I have purposely waited to write my review of my new Skywatcher Evostar 150. I have had the scope out about 7 times for 4 to 5 hours at a time. In very poor seeing and in very good seeing. I have been to Bortle 6, through Bortle 2 skies. So, needless to say, I have had the pleasure to observe with it under very great conditions as well as very poor and everything in between.
I was skeptical to purchase this scope initially. In fact, I believe I have a few posts somewhere on CN indicating that I was excited about the possibility of the scope but was nervous due to some of the negative reactions (shame on me for believing any of this... I should know better!). After having the privilege of looking through a sample and seeing an amazing Jupiter and Wild Duck, I was sold. I decided to purchase one for myself.
I hear all this crap on this forum (sorry if I anger some of you, not my intent) about the disappointment in not knowing the glass type. Well, I am sure some of you have read Daniel Mounsey's expert opinion on the scope https://telescopes.n...atcher-evostar/ ... I can second that opinion with my 150. At the eyepiece, REGARDLESS OF THE GLASS USED, what do the objects look like? That is ALL that counts when using the scope visually (I am a visual observer ONLY).
First and foremost, I believe that the figure of the glass is what makes this scope a winner. My star test is nearly perfect. Simply amazing. So, what does that equate to at the eyepiece? Well, Saturn at 400x CLEAR, CRISP and photo like. In fact, my buddy Darren, with 30+ years experience was cursing like a sailor because the image was simply much more than what was expected. Encke Ring was clearly defined. M51 was almost too good to be true. Approximately the same detail of my C8 on M51... but due to the contrast, I would take the Evo150 view over my C8 anyday. At the bortle 2 site (Walker Pass, CA), the bridge was visible and quite a bit of definition was present. The contrast is just unbelievable. The Swan, even without a filter was fantastic. With a UHC (thanks Starman!), it was even better. Same with the Lagoon. M22 and M13... who says you need 8 inches of aperture to come to life? I can tell you that these globs excel in this scope. M24 REALLY blew me away. I could see the dark nebula in the star field. M31, 32, and 110 were simply fantastic. Double stars were an absolute pleasure. Izar, 70 Oph, and many others were breathtaking. Open Clusters just kick butt in this scope. The Double Cluster was mesmerizing and ET made me want to phone home!
This is a great planetary, double star, and deep sky scope. Contrast, contrast, contrast! Deep, dark backgrounds! Many objects look 3D.
Also, the scope is VERY light for its size. Rides my CEM60 really well. About a 2 to 3 second dampening time at HIGH mag which is acceptable to me. This is due to the fact that the EVO150 is over 51" in length with diagonal.
However, there are a few negatives or trade offs with this type of scope. A 6 inch F8 refractor is BIG!!!!! That means having an adjustable viewing chair that sits nearly on the ground is essential for viewing objects near zenith. Also, I had a Takahashi FC100DF before, and the build quality is definitely many steps up. Mine does not have a rotating focuser. I have to continuously rotate the diagonal... not a huge deal, but still an inconvenience. I will add a rotating FT or Moonlite, but the standard focuser works great. Folks, the 2250 pays for the views. The mechanics, while completely adequate, are not Takahashi like. But, that was to be expected!
In the end, I would put the views produced by this scope, as Daniel said, against any 5 - 6 inch apo/ed and it would be tough to tell the differences in image quality. In fact, I am confident that my EVOSTAR will outperform many of the big guns.
I am very let down at the individuals bashing Skywatcher and the EVO150. Obviously these individuals have not looked through the scopes and analyzed the superb images. Do me a favor people, until you look through one or two of these fine scopes multiple times, in multiple conditions, keep your negative opinions to yourself. This product... at least the 2 I have seen, have put up AMAZING images! This is coming from a former Takahashi refractor owner.
Finally, I will save the best for last... IN FOCUS, I HAVE NOT NOTICED ANY OBJECTIONABLE FALSE COLOR! I think at about $2250, this scope is going to revolutionize the game. Thank you Skywatcher for putting out an amazing product I am proud to look through and show off!
This is my new favorite scope. I actually enjoy using it just a wee bit more than my 18 Obsession UC (that is saying a LOT)!