JMI Telescopes

8550 West 14th Ave., Lakewood, CO 80215


Sean Walker

JMI updates its flagship Newtonian reflector, the NGT-18 ($14,995). This 18-inch f/4.5 Newtonian features a lightweight, open truss-tube design with a low-profile, split-ring equatorial mount. The mount features a 36-inch-diameter drive ring and heavy-duty 2-inch ball bearings on both declination axes for smooth yet accurate slewing. The split-ring mount places the eyepiece at only 76 inches from the ground when pointed toward the zenith. Its included StellarCAT ServoCAT Jr. Track/GOTO drives are combined with an Argo Navis NGC-superMAX Go To computer, which provides more than 29,000 objects to observe in its extensive database. Weighing a total of 245 pounds (111 kg), the NGT-18 breaks down into multiple components, with the heaviest section weighing 75 pounds. A 9×50mm finderscope and JMI EV-2n 2-inch motorized focuser are also included with purchase. See additional details on the manufacturer’s website.'s New Product Showcase is a reader service featuring innovative equipment and software of interest to amateur astronomers. The descriptions are based largely on information supplied by the manufacturers or distributors. Sky & Telescope assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of vendors statements. For current price and additional information contact the manufacturer or distributor. Announcements should be sent to Not all announcements will be listed.


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