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Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO Telescope
Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. Objective lens diameter: 102 mm. Focal length: 1300 mm
Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO is the most advanced model in the Strike PRO series for advanced astronomers. It performs well both during planetary observations and study of deep-sky objects. Its 102-millimeter (4-inch) objective lens gathers so much light - 28% more than a 90-mm (3.5-in) objective lens, to be precise - that you can observe stars up to 1... more
Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO is the most advanced model in the Strike PRO series for advanced astronomers. It performs well both during planetary observations and study of deep-sky objects. Its 102-millimeter (4-inch) objective lens gathers so much light - 28% more than a 90-mm (3.5-in) objective lens, to be precise - that you can observe stars up to 12.0 stellar magnitude. That means you can study distant galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and so much more. Its focal length of 1300 millimeters (51.2 inches) provides very detailed views of planetary surfaces. But it is still a compact and lightweight model that you can easily carry to the countryside to enjoy the clear starry sky.
Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO will become indispensable for experienced astronomers. Its tube is set up on a German equatorial mount EQ2, complete with slow-motion controls. You have to align an equatorial mount before your observations, but it is far more useful than an altazimuth mount during observations of moving objects. It has special setting circles that allow you to point your telescope to a celestial object using its celestial coordinates. It also compensates for the daily rotation of Earth with just a turn of a slow-motion control. You can even install an equatorial computerized drive system! The mount is set up on an adjustable tripod with an accessory tray.
High-quality optics for best results. The 102-millimeter (4-inch) objective lens and the fully multi-coated optics gather and transmit enough light for really bright and sharp views of celestial objects. Levenhuk eyepieces supplied in the kit are made to the highest standard and significantly expand the capabilities of your telescope. The T-thread on the focuser allows you to attach a camera to your telescope through a special adapter (purchased separately), so you can capture the most impressive views during your observations.
Astrophotos of the Sun and the Moon taken with Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO and a DSLR camera by Roy and Jodi McCullough:
A truly advanced kit of Strike PRO Telescopes. All the telescopes from Strike PRO series are supplied with the standard kit of Strike models with some really useful extras that will allow you to venture deeper into cosmos during your astronomical observations. In addition to printed materials, additional eyepieces, a compass and planetarium software, you will also find the following extras in your kit: a 6.3 millimeter (1/4-inch) Plössl eyepiece, a 2x Barlow lens, a set of filters, lunar and solar filters, and a wonderful Levenhuk Zongo 60 Telescope Case. The telescope comes in a colorful box.
No other telescope has so many extras supplied in its standard kit, which makes Levenhuk Strike PRO Telescopes even more appealing for astronomers ready to learn more about the universe around them. With such an advanced kit, you can begin uncovering the mysteries of space right after unpacking your new telescope!
Amazing kit of a Levenhuk Strike PRO Telescope:
1. "See it all!" Astronomer's Handbook. This practical handbook will come in handy for amateur stargazers and those who want to brush up on their knowledge of the universe. The book contains detailed information on 280 celestial objects, their images (in color), star charts and other pictures. You will also find some information on various optical designs of telescopes.
2. Stellarium. This is 3D planetarium software that allows you to plan your observations and explore the night sky several years in the future. The database contains over 600,000 constellations, stars, comets, planets and their satellites and much, much more.
3. Space Posters Set (Moon, Sun and Other Stars, Solar System). These high-quality colorful posters contain interesting information about celestial bodies. Illustrations and captions present this information in an easy-to-read format. The posters are 84x60 cm (33x24 in).
4. Planisphere is a rotating star chart that lets you see the way stars have aligned a few centuries in the past or, if you wish, a hundred years in the future. All you need to do is align the viewer and the star chart, providing a date and time.
5. Compass. At times, even astronomers need a compass. Before you begin your observations, you always have to get yourself oriented to the Northern Pole. It is much easier when you have a compass ready! And after you find Polaris by the Northern Pole, you will see familiar constellations and other stars.
6. 6.3 mm Plössl eyepiece. This practical eyepiece yields high magnifications that allow you to study the Moon and planets of the Solar System in detail. All the optical elements are made of fully multi-coated glass and provide very bright and sharp images.
