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Mike Wiles
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Reged: 02/04/09

Loc: Goodyear, AZ
Re: Which 152mm Refractor? Somewhat theoretical.. new [Re: spongebob@55]
      #5653927 - 01/31/13 09:40 AM

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Its too early in the morning, so sorry for the rant, but we need to have a magazine or an individual do a shoot out.




I have a small group of guys that I observe with who are all significantly better observers than I. We already have plans for an early April observing session under the magnitude 7.5+ dark skies of Portal, Arizona. There, the ED152 will get its shot to go toe to toe with a really nice example of a TEC140. Stay tuned for a full writeup.

I think the reason that no one has seen any real reviews for these scopes is that they're just starting to appear. ES has been showing up at NEAF for a couple of years with a prototype, but they're just now getting into the showrooms and the hands of the end user. Optically, I haven't had a chance to look through mine or image with it yet. Mechanically, it's a very nice telescope. There are a couple of minor things that I don't really like about it - and I'll touch on those in my first light report.

Mike


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spongebob@55
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Reged: 12/26/11

Loc: Bergen Co. New Jersey
Re: Which 152mm Refractor? Somewhat theoretical.. new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5654311 - 01/31/13 01:19 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Its too early in the morning, so sorry for the rant, but we need to have a magazine or an individual do a shoot out.




I have a small group of guys that I observe with who are all significantly better observers than I. We already have plans for an early April observing session under the magnitude 7.5+ dark skies of Portal, Arizona. There, the ED152 will get its shot to go toe to toe with a really nice example of a TEC140. Stay tuned for a full writeup.

I think the reason that no one has seen any real reviews for these scopes is that they're just starting to appear. ES has been showing up at NEAF for a couple of years with a prototype, but they're just now getting into the showrooms and the hands of the end user. Optically, I haven't had a chance to look through mine or image with it yet. Mechanically, it's a very nice telescope. There are a couple of minor things that I don't really like about it - and I'll touch on those in my first light report.

Mike





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Gordon8452
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Reged: 01/29/13

Loc: Plattsburgh, NY
Re: Which 152mm Refractor? Somewhat theoretical.. new [Re: spongebob@55]
      #5665988 - 02/06/13 08:50 PM

I have just received my Esprit 150ED today. I won't have a chance to observe with it for awhile since I don't have a suitable mount for it yet. It took a considerable amount of tracking down from shops in Canada and most of them didn't have it in stock and couldn't get one until April. There was duty on it importing to the US as it's made in China. I still considerate it worth it for the aluminum tube rather than the carbon fiber of the quantum sold here. The build quality is quite nice and the supplied accessories are nice quality as well, but I think that's probably representative of the newer skywatcher stuff as far as what I have been following from others here.

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Scott BeithAdministrator
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Reged: 11/26/03

Loc: Frederick, MD
Re: Which 152mm Refractor? Somewhat theoretical.. new [Re: Gordon8452]
      #5666148 - 02/06/13 10:20 PM

Gordon - Welcome to Cloudy Nights and a BIG congrats on the new scope.

Can you post some photos of your new baby?


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Gordon8452
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Reged: 01/29/13

Loc: Plattsburgh, NY
Re: Which 152mm Refractor? Somewhat theoretical.. new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5666866 - 02/07/13 11:02 AM

I sure can, I'll snap some when I get home from work later. Anything specific you guys want to see? I grab some shots of the OTA as well as the accessories that came with it.

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Scott BeithAdministrator
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Reged: 11/26/03

Loc: Frederick, MD
Re: Which 152mm Refractor? Somewhat theoretical.. new [Re: Gordon8452]
      #5667022 - 02/07/13 12:39 PM

The glass too.

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Gordon8452
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Reged: 01/29/13

Loc: Plattsburgh, NY
Re: Which 152mm Refractor? Somewhat theoretical.. new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5667493 - 02/07/13 05:05 PM

Going to start a new thread so as not to hijack this one any further.

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spongebob@55
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Reged: 12/26/11

Loc: Bergen Co. New Jersey
Re: Which 152mm Refractor? Somewhat theoretical.. new [Re: Gordon8452]
      #5667533 - 02/07/13 05:27 PM

Well, it won't be theorectical for much longer. I ordered an ES 152 Triplet. OMG!!!!!!

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Scott BeithAdministrator
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Reged: 11/26/03

Loc: Frederick, MD
Re: Which 152mm Refractor? Somewhat theoretical.. new [Re: spongebob@55]
      #5667653 - 02/07/13 06:51 PM

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Well, it won't be theorectical for much longer. I ordered an ES 152 Triplet. OMG!!!!!!




Excellent! I want to see pics when it comes in.


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