I am about to pull the trigger on either the Stellarvue Access 80mm Super ED $699 or the Sky-watcher Pro ED 80mm $649. It will be for astrophotography use only. I will be using a dslr. These are both doublets and both have FPL-53 glass. The difference I see is the SV is f7 and has a 2.5" focuser and the SW is f7.5 and has a 2" focuser. The SW comes with a diagonal and fiberscope also. I know it comes with ex's but I already have those but you can never have too many of those.
Cost wise if add a finder scope to the SV (as I already have a TV 2" diagonal ) the costs are about $100 more for the SV.
Am I wrong to assume that my current TV diagonal will fit the SV?
This will be my first entry into imaging. I will be doing it with my wife who is a pro photographer so she understands the technical aspects of the camera, but she also understands that land/portrait photos are not deep sky. We plan to do planetary and so's. I will use backyard eos. A very experienced friend of mine suggested the SW as it comes with the accessories and both scopes are Chinese made.
For me there is a lot of favorable reviews for both, especially the SV's. It seems people either love them or hate them. I know there will some trade-offs imaging with a doublet vs triplet but it seems like a good place to start. Look forward to your opinions and any other suggestions.
Joe in Mobile