Overview of Levenhuk Strike PLUS telescopes
In this review you will find detailed descriptions of telescopes in the Levenhuk Strike PLUS series, the main advantages of these instruments, their distinctive features and some helpful advice on how to choose the right Strike PLUS model suitable for you and your astronomy needs.
All Levenhuk Strike PLUS telescopes are designed for beginning and amateur astronomers and are perfect for kids and teenagers. These telescopes are great for family observations when both children and their parents can enjoy fascinating views of the starry sky. Levenhuk Strike PLUS telescopes come with even more additional accessories than telescopes from the popular Levenhuk Strike NG series, the junior series in the Levenhuk Strike product line. Let’s take a look at what is included in the extensive kit of Levenhuk Strike PLUS telescopes.
The kit is far more advanced than you would expect
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The series includes two Newtonian reflectors and one refractor.
So what are the differences between models?
Let’s take a closer look at telescopes and their mounts.
Levenhuk Strike 135 PLUS:
Levenhuk Strike 115 PLUS:
Levenhuk Strike 90 PLUS:
As you can see, telescopes feature different mount types. The most powerful and functional mount comes with Strike 135 PLUS telescope, senior model, which allows you to undertake the most serious observations. Optical tubes of reflecting models (Strike 115 PLUS and Strike 135 PLUS) are mounted on equatorial mounts, which with the addition of a clock drive allows you to capture stunning astronomical landscapes with a special digital camera for telescopes or a common SLR camera.
While reflectors are mounted on more advanced equatorial mounts, junior refracting model Strike 90 PLUS is designed for the youngest astronomer and therefore comes with an easy-to-use and lightweight azimuth mount. This mount is simple and weighs almost nothing, making Strike 90 PLUS a great grab-and-go instrument. Equatorial mounts are equipped with counterweights; that’s why each reflector together with mount and tripod weighs an extra 11 pounds as compared to the assembled Strike 90 PLUS. All models in the series, refracting and reflecting, are equipped with rack-and-pinion focusers.
Now let’s compare specifications and capabilities of telescope models in the series.
Levenhuk Strike PLUS Telescopes Comparison Table
|Optical design||Newtonian reflector||Newtonian reflector||refractor|
|Objective lens diameter (aperture)||135 mm||114 mm||90 mm|
|Focal length||900 mm||900 mm||600 mm|
|Optics coating||fully multi-coated||fully multi-coated||fully multi-coated|
|Highest practical power||210x||157x||135x|
|Limiting stellar magnitude||12.75||12.4||11.87|
|Focuser||rack-and-pinion, 1.25"||rack-and-pinion, 1.25"||rack-and-pinion, 1.25"|
|Eyepiece barrel diameter||1.25’’||1.25’’||1.25’’|
|Eyepieces||KF 25, PL 10 mm, 7.5-22 mm||KF 25, PL 10 mm, 7.5-22 mm||H20, F6 mm, 6.5-21 mm|
|Finderscope||Red Dot||Red Dot||Red Dot|
|Mount||German equatorial EQ3||German equatorial EQ1||AZ|
|Package weight||32 lbs||32 lbs||19.9 lbs|
|Dimensions||38 x 19.1 x 12.8 in.||38.8 x 16.8 x 10.8 in.||15.7 x 7.9 x 31.5 in.|
Levenhuk Strike PLUS Telescopes test
|Telescope model||Test images||Results|
|Levenhuk Strike 135 PLUS||Excellent|
|Levenhuk Strike 115 PLUS||Excellent|
|Levenhuk Strike 90 PLUS||Good|
So which model to choose?
Your choice of the right model from this series should be directly related to your existing experience and skills of operating astronomy equipment, your desired observed objects and also your requirements for size and weight of the instrument.
Levenhuk Strike 90 PLUS is great for those who are looking for a very lightweight and easy-to-use telescope for visual observations. The short focal length of this model makes it especially useful when observing starfields. If you buy this telescope for your child, you certainly won’t regret it, because the amazing views of the Moon, planets and stars are sure to capture your child’s interest. One more advantage of this instrument is the ability to transform it into a powerful spotting scope with the addition of 45-degree erecting prism.
Levenhuk Strike 115 PLUS is designed for those who are taking their first steps in stargazing and is also recommended for teenagers interested in astronomy. Strike 115 PLUS model is only slightly less powerful than its older brother, Levenhuk Strike 135 PLUS. With this telescope you will be able to not only visually observe the Moon, Solar System planets and large globular clusters, but also capture amazing views of the night sky and try your hand in planetary astrophotography (note that additional equipment such as a telescope camera and motor drive are required).
Levenhuk Strike 135 PLUS is for those who want to get the most from their first telescope. This model is the largest Newtonian reflector in the series and equipped with a reliable and advanced EQ-3 equatorial mount. Visual observations with this instrument are not limited to just Solar System objects. With Strike 135 PLUS you will also be able to observe star clusters, nebulae, binary stars and comets. A large 135-mm primary mirror collects enough light to allow you to peak into even the farthest reaches of the universe. This telescope together with clock drive and camera for telescope is also able to open up an amazing world of planetary astrophotography for you. Even with just your SLR camera you will be able to capture the most beautiful night landscapes; for example, photos of the Milky Way are absolutely breathtaking.
Levenhuk Strike PLUS series is recommended for a wide range of amateur astronomers. Thanks to the extended kit of additional accessories, you will be able to start observations right away. These telescopes are a great choice for ambitious beginners who strive to get the best observational experience without wasting any time.
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