would recommend using 2.5 mm eyepiece (260x).
How do you think, is this telescope suitable for a beginner, I'd like to try my hand at astrophotography, observe lunar surface, Solar System planets. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope is more suitable for observing deep-sky objects. Please, consider more universal telescope model - Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK Telescope (http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/telescopes/levenhuk-skymatic-105-gt-mak/).
Hello! I'd like to know, which solar filter that you have in the product range is more suitable for this telescope? Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA? In one of the previous questions you recommended 114mm filter and also told that 127mm can't be fixed on this telescope. But I don't get it... 114 solar filter has 114mm diameter and diameter of the telescope tube is 135, right? Please clarify. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Unfortunately, there's no perfectly suitable filter for the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope in our product range. You can use 127mm filter, but you need to additionally secure it on the telescope tube.
How can I solve the problem with inverted images? what accessories should I use? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Unfortunately, there are no accessories of this type for Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA. To get "terrestrial" images we recommend using refractors. In this case use of an erecting prism will help.
Hi! Can I use this telescope to observe terrestrial objects? Or it inverts the picture up and down? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope produces upside-down mirrored images.
ADMIN, HOW DO I INCREASE THE Focal length, mm 650 to higher focal length Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Michael, thank you for your inquiry. The focal length can be increased with the help of a Barlow lens. Is there any additional information you might need?
We live in a very cold climate. In the winter it regularly gets below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. What are the tempurature limitations of the Skymatic 135 GTA. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Ashley, thank you for interest in Levenhuk products. Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope can withstand temperatures down to 20 degrees F below zero. Is there any additional information you might need? Looking forward to your reply.
Greetings! Thank you for your prompt response! I'd like to continue my previous question. Using Levenhuk 2x Barlow Lens with Camera Adapter, can I get a clear focus with Nikon D90. (if I remove the lenses)? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk 2x Barlow Lens with Camera Adapter will increase the telescope's focal length and thereby solve your problem. You cannot remove the lenses. Images should be made through the Barlow lens.
Greetings! I'm not a specialist (and not even an amateur astronomer yet). So I hoped you can help me with my problem… I have Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA + M42 NIKON T adapter + NIKON D90. When I attach my camera to the telescope the image is out of focus. I think that I have to use a T-ring (not an adapter) and it should have other design, but even in this case, I'm afraid I won't be able to focus the image, what can you suggest? Levenhuk Customer Service:
We recommend using Levenhuk 2x Barlow Lens with Camera Adapter - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-2x-barlow-lens-with-camera-adapter/
Hi there! Do I get it right that to connect my camera to the telescope I need a T-adapter? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The focuser of the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA has a T-thread, so you don't need a T-adapter. All you need is a T-ring (M42x0.75mm) for your camera.
Hello! I have a problem... When I turn it on the menu says "No link to mount Stand alone mode" and when I'm trying to type in coordinates and time zone the screen displays "Choose menu: Setup Mode". But it should be "Begin alignment" section, no? Earlier when I was pressing buttons on the remote control the mount was moving in all directions. And now nothing happens. So how can I connect the telescope to PC? I bought a special cable but my planetarium software (Cartes du Ciel) doesn't recognize it. I didn't find any useful information on the internet. Thanks for your help! Levenhuk Customer Service:
You can find all necessary information on telescope adjustment by following this link - www.levenhuk.com/products/materials/0/levenhuk-skymatic-web.pdf. If the problem persists, please contact Levenhuk Customer Service Department: http://www.levenhuk.com/feedback/.
Hello! Tell me please what lenses should I buy to be able to observe Solar System objects as well? It seems that it's only suitable for deep-sky according to your description. Levenhuk Customer Service:
The Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope is indeed more suitable for observing deep-sky objects, but it can be used for observing planets and satellites as well. To observe Solar System objects we recommend using Levenhuk Plössl 6.3 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-plossl-6-3mm-eyepiece/
Can get an adapter to use a camera with this telescope. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Bud, thank you for your inquiry. I regret to inform you that we do not have camera adapters in our product range. We have a special camera for telescope, which comes with all necessary accessories. You can find it here online: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-t310-ng-digital-camera/ Is there any additional information you might need? Looking forward to your reply.
