Thanks gustavo. Did you have any other scopes to compare it to? It sounds like a solid scope and pretty much in line price wise with other offerings.
Also, have you used it visually? I wouldn't be doing AP.
The X2 is overkill for visual. You don’t need two ED lenses just for visual. Save some money and buy a Vixen. The price drop does put it lower than a TV85 at least. With the X2 you are paying for a second ED lens that you don’t need. With the TV or a Tak you are paying for premium quality and name brand reputation. Maybe the X2 is as sharp as a TV85? Maybe not. Certainly with the Vixen you are getting fantastic optics at a much lower price. Focuser might not be as good as X2 but works well for visual.
Ultimately you have a certain amount of money to spend. Say $2000 it would appear. A Vixen, TV or Tak doublet will give near perfect CA correction for visual use with two lenses, one ED. The X2 has three lenses, two ED. Clearly designed for maximum CA control for imagers. So do you want to spend your money on CA overkill or premium quality optics? If the X2 is offering two ED lenses at that price, they don’t have as much left over to spend on quality figure and polish.
Ok now the argument for the X2. By getting CA overkill you get a faster F ratio and potentially wider views. Also, if you assume that the current price is a reflection of poor sales and trying to liquidate some inventory rather than the true cost of manufacturing, the X2 could be similar optical quality as Tak, TV or Vixen. But no way to know for sure.
Ok this is nitpicking but look at that picture of the X2 in the case. To fit it in the case you have to remove the dovetail bar, slide the rings together and slide the dew shield down. Not exactly grab and go! Now when you are spending an hour setting up everything for a long exposure AP session maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal. But a major hassle if you just want to quickly pull a scope out for a quick look. That being said you can always toss the case and get a padded bag instead, but now you are paying for something else you don’t need.
Edited by SeattleScott, 16 September 2020 - 11:42 AM.