I am planning to buy a small telescope to my country house, to complement a S-W ST-80 with an AZ-3 that I have there. I also have a sturdy Photo Tripod (6 kg payload for the head/mount, and 12 kg payload for the tripod) to use for mounting.
Due to a rather limited budget (nowadays I am retired) my choice is a S-W SkyMax-127 Mak, for which I also have an Intes Micro 0.6x Telecompressor (which I think is 2" though, so maybe it cannot be used here).
Yes, I do have a lot of Astro gear at home, at my permanent, every day place, but I would rather not (for certain reasons) like to split the "kit" I have here (and transporting, back and forth, is out of the question).
Thus, my choise is the SkyMax-127 Mak, and a few Eye Pieces, and a Tele Vue 2x Barlow. Yes, a better Diagonal, and a good Amici Prism too...
And yes, a SkyMax-150 (also including a bigger mount) would (at this point) be beyond my budget, and it would have been a better choice, but I hope to be able in the future to (possibly) get a third scope to my country house.
(Maybe I can one day finalize this with an 8" SCT or Dob...)
There seems to be a possibility though that the SkyMax-127 comes with a 2" Diagonal, which it, for some reason, does not (or did not) allways do.
Sky-Watcher at their Global site, http://www.skywatche...bk-mak127-otaw/, and Sky-Watcher USA, http://www.skywatche...cher-skymax-127, DO advertise a 2" Diagonal and connection.
In Sweden though, and in Europe, I do not know where to go, or to look, to find anything else but a 1,25" connection here.
Is this because retailers would like to "sell out" their old versions first, before offering the new one ?
Strangely enough though you could find the OTA with the new green dovetail, but still with a 1,25" Diagonal...
Does anybody know, if there is a recent (permanent) change here to the bigger Diagonal, and what about the (true optical) Aperture that (according to some) used to be less than 127 mm ?
I have read that that limited Aperture has been upgraded, is that so ?
If so, what should I look for, in order to know if I am buying an upgraded version ?
What do you say ?
Thank you very much !
Clear Skies to you,
Edited to specify links.
Edited by Nordic_man, 19 April 2019 - 07:39 AM.