Hello! I've recently asked you about solar filters for Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA. You have recommended http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-114mm-solar-filter/. But isn't this one http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-127mm-solar-filter/ more suitable? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk 114 mm Solar Filter is more suitable for Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA.
How can I attach Canon 1100D to this model? Google says that I can only take prime focus pictures, is that really so? Maybe there are some special adapters? Levenhuk Customer Service:
For astrophotography you can use Levenhuk 2x Barlow Lens with Camera Adapter - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-2x-barlow-lens-with-camera-adapter/ and a T-ring for Canon EOS cameras, which is unfortunately not available in our store.
I know absolutely nothing about locating stars on the sky... I have no idea where the Arctus is... The only thing I can find is the Moon:) Levenhuk Customer Service:
You should use a star chart, for instance, Levenhuk M20 Large Planisphere - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-m20-large-planisphere/
Hello! I've bought this telescope. Tell me, which star it's better to use for alignment? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Arctus, for example.
Tell me please, to observe the Sun through this telescope is it necessary to use full aperture solar filter? I mean this telescope doesn't have lenses, which can be overheated during unprotected observation of the Sun... i.e. can I use eyepiece solar filter with it? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Eyepiece solar filters are not available in our store. Full aperture solar filter provides a more safe (in all respects) way of observing the Sun. Please, pay attention to Levenhuk 114 mm Solar Filter - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-114mm-solar-filter/
Unfortunately, currently you do not have an eyepiece with a focal length of 2.5 mm. Can I replace it with these two: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-a3x-barlow-lens/ http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-plossl-7-5mm-eyepiece/ Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, with these accessories resulting magnification will be about 260x.
Hello! Could you give me an advice? 1. Do I need 2x Barlow lens with camera adapter or can I just use the regular one if I already have a T-ring for Nikon cameras? 2. Which eyepiece should I choose: 2.5 / 5 / 6.5 / 10 mm? Levenhuk Customer Service:
1. T-ring for Nikon cameras will be enough. 2. We recommend using a 2.5 mm eyepiece with the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope. With this eyepiece you will obtain the maximum useful magnification of 260x.
and any alternatives? Larger or smaller than this one? http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-zoom-7-21mm-eyepiece/ Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, please also pay attention to Levenhuk Zoom 8-24 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-zoom-8-24mm-eyepiece/ and Levenhuk Ra 1.25"" 3x Zoom 8-24 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-ra-1-25-3x-zoom-8-24mm-eyepiece/
and which eyepieces can I use with this model to get the highest practical power of the instrument? I have 3.5 or 4 mm in mind... and one more question. Do you have any varied focal length eyepieces for this model? Thanks in advance!!! Levenhuk Customer Service:
To obtain the highest practical power of Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA you need to use 2.5 mm eyepiece. Please pay attention to Levenhuk Zoom 7-21 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-zoom-7-21mm-eyepiece/
Greetings! Please, help me to choose from the following models: Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA, Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO, Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK. I need a quality instrument for planetary observations and observing deep sky objects as well. or maybe you could recommend something else? $600 tops. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Among these models that you've mentioned we'd like to point out Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/telescopes/levenhuk-skymatic-105-gt-mak/ as the best option for you.
oh yeah I wanna all at once - planets and deep sky! :) Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope is suitable for deep-sky observations but less suitable for planets. Consider more flexible telescope equally suitable for both purposes: Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK Telescope http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk_skymatic_105gt_mak/
Hello! We are confused. We are beginners, so we want all at once: to observe Solar System planets, deep-sky objects, the Moon, planets, take pictures. It should be easy to control. Please recommend us anything like that if it's possible. The price of around $600 is fine. Levenhuk Customer Service:
We recommend you consider Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK Telescope http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk_skymatic_105gt_mak/. It's suitable for planetary observations as well as for observing deep-sky objects. Also it is perfect for astrophotography.
Hello! Does 135GTA have 12V power jack? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA model has a 12V power jack.
Can I keep this telescope in a cold paned balcony all year round? It's not mentioned in the manual. Only that it can be used down to 20 degrees below zero. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, you can. The main thing is when it's wet outside or when you transport from a cold to warm place, let it acclimate for half an hour.