7. 2x Barlow lens. A Barlow lens is capable of doubling the focal length of the telescope, therefore doubling the magnification of your eyepieces. This makes your views of the Moon and planets even more detailed. A Barlow lens has to be placed before the eyepiece and does not reduce the resulting quality of your views.
8. Set of filters. These four filters may be used during planetary observations. They enhance the features of observed objects, which allows you to see even more details on the planetary surface.
9. Lunar filter. This filter reduces the glare of the lunar surface during observations. It does not reduce the quality of the resulting image nor does it change the natural colors of the Moon, but enhances every detail of lunar craters and highlands.
10. Solar filter. This filter is made of special Baader Planetarium AstroSolar Visual film that absorbs radiation from the sun and allows for comfortable observations of the star without any decrease in quality of the resulting image. Under no circumstances should you observe the Sun without a solar filter, as this may cause permanent retinal damage.
11. Levenhuk Zongo 60 Telescope Case. This case is made of a sturdy waterproof material, and the padded lining protects the telescope from impact. It is also fitted with handle straps, full-length zippers and separate compartments for the mount and accessories.
The kit includes:
- Levenhuk Strike PRO telescope on a German equatorial mount
- Aluminum tripod
- Eyepieces: SUPER 10 mm, SUPER 25 mm
- An additional Plössl 6.3 mm eyepiece
- 2x Barlow lens
- Set of filters
- Lunar filter
- Solar filter
- Red Dot finder scope
- Diagonal mirror
- "See it all!" Astronomer's Handbook with descriptions of 280 celestial objects
- Space Posters Set (Moon, Sun and Other Stars, Solar System)
- Stellarium software CD to assist you during your astronomical observations
- Levenhuk Zongo 60 Telescope Case
- User manual and lifetime warranty
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Here you can find a list of celestial objects you can see with this telescope.
Objective lens diameter (aperture), mm
Focal length, mm
Highest practical power, x
Resolution threshold, arcseconds
Limiting stellar magnitude
|SUPER 10 mm, SUPER 25 mm, Plössl 6.3 mm|
Eyepiece barrel diameter
Tripod height (adjustable), mm
|German equatorial EQ2|
General use product.
May be used by kids
over 3 years old.
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What celestial objects will I see through this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO Telescope is great for both planetary and deep-sky observations. You'll see dozens of planetary and diffuse nebulae, all Messier objects, polar ice caps on Mars and its seas, etc.
Greetings! Could you please tell me how to connect a Canon camera to the telescope? I do not quite understand the procedure... Is this order correct: telescope-diagonal mirror-Barlow lens-T-ring-camera (without objective)? Should I also include eyepieces? And one more question. What stars will I be able to see with my Canon 60D (19Mpx) camera? Levenhuk Customer Service:
When shooting at prime focus, all you need is a T-ring. Focal length will be 26.8 mm (for Canon cameras with 22.3 x 14.9 mm sensors). Magnification will be 1300mm/26.8mm=48.5x. You will be able to capture stars up to 12 magnitude.
Do you have special cases for this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Consider Levenhuk Zongo 80 Telescope Case; Large, Blue - https://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-zongo-80-telescope-case/.
Could you please explain me how to calculate magnification with particular eyepieces? For example, with 25mm super eyepiece magnification will be 52 - is it with or without the Barlow lens? Levenhuk Customer Service:
In order to calculate magnification with the given eyepiece, you need to divide the focal length of the telescope (1300mm) by the focal length of the eyepiece(25mm) which will be 52x. If you use the eyepiece and 2x Barlow together, magnification will be 2 times higher - 104x.
Hi! Could you please explain or show me how to pack the telescope and all included accessories into the case? I'm doing something wrong, I guess.. I don't wanna bother you, but it would be really helpful if you could illustrate the process. Unfortunately, the tripod pouch doesn't have a room for anything but tripod (there are no pockets, no additional sections). The main bag doesn't have enough space for the mount either... If I put it on the bottom of the case, I can't attach the tube itself. Levenhuk Customer Service:
The case from the kit is designed to carry the telescope tube and the tripod, so it doesn't have enough space for the mount. Small accessories can be stored in the side pockets on the main bag.
