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Levenhuk Skyline and Skyline PRO telescopes

One of the reasons Levenhuk telescopes are so popular - apart from the renowned high quality of their products - is the scope of their product range. Whatever you are looking for: an entry model for starting out your journeys through space, a professional telescope to study the deepest reaches of the sky, or astrophotography equipment - they have it.

Levenhuk Skyline telescopes

Skyline series includes achromatic refractors and Newtonian telescopes. The Skyline series is for those who need a practical, reliable and portable telescope for amateur astronomical observations; and both beginners and more experienced astronomers will find it a perfect addition to their equipment. Levenhuk has included something for everyone in this series: Skyline 70x700 AZ refractor for planetary observations, Skyline 130x900 EQ reflector for study of deep-sky objects, as well as a Skyline 120x1000 EQ reflector that will perform equally well during both. Besides, Skyline refractors on altazimuth mounts may also be used for terrestrial observations or as a long-focus lens of your camera. For instance, Skyline 80x400 AZ comes with an erecting prism that provides an upright view, and a T-threaded focuser that you can attach a camera to.

Every model in the Skyline series includes a sturdy tripod with an accessory tray and a reliable mount with slow-motion controls. You can even install a computerized drive system on equatorial mounts for additional comfort during observations. The kit also comes with two eyepieces (10 and 25 mm) and a finderscope, which means that you can start your observations directly after unpacking the telescope. By placing a digital camera directly behind the eyepiece of one of the Skyline telescopes, you can try your hand with astrophotography of the Moon and other bright celestial objects. Or you can attach a camera to one of the refracting telescopes through an adapter.

The spreadsheet below lists the main capabilities of Skyline telescopes.

Comparison of Skyline telescopes

Model
Image
Type
Newtonian telescope
Achromatic refractor
Achromatic refractor
Newtonian telescope
Achromatic refractor
Achromatic refractor
Newtonian telescope
Objective lens diameter, mm
76
70
70
114
80
90
130
Focal length, mm (focal ratio)
700 (f/9.2)
700 (f/10)
900 (f/12.9)
1000 (f/8.8)
400 (f/5)
900 (f/10)
900 (f/6.9)
Mount type
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Equatorial
Equatorial
Altazimuth
Equatorial
Equatorial
Barrel diameter
1.25"
1.25"
1.25"
1.25"
1.25"
1.25"
1.25"
Highest practical power
150x
140x
140x
230x
160x
180x
260x
Observations (most suitable objects for observations are indicated in bold)
The Moon, planets, binary stars, bright deep-sky objects
The Moon, planets, binary stars, bright deep-sky objects
The Moon, planets, binary stars, bright deep-sky objects
The Moon, planets, binary stars, bright deep-sky objects
The Moon, planets, deep-sky objects
The Moon, planets, binary stars, bright deep-sky objects
The Moon, planets, binary stars, bright deep-sky objects
Astrophotography
The Moon and bright planets, through the eyepiece
The Moon and bright planets, through the eyepiece or in direct focus
The Moon and bright planets, through the eyepiece or in direct focus
The Moon and bright planets, through the eyepiece
The Moon, through the eyepiece or in direct focus
The Moon and bright planets, through the eyepiece or in direct focus
The Moon and bright planets, through the eyepiece
Terrestrial observations
Yes
(with an additional erecting eyepiece)
Yes
(mirrored image)
Yes
(mirrored image)
Yes
(with an additional erecting eyepiece)
Yes
Yes
(mirrored image)
Yes
(with an additional erecting eyepiece)

Levenhuk Skyline PRO telescopes

Levenhuk Skyline PRO series was designed for advanced and demanding astronomers and includes a range of models of different types and focal ratios. The one thing in common is maximum precision and reliability during observations and astrophotography, high-quality materials and optics.

Levenhuk Skyline PRO 90 MAK, 105 MAK and 127 MAK are catadioptric telescopes of Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design so they are best suited for planetary observations. However, they still perform quite well during deep-sky observations due to their relatively wide objective lenses.

Skyline PRO telescopes are set up on equatorial mounts, which may be upgraded with computerized drive systems that will in turn make for more comfortable observations and allow you to take stunning long exposure pictures of distant galaxies and nebulae. All the Skyline PRO telescopes (apart from the compact 90 MAK and 105 MAK) allow you to use 2" eyepieces that increase the field of view and provide for brighter astrophotography images. Every model also has a T-threaded focuser, which you can use to attach an SLR-camera to your telescope through a special adapter. Smooth focusing provides for even more precise calibrations during observations. The kit includes a finderscope and a set of eyepieces.

The spreadsheet below lists the main capabilities of Skyline PRO telescopes.

Comparison of Skyline PRO telescopes

Model
Image
Type
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Objective lens diameter, mm
90
102
127
Focal length, mm (focal ratio)
1250 (f/13.9)
1300 (f/12.8)
1500 (f/11.8)
Mount type
Equatorial
Equatorial
Equatorial
Barrel diameter
1.25"
1.25"
1.25", 2"
Highest practical power
180x
200x
250x
Observations (most suitable objects for observations are indicated in bold)
The Moon, planets, binary stars, deep-sky objects
The Moon, planets, binary stars, deep-sky objects
The Moon, planets, binary stars, deep-sky objects
Astrophotography (most suitable objects for observations are indicated in bold)
The Moon and planets, through the eyepiece or in direct focus, bright deep-sky objects in direct focus
The Moon and planets, through the eyepiece or in direct focus, bright deep-sky objects in direct focus
The Moon and planets, through the eyepiece or in direct focus, deep-sky objects in direct focus
Terrestrial observations
Yes (with an additional erecting eyepiece)

Different Levenhuk Skyline or Skyline PRO telescopes may be used for a number of purposes, whether amateur stargazing or long exposure astrophotography of dim deep-sky objects. Beginner and professional astronomers alike will find a model that suits their needs perfectly in the Levenhuk product range.