Hi. Please put the beginner on the right track. There are so many choices that my mind is totally blown. I need a telescope with quality optics, reasonable price and I wanna observe not just jupiter but its famous atmospheric spot, rings and moons of saturn and deep sky objects of course. thanks a lot in advance Levenhuk Customer Service:
The Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA model suits well for beginners. Its large aperture, excellent build quality and auto guidance system will let you enjoy astronomy, not worry about how to manage a telescope.
So will I be able to see jupiter and it's spot and saturn with its moon titan? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GT allows you to see these celestial objects.
Tell me please what would the magnification be if I install 2x Barlow lens on this telescope. Is there any BL more than 2x? Thanks Levenhuk Customer Service:
Using 2x Barlow lens with the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA model you will get 130x magnification. More powerful Barlow lenses are 3x.
Thanks for the answer! And what if we rule out terrestrial observations? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA model is excellent for astronomical observations and astrophotography.
Hi! I'm not sure I got it right. I need a telescope for a beginner ( I've NOT begun yet) astrophotographer ( and just photographer - I mean I wanna use it for terrestrial objects too). I've got canon 5d and canon 10d cameras. Suggest me please some suitable adapter. is it worth buying BL right away and which one? and finally - maybe this telescope is a wrong choice for my purposes? Levenhuk Customer Service:
It's impossible to use the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA model for terrestrial observations. The image is reversed upside down and mirrored left to right. A refracting telescope would be a better choice for you. To attach your camera you need a T- ring.
Dear admin, I am interested in the following: what's the difference between this device and "more advanced" Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK model? Is it image qulity? Weight? Something else? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA is a reflector, perfect for deep-sky observations. Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK has more flexible Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design, excellent for both planetary and deep-sky observations. Compared with refractors and reflectors, a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with the same aperture will have a lot more compact sizes.
Hi. How am I supposed to update SynScan if the manual reads that I have to open SunScanVXXXXAZ.ssf file. Where do I get one? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You need to download the software and follow the instructions. You can find it on the References and Downloads tab. The telescope has to be connected to the PC.
THANKS A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Levenhuk Customer Service:
You are always welcome!
Excuse me, but this telescope doesn't connect to the PC! I just can't find any ports for the cable! Help me please! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope can be connected to a PC! You need a regular COM port: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_port
Thanks a lot for all the advices and consulting! You have a great store here! Thanks again! Levenhuk Customer Service:
You are always welcome!
Is this telescope's mirror long term? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes the telescope’s mirror will serve faithfully for decades.
how much is the weight of Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA weighs 26.5 lbs.
Can Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA be connected to PC? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA can be connected to PC. It is compatible with OS Windows 7/8.
What kind of batteries should be used with Levenhuk Skymatic 135 GTA? Levenhuk Customer Service:
8 AA batteries.
Hi, recommend me please, which telescope is more suitable for astrophotography and for frequent transportations: Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA or Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GTA Levenhuk Customer Service:
The Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GTA model is great for use in both city and suburbs: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk_skymatic_105gt_mak/ Also we recommend a case for transporting the telescope: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories-telescope-cases-all-items/
How do I connect a digital camera to Levenhuk SkyMatic 135? What adapter do I need? Are there any special cameras? Thanks Levenhuk Customer Service:
To connect a camera you need a T-ring. Take a note of these cameras designed for astrophotography: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/digital-cameras-telescope-all-items/
I've heard that reflectors with aperture of 130-150 mm allow observing a lot of small details… Does this model allow to do so? I want to buy the very first telescope to my son on his birthday so I do not want to make a wrong choice. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, that's correct. Also consider this model: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk_skymatic_127gt/
let me make it clear: Is Jupiter more easily seen through 90mm refractor Levenhuk Skyline 90x900 EQ than through SkyMatic 135 GTA? Levenhuk Customer Service:
That's the eternal question of all amateur astronomers. It doesn't have a certain answer. It's a fact that 130 mm gathers more light and provides higher magnification. 90 mm telescopes on the other hand provide higher image sharpness. One thing is clear: Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GTA is more suitable for planetary observations (if that's your only goal) and Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA - for deep-sky observations. although the planets can be seen very well too.
