The AVX was OK and I think would work for visual but I just felt happier with the extra mass of the EQ6. The optical tube is relatively lightweight but I wanted to dabble in longer exposure deep sky imaging so the EQ6 was a better bet for me.
There were a few teething problems that did the rounds on the internet when they were first released but I can remember exactly the same thing when the ED120 was released. There were comments about poorer CA control and less clarity than the ED100 but now its hailed as a great scope.
Its taken years but I've brought and sold most types including Newtonian's and sct's but always seem to come back to refractors. I think they do vary from scope to scope as well. I once owned an APM 152 and I know they get a very good press on this forum but to me the one I had was not as good as the ED150 for several reasons.
I think we all have to decide for ourselves and like most things in life we will never all agree. That's a good thing really as there would be little left for people to get exited about on CN !
Here's another one to throw in the ring. I have read countless comments across the web stating what a person can see or not see with a particular scope. I personally think its a bit subjective because we never seem to consider the major variability in the receptor, the mark one eyeball ! I think he's a brave man who can claim someone else cannot possibly see this or that with a certain scope. All you can really say is this is what I see and these are the pictures I have taken. I've purchased scopes in the past on recommendation and been thoroughly disappointed and also been really impressed with scopes that are generally considered dodgy. I understand there are physical laws and scientific limits to resolution but I've always seen this as a hobby and we are nearly all amateurs in the end.
In summary, I can say my experience with the ED150 to date has been very good and I hope others have similar. Thanks for the comments. It's great to be able to share these things and think about something else other than the current world events. I've attached a mosaic around Altai scarp taken recently through the ED150. The original has more detail but it gives an idea. Take care.
Edited by Trevor N, 29 June 2020 - 05:12 AM.