Some random thoughts...
Oh, it took 14" of apeture, but that is the point. You can get a bigger SCT for the price of a refractor or other botique telescopes and get the same result.
Daniel compared his botique telescope ($11,000 on the used market) to a $1300 telescope and golly gee, his scope won and based on this he says that DKs are better.
Of course Danial could not be fair about it and try to find a similarly priced mass produced DK to do his comparisons with.
Only when he can find a similarly priced mass produced DK to compare to similar sized apeture SCT of similar quality will his result be anything close to useful for people.
Otherwise it is an a deeply flawed indictment of SCTs and one that I think is safest to ignore because of the total unfairness of the comparison..
I disagree, Eddgie, it's neither fair nor unfair, it's just a comparison. And frankly, a comparison of equal aperture scopes is much more interesting and relevant to me than the typical "my 14" SCT beats the pants off a 5" refractor" comparisons usually seen here. Sure, you can outgun the DK with brute aperture for less money with an SCT but if price/aperture is considered a dob would win the comparison anyway.
It would be nice to have someone like Roland or Yuri build an SC with hand crafted mirrors and corrector and active cooling so that those proverbial apples we all talk about could be used.
That would be nice, David, if such a scope existed. Not sure that comparing the DK to an imaginary scope is more "fair."
Get a top flight veteran observer with his skills hoaned and that sct well just about see God.
My complaint is that the comparison reads like a review by a wine connoisseur rather than a scientific performance assessment.
Like almost every comparison and review here on CN it is a subjective report, not a lab measurement.
Anything negative said about SCT’s is going to backfire, that is guaranteed, if you are brave enough to post anything criticizing SCT’s, do it quick and run for cover.
Vahe, I remember talking with Ed Ting after he published the Tak FS152 vs AP 155 shootout and right before he put up the Tak FCT150 vs AP 155 report. He knew he would get roasted by the Tak fans, said he was putting on his asbestos suit. Nobody likes to see their favorite ox gored.