I got that 3x BL will work, does that mean that 2x won't??? Do you have a 3x with T-adapter? Levenhuk Customer Service:
2x Barlow lens will work fine as well. With a T-adapter we only have a 2x Barlow lens: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-barlow-lens-2x-adapter/
Tell me please if this telescope compatible with nikon D60 camera? Also are there more affordable astrophotography models in your store? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, you need a T-ring for Nikon cameras. Yes, we sell lower price models, but this is one of the best with an advanced automatic guidance and tracking system.
I can’t get why when someone wants to observe planets you always recommend them refractors of 90 mm aperture or maks of 100 mm aperture? I mean I can't believe that this telescope with its 260x magnification provides worse images of Jupiter than Levenhuk Skyline 90x900 EQ which has magnification of 180x only! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Because planetary observations are exactly what refractors and Maksutovs are meant for.
thanks a lot!!!!! It worked perfectly with 3x BL! The images are sharp!!! I've lost a bit in the angle of view, but it doesn't matter for now! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Thank you for your feedback!
There is an error message that reads "No link mount Stand alone mode". Can't do anything with it. What does it mean and what should I do to get rid of it? Thanks! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Make sure the power cable is properly plugged into the 12V DC jack on the mount.
I have this scope and canon 600d and every possible adapters and rings! Unable to focus! What's wrong and how do I fix it? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You need to increase focal length for example with this http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-barlow-lens-2x-adapter/ accessory.
"and, thanks to the long eye relief of this eyepiece, you can perform such observation even when wearing eyeglasses". What does that mean? It's about this LET eyepiece http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-let-5mm/. Do you mean that because I don't wear glasses I will see any less??? I want another eyepiece then, not "for glasses"! Or maybe there is no actual difference? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You won't feel any discomfort using this eyepiece whether you wear glasses or not.
Yes, that's obviuos! What are the consequences? Image distortions or what? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Images will significantly lose quality.
What if I use this one: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-let-2mm/ ? Levenhuk Customer Service:
If you use Levenhuk LET 2 mm 1.25" Eyepiece then the magnification will be 325x which goes beyond the highest practical power of the telescope. It means that it will reduce image quality, it won’t be so sharp and contrast will be diminished.
Hi everybody!!! Does anybody know if it's possible to use it in auto mod as well as manually? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You can control this telescope "manually" using direction arrows on the hand controller.
Are there any 2.5 mm eyepieces available for purchasing now? I want to get maximum magnification. If I install Barlow lens and some other eyepiece whould the image quality suffer and what exactly would change? I mean I can see Jupiter pretty clearly as it is and I do not want any loses in quality to appear.... One more thing - yesterday I observed Andromeda Galaxy (M31) through the 10 mm eyepiece included in the kit. I was observing a foggy cloud without any details. Is it ok or was I supposed to see some details, galaxy spiral maybe? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The eyepiece you require is currently unavailable. Using a Barlow lens leads to moderate loss of light and hence quality. Yes, what you described is normal under the magnification you were observing.
Sorry, figured it out, it's ok now. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Excellent, problem solved.
Bougth a T-ring, can't connect it to the focuser halp! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Focuser has a T-thread for connecting a T-ring.
Thanks for quick reply! "Slide the base of your finderscope into a dovetail mount on the telescope tube and lock it in place with a thumbscrew. More details may be found here: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/materials/0/levenhuk-skymatic-web.pdf" - the problem is not with the installation of the finderscope but with its alignment. I'll try auto-tracking one more time. for the first time i really watched the moon without aligning the telescope. By the way, i can't find any option "align to... three well-known stars", in the menu of this model, apparently, it's possible to align only to one or two stars, right? 3. "It's for solar observations, in case you own a solar filter." - do you have any? 4. "Yes, T-ring is enough." - it's fixed to the camera, i get this, but how is camera with T-ring fixed to the telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
1. To perform this alignment it's recommended to focus on some distant terrestrial object. 2. Aligning to 1 or 2 stars method is described in the user manual. 3. Take note of these: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories-filters-solar-items/ 4. From one side T-ring is fixed to the camera bayonet, from the other side - to the telescope focuser.
