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Skywatcher 150 Mak vs. Celestron 150 OTA

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#1 mr_snout

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:04 PM

I am having to replace my original Nexstar Evo OTA. This might be more if a question of, "What would you do?" rather than a pure comparison of performance. I understand the differences based on reviews, though any feedback would be appreciated.

The Celestron OTA is $399 at Highpoint vs. the Mak at $650 on Amazon. The same Celestron on Amazon is $100 more for some reason. Should I:

1. Just bite the bullet and replace the Celestron.... Pay $399 upfront?
2. I can open a line of credit through HP or whatever their service is- just pay $100 a month.
3. Get the Mak to try something new. It also has a 2 inch diagonal, which would be interesting. I could use Amazon points and this would cost me nothing.
4. I can pay something like $35 a month for 18 months interest free through Amazon and save points for something else..., Like maybe the Evo 9.25 in a year or so.

Edited by mr_snout, 09 October 2019 - 11:07 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:28 PM

The SCT does provide you a wider field of view than the MAK, but the viewing thru the Mak will be much sharper.  

 

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:50 PM

The SCT does provide you a wider field of view than the MAK, but the viewing thru the Mak will be much sharper.

Gary


I am leaning toward the Mak for different equipment and for the better financing options...

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 01:38 AM

If you don't mind a different color scheme (but identical to Sw and orion mak), meade 6 mak could be another option.

https://www.highpoin...assembly-270023

I own it for a couple of months. It gives very pleasing views, very sharp and contrasty.
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Posted 10 October 2019 - 12:19 PM

I am leaning toward the Mak for different equipment and for the better financing options...


What do you observe? I enjoy maks. Love the contrast they give. Longer focal length might limit you with the largest DSOs. But I used my older 6inch Orion with a 35 mm panopticon with only a minute amount of vignetting. The newer versions wit standard 2inch diagonal may have fixed that.

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 12:19 PM

I am leaning toward the Mak for different equipment and for the better financing options...


What do you observe? I enjoy maks. Love the contrast they give. Longer focal length might limit you with the largest DSOs. But I used my older 6inch Orion with a 35 mm panopticon with only a minute amount of vignetting. The newer versions wit standard 2inch diagonal may have fixed that.

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 12:31 PM

If you don't mind a different color scheme (but identical to Sw and orion mak), meade 6 mak could be another option.

https://www.highpoin...assembly-270023

I own it for a couple of months. It gives very pleasing views, very sharp and contrasty.


Hmmm. The link states they're discontinued and out of stock.

#8 mr_snout

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 12:36 PM

What do you observe? I enjoy maks. Love the contrast they give. Longer focal length might limit you with the largest DSOs. But I used my older 6inch Orion with a 35 mm panopticon with only a minute amount of vignetting. The newer versions wit standard 2inch diagonal may have fixed that.

Jmd


I also have an old Meade 8 inch SCT. I would use this as a grab and go scope mainly for use in fairly light polluted skies- most DSOs won't be much of an option.

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 02:11 PM

Hmmm. The link states they're discontinued and out of stock.

Really? Sorry. It looks like mobile version website doesnt tell whether it's out of stock. 



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 02:22 PM

Really? Sorry. It looks like mobile version website doesnt tell whether it's out of stock.


I'm on mobile; Android. Its stated in the Description tab.


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