Hello! I've recently bought this telescope, and frankly speaking, I'm a little disappointed. When I use 25mm eyepiece the image is fine. But when I replace it with 10mm the image becomes blurry, and it gets even worse when I use 6mm one. So what is the problem? Is it because of poor quality eyepieces or something about telescope adjustment? Levenhuk Customer Service:
If image quality is good when you observe with 25mm eyepiece, and not good when you use 10 or 6 mm eyepieces, then the telescope is not the problem. Perhaps, you need to turn the focusing wheel a little more when adjusting the view.
Tell me... will I be able to see deep-sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae and planetary nebulae? Will I be able to distinguish individual stars in globular and open star clusters? (observation will take place in the countryside). Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO Telescope is an ideal choice for observing planets, as well as deep-sky objects. You will see nebulae, galaxies, star clusters and more. More detailed information on what you can see with this telescope you can find here: http://www.levenhuk.com/reviews/things_you_can_see/#second_group.
I am looking for a telescope to take to the 2015 Solar Eclipse. I have read that the Meade ETX 90 has a baffle problem that causes flaring during the Bailey's Beads portion of the eclipse. Can you comment on if anyone has used this scope for a total solar eclipse and what issues they may have had. I am also considering the Strike 900. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Jodi, thank you for your inquiry. We cannot provide any information about the Meade products. I'd recommend to consider buying a refractor for your purposes. The Levenhuk Strike 900 Pro will fit your needs and it already comes with a solar filter. Is there any additional information you might need?
Hello, where can I take a look at the pictures made with this telescope, the Moon for instance? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Please find Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO Telescope Review by following this link: http://www.levenhuk.com/reviews/levenhuk-strike-1000-pro-review/. The review includes test shots, lots of telescope images and useful information about the telescope in general.
I'm choosing between this telescope and Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK. Which one provides better image quality? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Both models have superior optics quality and provide maximum results due to their Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design. Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK - telescope with an autoguider - will be a better choice for beginners due to its alt-azimuth mount which is very ease to use.
Hello! I have been using this telescope for about 2 years now... The kit is great indeed. I like observing Saturn and other planets, but the image is quite small... So I have a question to ask... which accessories should I purchase in order to get larger images? I asked it on astronomy forum and I was advised to buy dobsonian telescope, but I think it's too bulky and immobile... in addition I might have difficulties with alignment (that was the main reason I didn't buy it) Moreover, I don't really want to replace this telescope with another one.. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you in advance. And also where can I find telescope repair parts? I lost retaining screw on the adjusting knob... Levenhuk Customer Service:
For Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO we recommend buying eyepieces of higher quality: Levenhuk Ra ER20 WA 9 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-ra-er20-wa-9mm-eyepiece/; Levenhuk Ra ER20 WA 7 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-ra-er20-wa-7mm-eyepiece/. Please also consider Levenhuk Ra H-Beta 1.25'' Filter - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-ra-h-beta-1-25-filter/. For information on purchasing telescope parts please contact our Customer Service Department - http://www.levenhuk.com/feedback/
I don't like Red Dot, is it possible to replace it with optical finder? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, you can install other finderscope on Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO Telescope, but unfortunately optical finders are currently unavailable in our store.
Good day, I want to know if standard eyepieces are enough for quality observations of planetary disks? Or should I buy some additional accessories? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Eyepieces included in the kit with Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO Telescope are enough for planetary observations. We also recommend you consider wide angle eyepiece, for example Levenhuk Ra ER20 WA 9 mm Eyepiece http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-ra-er20-wa-9mm-eyepiece/
What is telescope tube made of? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Optical tube of the Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO telescope is made of silumin.
Which 40 mm eyepiece is better for this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
We would recommend using Levenhuk Plossl 40 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-plossl-40mm-eyepiece/
Do I need a motor drive for this telescope? Is it available for purchase? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Motor drives, unfortunately, are not available in our store at the time.
