Un-boxing, initial impressions and some weight testing.
First light is still off here, but I finally got to explore and examine my new SW 100ED f/9.
All components in the carry case were properly sealed, save for one lose item: The focuser lock screw. 8x50 finder, nicer than anticipated. I was not going to use the finder, but I think I'll try it out, at least. 2" diagonal seems nice-enough, and has compression rings for both 2" and 1.25". I'll try it out. Opitical tube is free of blemishes, and free of internal debris chunks. There is some small fuzzies within the tube, typical in my opinion (and a lot less than in my other scopes...). Glass surfaces seem to free of issue, all looks very good. I'll give the oculars a spin or two, just to see. However, the SW 5mm I assume is directly related to my BST 5mm Starguider...Still, a nice ocular. Tube and rings all seemed well, and as a unit as a whole, very nice and very new. Not a return.
Next, testing the "dreaded" focuser. (Now keep in mind where I come from in regards to all of the telescopes I have or had...)
Smooth, all of the way in and all of the way out; smooth. No tightening, no grinding nor any looseness. Wow, the focusing tube does not "wiggle" like all of my other refractor focuser tubes. This SW focuser unit is not loose, very snug but does not bind...all of the way in and out. So far, this is the BEST focuser I all ever used at this point.
Okay, time to add some ocular and diagonal weight, along with some dangerous angles (indoors and over a lot of pillows...). I started off big: Orion 2" Twist-lock with ES82 30mm 2" ocular. There is no need to go long with my results; rock-solid with no looseness, grinding, coming lose, slippage and at very disturbing angles and focus lengths. I even shook the rig. Simply put; I could not coax any form of issue with the SW focuser while bearing a hefty load at all. It's as if the tube, focuser, diagonal and ocular were one solid unit. I have never experienced that sensation before with any of my rigs I have used. Now, I am not too thrilled with the two inch focuser set screws with NO compression ring, but It ain't a deal breaker for me, and the set screws did lock down a weighty load... As of this point, I see no reason whatsoever to disassemble the focuser for a tune-up. It is perfect for me as it is!
So, in my opinion the SW focuser is of excellent quality and definitely the best I have used to date. The entire package is of very good quality, fit and finish very good as well.
All of this goodness for $626 USD new, glad I chose this option.
Thank you all for your wisdom, knowledge and experience.
Edited by The Luckster, 03 December 2019 - 03:16 PM.