I have an earlier version of the SW 102/F5. Same tube cosmetics as the current one. So far it has been my favorite Grab-n-Go scope. It came with an earlier version of the current Alt/az mount - only difference is how the tube rings mount to the tripod. The tripod design sucks in my view - to many movements to zenith and the mount loosens allowing the scope to plop about. I have mine mounted on a ES Twilight Nano mount which handles it nicely.
The OTA on the other hand is nice. Typical Synta achro refractor. Since I'm not a Moonie - I haven't used it for Lunar - I'm sure there's the typical achro color though. Nice views of Jupiter and Saturn - no false color evident to me. I just recently found a dark site close to home but I'm waiting for the new moon in order to explore more DSO's other than what I can see in my 5/6 backyard. The one thing I haven't been able to do is split Epsilon Lyrae into 2 pairs, but that maybe due to seeing conditions from home.
I stripped the stock focuser to clean/remove the gnarly factory grease, regreased it with Super Lube, and adjusted it. I can now move it in 1mm increments.
As far as eyepieces, I've mainly been using it with a Meade 4000 26mm and the ParadigmED 12 mm both alone and barlowed. As well as a Russell Optics 2" 18mm SW Konig XL both alone and barlowed. Monday, I have an ES52 10mm showing up - so hopefully, clouds permitting, it will get to try the SW102 with it this week. It is a fast scope - most eyepiece designs have artifacts at the edges, but it has been sharp on axis. Telvue, Pentax, Baader Morpheus, and the like are too rich far my blood right now.
If finances allowed it, I would replace it with a 102ED, but right now it's my only 4" refractor.
Edited by kksmith, 22 September 2019 - 05:08 AM.