Hi! I've purchased this telescope and I've got questions: 1. Is there any instruction on how to align the telescope finder?If I assemble according to the video instruction by just sticking a finder into the mount and tightening the screws, the finder is not pointed the same way as telescope :( For now I aligning to the moon, alternately looking through the eyepiece and the finder and twisting the fixing screws, but I do not think that such an adjustment is accurate. 2. I still don't understand how to make the telescope track the object. I set LUNAR RATE on the hand controller menu - and nothing happened! I turned aside for a sec- half of the moon was already gone. I saw somewhere online that this must be the latest firmware upgrade error and that i need to downgrade to the previous version so i can use auto tracking. Is that true? 3. amateurish question: there are two pimples on a protection cap, you can take off the cap from one of them and there is a hole about 2 in. in diameter. what is this for? 4. what do i need for shooting with Canon EOS 100D? is T-ring enough? Levenhuk Customer Service:
1. Slide the base of your finderscope into a dovetail mount on the telescope tube and lock it in place with a thumbscrew. More details may be found here: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/materials/0/levenhuk-skymatic-web.pdf 2. Before your telescope can navigate the expanse of the universe, you have to align it by two or three known stars. As you know, Earth rotates about its axis during the day. That is why the stars appear to be moving across the night sky following a curve. When your telescope is being aligned, it memorizes a map of the celestial sphere and the movement of stars. This alignment can be performed at any time during your observations (just select Alignment in Setup menu). More information about using and updating SyncScan may be found here: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/materials/0/levenhuk-skymatic-web.pdf 3. It's for solar observations, in case you own a solar filter. 4. Yes, a T-ring is enough.
Hi. Help me please to decide what to choose: Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA or Levenhuk Ra 250N Dob. Thank u Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Ra 250N Dob is preferable due to its objective lens diameter. Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA - due to its automatic guidance system. It depends on your order of preference.
Help me please. So we have: this telescope, Nikon d800, 48 mm T-ring, which we don't know where to connect and 42 mm T-ring which I think I know where should be attached. What do I miss for connecting those two technological wonders together so I could manage to take some pictures? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Apparently you need an additional T-adapter.
Do I get it right that this model is pretty good choice for astrophotography? How can I connect Nikon D7000? Thank you. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA is a perfect choice for astrophotography. To connect your camera you need a T-ring.
Is it suitable for planetary and deep-sky observations? Levenhuk Customer Service:
If you need a model for both planetary and deep-sky observations we would recommend this model: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk_skymatic_105gt_mak/
if I buy one of those digital cameras you offer, would I still be needing all of those T-rings and T-adapters or whatever they are called? Levenhuk Customer Service:
There is no need for T-rings and T-adapters with these cameras: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/digital-cameras-telescope-all-items/
Tell me please if Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA comes with a manual? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, User Manual is included in the kit of the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope.
is it possible to control the telescope via tablet? Levenhuk Customer Service:
It's possible, for instance via the Stellarium program, if Windows is your OS of choice.
Good day! Own this telescope, have questions =) The images seen through the finderscope rotated by 65-70 degrees not 90 (terrestrial objects). Is it normal? If my balcony "pointed" to south, does that mean that I can't align to the nothern star? (maybe I should go outside to align it and then go back home to observe?) As for now alignment is a bit too difficult for me, but I guess I will manage over the time))) Levenhuk Customer Service:
Totally normal, as you stay and change the tube's position you also change the angle. It doesn't interfere with astronomical observations. You need to align to the polar star (it's a basic alignment). Alignment won't be so difficult if you follow the manual step by step.
Do I need some additional accessories to get the telescope to its highest practical power of 260x or are those included in the kit enough? Is this camera http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-t130ng-digital-camera/ enough for astrophotography? Do I need a T-ring in this case or is it included in the kit? Levenhuk Customer Service:
To obtain the highest practical power of the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope you will need a 2.5 mm eyepiece. Levenhuk T130 NG Digital Camera is enough. There is no need for T-rings and T-adapters with Levenhuk cameras for astrophotography.
Hi! that cable in the kit, is it for connection to the PC? So the image from the telescope can be seen on my monitor? Levenhuk Customer Service:
With this cable you can connect your telescope to a PC and control it via planetarium software. And you need a digital camera to display images, for example this one: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-t310ng-digital-camera/
How do I connect Canon 1000d camera to this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
To connect this camera to the telescope you will need a T-ring for Canon cameras.
