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Pinbout
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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Tony~M]
      #5707644 - 03/01/13 07:09 PM

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Can't beat that price for a 6" scope with a 2" focuser.




well my SW 130/615 was $60,




and it's almost parabolic...




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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5707647 - 03/01/13 07:12 PM

What a great price, hard to beat $60 for a real telescope. That is 50 times less expensive than a 130mm refractor, is it 50 times less useful? lol

Later,
Tony


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Tony~M]
      #5709091 - 03/02/13 04:24 PM

Wow! One nice thing about a scope this size: you can even just put it in your lap and scan the skies with a wide-field eyepiece. A friend has one of the ES MakNewts mounted as a ‘finder’ on his 22-inch Dob.

If I didn’t already have my ATM 6” F/5 with a moonlight focuser, I’d order one of these. My scope was built around an old commercial mirror set that was not very good. OWL re-figured it for me for a reasonable price with a very short turn-around. However, I bet I have a lot more than $190 invested.


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Tony~M]
      #5709305 - 03/02/13 06:27 PM

Is the 6 X 30 straight through finder correct image or mirror image?

Thanks.


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Tony~M
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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5709422 - 03/02/13 07:33 PM

Did not get it yet. Ordered it yesterday. Will get back to you when I receive it.

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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Tony~M]
      #5709471 - 03/02/13 07:57 PM

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is it 50 times less useful? lol






I put it up to my tv genesis that it's next. looking at saturn it was only a little softer. I was realy suprised at the magification it took.

so $60 compared to tv genesis could go for $950 but when original how much was it?


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5710668 - 03/03/13 01:29 PM

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Is the 6 X 30 straight through finder correct image or mirror image?

Thanks.




Not a correct image but an upside-down image, not sure if it is mirror image but I never considered using it anyways.


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Starman81]
      #5712293 - 03/04/13 11:03 AM

The 6x30 finder looks like the same that is supplied on many Celestron, Orion and SkyWatcher telescopes. It produces an inverted image, same orientation as in a refractor without the diagonal or in a Newt. The image is just turned 180 degrees.

Mike


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5712302 - 03/04/13 11:10 AM

Well, I ordered one of these 6" OTA's this past Saturday night. I've been looking for a 6" f/5 Newt with a 2" focuser for a long time. I want to maximize the aperture and ease of portability and minimize the weight and cool-down time for a grab-n-go scope. I define grab-n-go as one trip out the door, telescope on mount. Anything else is not really grab-n-go.

I also like the image orientation in a Newt: inverted. Ideally, I'd want the natural orientation, but that is difficult to accomplish optimally except for binoculars. I don't like a reversed image as in a refractor+diagonal, Mak or SCT.

The fact that the Woodland Hills vendor verified that these XLT 150's are shipping with a 2" Crayford closed the deal for me.

Looks like I might be selling my 130mm f/5 Newt soon.

Maybe I'll do a three-way shootout among my 6" f/5 Newt, 6" f/12 Mak and 6" f/15 SCT. It's difficult to justify keeping all three now.


Mike


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5712323 - 03/04/13 11:23 AM

Get this from the ad patter for the Omni XLT 150:

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Using aspheric shaping technology in conjunction with hand-figuring the optics, the Omni XLT presents an image with virtually no spherical abberation.




A fancy-shmancy way of saying the primary is parabolic.


Mike


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5712756 - 03/04/13 03:37 PM

Is anyone or has anyone use this scope to image with and if so, How well did it do?

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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Night2Fire]
      #5712839 - 03/04/13 04:22 PM

Several Danish imagers use 6" f/5 dobs and they do very well indeed. You need a coma corrector, of course, like for any other f/5 newtonian.

This image, for example: http://www.astronomibladet.dk/images/stories/aktivastronomi/m81-m82.ed1.jpg

is taken with a Sky-Watcher Explorer 150 on an EQ-3 mount with a Canon EOS500D, by danish amateur Henrik Rosenørn. The Explorer 150 is virtually identical to the Celestron Omni XLT 150.


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Starman81]
      #5715613 - 03/05/13 11:32 PM

Oh, that's tempting. I berate myself for selling my Omni 150 for some pittance a few years ago, and I'd be happy to have one back.

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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Joe Bergeron]
      #5715716 - 03/06/13 12:55 AM

Quote:

Oh, that's tempting. I berate myself for selling my Omni 150 for some pittance a few years ago, and I'd be happy to have one back.




Joe, I enjoyed reading your excellent review of the Omni XLT 150 (old focuser version) while I waited for mine to arrive in the mail. The comparison versus the Astro-Physics 155 f/9 EDT was enlightening. Also, you're right about that faux-Pentax freebie EP that comes with the scope--it's not too shabby!


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Starman81]
      #5716351 - 03/06/13 01:05 PM

Thanks. Maybe I'll have an addendum for my review soon.

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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Joe Bergeron]
      #5717350 - 03/06/13 09:51 PM

Orion discontinued their 6in imaging newt.
It had 2in crayford with fine focuser and built-in extension tube.

Try using WO binoviewers with the newt.
Nice comet scanner.


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: waso29]
      #5717389 - 03/06/13 10:10 PM

I'm trying really hard to convince myself that I don't need this scope.

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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: coopman]
      #5717396 - 03/06/13 10:14 PM

I also noticed that the WH website's description of the scope has not been revised yet.

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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: coopman]
      #5717401 - 03/06/13 10:16 PM

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I'm trying really hard to convince myself that I don't need this scope.




I already have the C6- N and I did it!


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Re: Finally--a stock 6" f/5 w/2" focuser--Omni XLT 150 new [Re: Locoman]
      #5717645 - 03/07/13 01:56 AM

Interesting! This looks like it would be a great grab and go scope. I don't have any mount for it.

What would be a good but simple mount for this scope? Something like the mount in the op photo? What is that one?


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