I can see a prism on your pictures... Does it come in the kit? And what type of prisms is it? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO telescope comes with a diagonal mirror included in the kit.
Hello! I've recently bought Levenhuk strike 950 pro, I really like this instrument (my old dream came true). Tell me, is there any sense to buy 100 pro and why? If yes, can I use the same accessories from 950 model with 100 pro telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The difference between these models is in the objective lens diameter (aperture) and, as a result, in magnification. These accessories are suitable, although you should remember that solar filter and eyepieces (in case your goal is to get the highest practical power) should be picked specifically for each particular model.
The manual for this model in the "Dec. balancing" section describes the procedure for refractors. How to perform this procedure on this model? The tube does not move and has only one position towards the mount. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dec. balancing procedure for Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO model is exactly the same, there's no need to move the tube itself, you should move only the counterweight.
Is it possible to see shadows from the moons and the Great Red Spot on Jupiter through the 1000 PRO model? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Under ideal conditions you will be able to see several extra belts on Jupiter, shadows from Jupiter's moons and the GRS with the Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO telescope.
what's the field of view of eyepieces? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The field of view of the Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO telescope's standard eyepieces is 52 degrees.
I bought one for my kid, I can't install the lenses, what's the assembly sequence? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Assembly sequence of the Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO telescope: diagonal mirror, Barlow lens, eyepiece.
thanks for your answer Levenhuk Customer Service:
Thank you for your feedback.
I heard that models with objective lens diameter of more than 100 provide colored image. this telescope too? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Image observed through the eyepiece is usually colored, but not always. The image is colored when observing terrestrial objects, as well as the Moon and planets, and you can see the colors of some stars. At the same time, faint objects in deep space, such as galaxies or nebula, are visible through the telescope as grayish clouds. However, when looking through large telescopes with objective lens diameter of 250-300 mm and more, you may notice some subtle colors of the brightest deep sky objects. In addition to the telescope aperture, it also depends on the viewing conditions (primarily on the level of illumination) , an adaptation of eyese to the dark and the individual vision characteristics of the observer. But even the largest professional telescopes can't help us to see deep sky objects as bright and colorful , as we are used to see on astro photos.
How to connect an auto guidance system to this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Currently we can offer you only one option - Levenhuk Ra EQ5 GoTo Equatorial Mount : http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-mount-eq5-goto/
Which finder should I buy for this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
There is a Red Dot finder included in the kit of the Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO telescope and it's quite enough for adequate performance.
For observing from my balcony and rare field trips I would like to choose one of the following models: Maksutov Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO or refractor Levenhuk Strike 90 Plus. The first one I like more because of its big inlet diameter; all necessary filters are included in the kit and it's 2 kg lighter. But I have one question. I will have to buy additional accessories to 1000 pro in order to observe the moon (1300/14x2=186x) such as 14 mm eyepiece and varied focal-length eyepiece 7-21 mm, cause eyepiece 6.3 gives too large increase(1300/6,3=206x). Do you agree with my calculations and choice? An one more question: will 45 erecting prism help me to get direct images on this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, we agree with your choice. The telescope's technical characteristics are far superior than Levenhuk Strike 90 Plus has. This model comes with10 mm SUPER eyepiece, which also can be used for observing the Moon. The eyepiece Plossl 6.3 mm gives you an increase that is close to the maximum useful magnification; it's likely that you won't need any additional accessories. Yes, you can get "terrestrial" images with an erecting prism that you can buy separately.
Is it suitable for terrestrial observations? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The image is reversed from left to right. To get direct images you should buy this erecting prism: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/45degree_erect_prisma_levenhuk_7517/
What is the total weight of the telescope with tripod and mount Levenhuk Customer Service:
The total weight of the Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO Telescope with tripod and mount is 35.1 lbs.
As I understood, all telescopes have factory adjustment, so I don't have to worry about it? And, as I get it, the adjustment of a newtonian reflector should be periodically repeated? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, you are right.
