This year will be 6 years since I bought my SW-120ED. Bought it used from a photographer who thought it would make a nice 900mm Lens.
It was a great price back then, under $K for a pristine scope, most parts never opened.
Initially there was an active thread called, Pimping out your Skywatcher 120ED. That was started 6 years ago. It was a hot topic for a long long time. Probably many people have bought and sold there scopes since then. I never sold mine. It was the Goldie Locks scope for me, not to big, not too small, not too heavy, not too expensive...
6 years later, its still my favorite GoTo midsize refractor. Initially it was suppose to be an interim scope till I found a pristine used TSA-120. That never happened. The few i was interested in were all blemished, nothing I'd wanna own wearing the Takahashi name.
Before my scope was delivered to me, I had already purchased a replacement focuser, the William Optics 2" DDG Crayford Focuser for Synta Refractors - Dual Speed. This is a nice load bearing crayford focuser that has always been pristine, and has never needed an adjustment. It was obviously designed to match these Skywatcher refractors since the colors matched perfectly.
Aside from the focuser, I just ordered a set of 116mm machined tube rings:
Also, I added a Laser and Telrad. Most recently, I added StarSense to my OTA along with a new AVX mount.
Up to this point, I still cant see the scope being replaced. It seems like a great old guy scope also, when my G11 and 152ED are too heavy, so I better keep it since my back is already reminding me about the future.
So getting ready for the new 2020 observing season that will be starting soon, I did my yearly past wax on the OTA last night, and am ready for another awesome year of astronomy.
I'm happy to see the SW-120ED, now the EvoStar is still selling strong.
So what upgrades have you done to your SW-120ED, Anything major like cut the tube down a few inches for a binoviewer? A new Paint job, feathertouch focuser, flocking the dew shield maybe? How long have you had yours? Any upgrades in your future even if its too replace the scope with something different?
Ralph in Sac