Which 5mm eyepiece do you recommend? Levenhuk Customer Service:
There is one 5 mm eyepiece in our range: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-let-5mm/ Also check these 6 - 6.5 mm eyepieces: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-plossl-6mm/ http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular-levenhuk-kellner-63/ http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular-levenhuk-p63/ http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular-levenhuk-sp-s8-63/ http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular_levenhuk_7527/
is there any better telescope than this up to $500? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA model is the leader in this price tier.
What kind of output should power source have? Levenhuk Customer Service:
For the 5.5 mm jack plug.
and how many ampers are preferable? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Exactly 2 amperes are required.
How many amperes(max) the power supply should be? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The power supply should be 2 amperes.
which power source is required? Levenhuk Customer Service:
This model requires 8 AA batteries (you can also use rechargeable batteries)
what's that: Auto-Tracking (optional)? provide some more information on automatic navigation Levenhuk Customer Service:
In the main menu you can choose an option of auto navigating and auto tracking. You can find detailed information in the User Manual available online on this page (References and Downloads tab)
Hi. What kind of eyepiece is worth buying for using with 3x Barlow lens? Thanks Levenhuk Customer Service:
You need 7.5 mm eyepiece.
Hi, what do I need to purchase additionally to get 260x highest practical power? Thank you Levenhuk Customer Service:
To get the highest practical power of the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA model (260x) you can use 2x Barlow lens+ 5mm eyepiece or 3x BL + 7.5 mm eyepiece.
Will 5.1 mm Epic ED-2 eyepiece work well with 2x Barlow lens? Or should I choose another brand? I want to get the highest image quality. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Consider this 6.5 mm eyepiece: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular_levenhuk_7527/
won't f/5 focal ratio be too small? Will the image quality be good enough? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The image quality is pretty high. Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope has quality multi-coated optics.
Is it possible to navigate to the objects manually(without prior alignment to stars or planets)? I'm mean I want to be able to point the telescope wherever I want. I'm mostly interested in deep-sky observations, suggest me something ( up to $600-$700). Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, it's possible to navigate manually with Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA. We recommend you consider this one: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/dob-levenhuk-ra-250n/. It's a powerful Dobsonian reflector, perfect for the deep-sky observations.
Which Barlow lenses would you suggest for this telescope? To get the highest quality of images? Is there a solar filter for this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
We recommend purchasing a 2x Barlow lens. The combination of this lens with 10 mm eyepiece will give you 130x magnification. We also recommend you purchase this http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular_levenhuk_7527/ 6.5 mm eyepiece, the combination of this eyepiece with mentioned Barlow lens will provide 200x magnification. Unfortunately we don't currently have solar filters for such aperture in stock.
Which Barlow lens or an eyepiece is worth buying for make maximum use of this model? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Take note of this eyepiece: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-ra-ler-3/
Will these http://www.levenhuk.com/products/com-filters_f4_solar_system_set/ filters fit? Are any additional element required to install this http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-t130ng-digital-camera/ camera? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, these filters will fit Levenhuk SkyMatic model 135 GTA. No, nothing else is required.
can I use it in the park in the center of a big city? What else do I need besides a camera to get the most out of it? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, of course. Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA is a great model for observations under urban conditions. Consider using optical filters http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories-filters-all-items/, Barlow lenses http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories-barlow-lens-all-items/ and additional eyepieces http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories-eyepieces-all-items/
Help me to align my telescope to the brightest star! We keep going according to the instructions. the first star should be set manually, and how to know where it is??? It seems like we find the desired location, even distinguish some star in the eyepiece, but there is no sound signal ... The instruction reads that without that you can't continue. How this finding a first star should be done??? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You need to choose the brightest star in the sky, point your telescope at it with control arrows and then confirm your choice. You can find detailed information on Page 6 of User Manual (Brightest star alignment under Star alignment section)
Which Barlow lens do I need to get the max magnification? Does it make sense to purchase 5x BL? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The highest practical power of Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA is 260x, you can reach this magnification by using Levenhuk LET 5 mm eyepiece http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-let-5mm/ and Levenhuk A2x Barlow lens http://www.levenhuk.com/products/acc_levenhuk_barlow_lens_a2x/.
