I'm not a novice but couldn't resist buying one of these scopes to have a good play with and use as a guick look scope.
I had a fine 150mm skywatcher on an eq3 a few years back and recall the optics were very good albeit with better eyepieces etc.
Its arrived and I've had an initial play some thoughts hey its a cheap scope
-finder is very cheap but I suppose only needs to find 2 stars and thats it but its really just rubbish and will be thrown away.
-focuser is cheaper than earlier version a bit stiff but does the job
-primary mirror is nonadjustable but collimation is spot on.
-eyepieces supplied are very average with field curvature and coma a real issue. I'll be parting with these they are 62 degrees but should be about 40 the edge is that bad in both the 23 and 10mm.
-seems to point well and has similar software to my eq6AZ easy to use off the mark so to speak.
-tripod seemed to me to look a tad flimsy but is stronger ie more rigid than it looks a bit of a surprise there.
views with very average eyepieces ok only gives me 30 x and 75 x. Field curvature or coma on the moon is bad even at 75 X the 10mm eyepiece is that bad.
Went to a williams optics 7mm 82 degree and the views were greatly improved Excellent startest when cooled no sign of zones and virtually identical each side of focus plus a real snap into focus.
Jupiter at only 107 times showed plenty and showed lots of promise cloud stopped any further viewing tother than the moon antares and jupiter.
really simple to use lovely to look at. Lots of plastic for each end of the tube but functional. My old skywatcher 150 was capable of showing great detail on jupiter at 150-180 x and saturn 250 x plus. It was basically every bit as good on the planets as my rather good 5 inch f-9 achromat I hold hopes I have a similar optic here so far so good.
this one does seems to have a good startest I'll give it a chance to do its thing over next few nights and report back.
secondary seems a bit smaller than I recall in the other version which had a 47mm secondary. I'll measure that.
Edited by Stopforths, 25 June 2018 - 03:18 AM.