Skywatcher 120ed ???
Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:08 PM
I've been away from this site and hobby for a bit now, as other things have been consuming my time...and although time is still an issue, I'm getting the urge again.
I sold off all of my Russian triplets/doublets and as much as I would like another high quality scope, the question lingers....Do I need to spend this much for visual only? I realize that the skywatcher mechanics are not as refined as others but if the optics are good, then I'm fine with it.
I just can't justify spending 3X for the TSA120
Has the quality of the lens sets been pretty consistent with Skywatcher ?
Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:36 PM
If I could justify another scope ( to the wife ? ) I would love one .
You wont go wrong with one for the price I think . Lovely scopes .
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Anyway, I own one of the original gold tube ED120's and it's an excellent scope, whatever it's mating element is made from
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This from a Schott press release.
"On March 17, 2008, Suzhou Synta Optical Technology Co., Ltd. and SCHOTT AG signed a contract for a joint branding initiative. This is a key milestone to intensify the cooperation between both companies. Synta, one of the largest Taiwanese manufacturers of Consumer Astronomical telescopes, is based in China. Well known brands,such as SkyWatcher, Celestron and ORION, are some of Synta’sproducts that are mostly sold in NAFTA and European markets. Synta has already been working together with SCHOTT. SCHOTT is the preferred material supplier, especially for its high end products and with the branding partnership with SCHOTT, Synta can emphasize its high quality standards. SCHOTT,on the other hand, will gain wider recognition among telescope users and strengthen global brand and product portfolio awareness.“We are proud that we could intensify our cooperation with Synta, a reliable and promising branding partner, through signing this contract. The agreementis a win-win situation for bothparties,” states Dr. Johannes Hain, Executive Vice President, Business Unit Advanced Materials. Currently, this agreement covers the joint branding of 4 products,which will be co-branded with the logo - “contains SCHOTT optical glass”. SCHOTT is also looking into new options to expand the scope of co-branded products and to intensify the cooperation of both companies, by offering additional value added solutions".
All the past and present Synta ED doublets have FPL-53 and Schott mating glass.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:49 AM
Wilsonman; How do you like your 100ED? Pros and Cons of it.
The Sky Watcher 100 ED is a great scope. Admittedly, I've never used a TAK, WO or Televue. For strictly visual use, I doubt any of them are meaningfully better in terms of the image quality and I can't see spending substantially more for a 4" scope. Some people have felt it necessary to switch to an 'upgrade' focuser, but again, I'm happy with the one that came with my SW. I understand why people do this with the 6" F/8 achros- the supplied focussing units with the 6" Meade and the Celestron C-6 aren't very good. I will likely never buy another 4" refractor since the SW is a "keeper."
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:08 PM
I felt the optics were ok but the color correction was below average compared to other doublet semi-apos I owned.
I recently purchased a used Explore Scientific es127 ed triplet and the optics and color correction are in a different league then the sw120.
Color correction is close or maybe equal to my tv-np101 which had no color, ZERO.
The es will sell for slightly more new or used then the sw120, but the difference is worth it, imo.