What's the tube length? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The telescope’s tube length is 29.5 inches.
how is Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA connected to PC? how are images made? (want to order, but just a beginner) Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA can be connected to PC via RS-232 cable. For astrophotography you can use a special digital camera, for example http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-t130ng-digital-camera/
Hi! I am choosing a telescope for astrophotography, please send me images! Levenhuk Customer Service:
You can take a look at astrophotos here: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk_skymatic_135gt/
at what temperature it's ok to use it outside? I can't wait for warmer weather, have been observing through the window. Will it break it it's 23 °F outside? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope can withstand temperatures down to 20 degrees F below zero.
tell me please what does "Auto-Tracking (optional)" mean? This telescope is anable of tracking objects automatically? If so then how to make this option work? Levenhuk Customer Service:
If "Star Alignment" procedure was performed correctly prior the session, then you can use "Auto-Tracking" any time. Before choosing this function make sure that the tube is directed to the north.
what command system I need to control this telescope with Red Shift 6 software Levenhuk Customer Service:
To control this telescope with Red Shift 6 software you will need SynScan AZ system.
What's the main difference between Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA and Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GTA? I wanna buy a telescope + accessories for it (up to $900) for observations and astrophotography with Nikon D3100 Body camera. Suggest me a telescope please worth the money and with the best specifications. Levenhuk Customer Service:
135 GTA is a reflector, Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GTA has Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design. Reflector is better for deep-sky observations and it's more comfortable to use in the suburbs. Maksutov-Cassegrain is more flexible, it may be used both in the suburbs and in the city for planetary as well as deep-sky observations.
Hi I've got SkyMatic 135 GTA, 1.25 eyepiece barrel diameter, and I bought a filter set. How do I attach a filter to the telescope to look through the eyepiece? Do I need some adapter or something? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The filter is supposed to be twisted in the eyepiece.
Hi. Here's a question out of curiocity. What if I install 2 Barlow lenses consistently and then an eyepiece, will the telescope magnify even more? Thanks Levenhuk Customer Service:
It will, but the quality of the images will get worse.
Help me with this please: skyline pro 105mac or skyMatic 135 GTA? Levenhuk Customer Service:
SkyMatic 135 GTA is preferable because of its bigger objective lens diameter and automatic guidance system. Be careful: reflector's optics unlike the refractor and catadioptric optics need to be regularly adjusted. Also the open design of reflector's tube leads to dust pollution.
Hi, is it possible to use the telescope manually (without automatic navigation)? Also I wonder if there is any accumulator, which can be charged, instead of regular batteries. And also if I use the telescope manually (if it's possible) do I need any batteries? thanx in advance Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, it is possible to control the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA model manually by using up-down, left-right buttons on the hand controllers. Also you can use accumulator rechargeable batteries or connect your telescope to an uninterrupted power supply. Yes, you need a power supply for manual control as well.
If I install a 3x Barlow lens, what would the magnification be? Would images be sharp? And what if I try Levenhuk Super 5x Barlow lens? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The highest practical power of the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA telescope is 260x; it may be achieved by using different combinations of accessories (eyepieces and Barlow lenses). But if you go beyond 260x, image quality will be become poorer on a ratio basis. Barlow lenses can increase the magnification of your telescope twofold, threefold or fivefold.
Good day! If I use 10 mm eyepiece together with 5x Barlow lens, I will get 325x magnification (which is higher than 260x). Is it too bad? Are there 4x Barlow lenses? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, the distortion will be hard to ignore, the highest practical power of the Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA model is 260x. You can find 2x, 3x and 5x Barlow lenses here: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories-barlow-lens-all-items/
Thanks for fast reply! Then I guess I'm gonna wait for Levenhuk with T-adapter. Levenhuk Customer Service:
You're always welcome!
I have the same situations with EOS 1000 D. Will I be able to focus with 3x Barlow lens? And another question: where are the drivers for this telescope? I can't connect it to PC! Levenhuk Customer Service:
1) Yes, 3x Barlow lens will work. 2) You can download software required for connecting to a PC for firmware upgrades under the References and Downloads tab.
Tried shooting the moon using Canon EOS 1000D (without objective lens, I think it's called "prime focus"), but the picture was blurred and I didn't manage to focus and adjust it. What is my next step? Should I buy some adapter or what? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You need to increase the focal length using this accessory: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-barlow-lens-2x-adapter/ more
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