Telescope Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO, 2x Barlow Lens, eyepiece SUPER 10 mm - the magnification will be 260x. The useful magnification - 200x. If I use this combination, will the picture be blurred?? Or with some adjustment I can make it clear? Can I get with this combinaion 200x increase using the focuser? Or the Barlow lens is only for the eyepiece 25 mm? The eyepiece Plossl 6.3 mm - with it I can achieve 206x magnification (without the Barlow lens) but it would be great to use 10 mm eyepiece to its full potential (the eyeglass of the latter is much bigger than 6.3 mm eyepiece has.) Levenhuk Customer Service:
If the maximum useful magnification is exceeded, the image quality is significantly reduced, and It's not possible to make it any clearer. The magnification depends on what eyepiece you use; a focuser can not affect the increase. The Barlow Lens can be used with the 25 mm eyepiece.
What is the operating temperature range? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The operating temperature range is from -31 to +95 °F.
How often should I adjust my telescope? Can I do it by myself or only professional can do it? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO Telescope has a factory adjustment and no additional adjustment is necessary.
with all three eyepieces? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The minimum focus distance: 6 - 15 meters.
What is the close focus of this model with the eyepieces SUPER 10 mm, SUPER 25 mm and Plossl 6.3 mm? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The close focus of Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO is 22ft.
What prism should I buy for observing terrestrial objects? Levenhuk Customer Service:
For terrestrial observations you'll need Levenhuk 45-degree Erecting Prism: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/45degree_erect_prisma_levenhuk_7517/
The Plossl 6.3 mm eyepiece has a pretty small eyeglass. Can I buy an eyepiece 6.3 mm but with bigger eyeglass? And if it's possible then which one exactly should I order for this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Eyepiece with a focal length of 6.3 mm is optimal, check out the Levenhuk Super Plossl 6.3 mm Eyepiece: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/ocular-levenhuk-sp-s8-63/
What do I need to buy for terrestrial observations and astrophotography? Levenhuk Customer Service:
For terrestrial observations you will need Levenhuk 45-degree Erecting Prism: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/45degree_erect_prisma_levenhuk_7517/. For astrophotography you can use one of our digital cameras: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/digital-cameras-telescope-all-items/
Should I buy this (http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-let-2mm/) eyepiece for the telescope Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO. Theoretically, the increase will be about 600-fold, does it affect image quality? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The resulting image will be blurred, because the maximum useful magnification of 204x will be exceeded.
1. What is the difference between this model and Skyline PRO 105 MAK except the kit? 2. which one has better optics quality? 3. Why there's such a big difference in weight? 19 lb against 40? Levenhuk Customer Service:
1. These telescopes are analogs. The only difference is the kit. This model comes with an astronomer's handbook "See it all!", Stellarium - 3D planetarium software, space posters set (Moon, Sun and Other Stars, Solar System), planisphere - rotating star chart, 6.3 mm Plossl eyepiece, 2x Barlow lens, set of filters, lunar filter, solar filter, Levenhuk Zongo 60 Telescope Case. The price of the kit (that you will get absolutely free) is about $350. 2. Both models have high-quality optics. 3. This model's weight is 35.1 lbs.
Please help me! It's not clear what eyepiece comes with this telescope: 20 mm or 25 mm - in the description it says 25 mm but in the "specifications" - 20 mm. Thank you! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO comes with SUPER 25 mm eyepiece.
How to use the 6.3 eyepiece? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Insert it into the eyepiece tube.
Hello! I'm new to astronomy and have some problems with choosing a telescope. I would like to buy a telescope for astrophotography. After a long search, my choice fell on this telescope and the Levenhuk Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT MAK model, but also I liked this one: Levenhuk SkyMatic 127 GT MAK. But the last one is too expensive, I can spend only 1000$. This model comes with a rich kit, that cannot be said about the others, but they have an autoguider. Tell me, is it worth it to buy one with an autoguider system or is it better without it? and I should learn how to navigate independently? What telescope should I choose for astrophotography? I live in a city and I'm planning to go to the countryside for my observations. I would like to emphasize the priority of high image quality, I'm going to shoot solar system objects as well as deep-sky distant bodies. Levenhuk Customer Service:
For beginners we recommend telescopes with an autoguider system. These telescopes significantly simplify searching of celestial objects. In the future you can buy accessories separately. more
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