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#1 Trevor N

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 05:35 PM

Lots of assessment and comment so far about the ED150. The scope I received was very well boxed and looks immaculate. The focusser is smooth and needs no adjustment. Probably undersized, but it rides OK on a  Celestron VX. In fact its much lighter than I thought it would be.  It's always a nervous time when you offer a scope up for first light. Stars at 400x looked text book so I moved over to the moon. The seeing deteriorated slightly during the session but to give an idea I've attached a picture taken with a x2 barlow and imaging source camera. I've imaged this area many times and am very pleased with the detail. I look forward to further sessions. Pleased to say all seems well.

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 06:00 PM

Congrats, that is quite a good scope for sure. Enjoy.

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 06:23 PM

Cheers Mark



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Posted 05 February 2020 - 07:07 PM

400x was easy with my SW150ED on Jupiter.


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 08:31 PM

I got my new AT102ED up to 450x on the Moon the other night -- my APM 152ED has some real competition.

 

I'm not sure when these China-made EDs crossed the Rubicon, but I'm glad that I now have 2 of them.


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 08:43 PM

hi 

I have no doubt that this telescope will give the maximum pleasure to you. Thank you for the photo it is very pretty.


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Posted 06 February 2020 - 04:31 AM

Thanks for the comments. There has been so much conflicting news about the ED150 it was difficult to get a clear picture. I always think the only way is try it yourself ! There have been major debates about glass types, quality control, packaging, focuser quality and other things but so far this seems a gem. I own a range of SW pro refractors and have been very pleased with them all. As we all know, its very much a law of diminishing returns and I have been amazed what can be seen and imaged with the ED100. I'm sure there is variability between scopes but I've not had a problem with Skywatcher yet. I guess there is a tendency for us all to hear about the ones that go wrong. I briefly owned another make of 150 which is often praised on several forums but this one equals if not surpasses that example so I'm happy. Attached another pic taken on the same night. I wonder what it will do with Mars and deep sky imaging ?? Should keep me busy ! All good fun.

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 05:25 AM

Apart from the ones that had suffered from packaging and shipment issues I've yet to read about a bad sample. The performance level seems actually solid and consistent since the aforementioned issues were sorted out. Very happy with mine too. 


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Posted 06 February 2020 - 06:46 AM

I have had 5 SW scopes and all have been great.


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Posted 06 February 2020 - 07:57 AM

I have the 4 Equinox EDs, no disappointments, the 120 is extremely capable. It takes a Tak to beat it.  



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Posted 06 February 2020 - 09:45 AM

I have the SW150ED that Chas used to own.  I just DPAC tested it last night.  Here is the image.  I've used 600x on the moon on good nights.  It is one nice telescope, especially with the Moonlight focuser.  The price/performance ratio is outstanding.

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 05:38 AM

Excellent Lunar images. Skywatcher are making really excellent scopes at an affordable price.

I remember some the rubbish that was on the market 50 years ago. I think that Skywatcher coming

into the market place have really moved things forward for us amateurs. Long may they continue with

the excellent products.  


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#13 Trevor N

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 02:02 PM

I never thought I'd own a 6" ED refactor. I'm very pleased with the results so far. I understand they had a few teething troubles when the scope first came out with packaging and a few with collimation issues but this one seems fine. I'm not bothered about glass type if these are the results.

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 04:01 PM

Nice pictures, Trevor N.



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Posted 07 February 2020 - 04:38 PM

Thanks. I always like imaging the moon. The lighting is never the same.


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Posted 07 February 2020 - 08:14 PM

So good to hear that the ED150 has now turned out to be a really good 150 refractor Trevor. Thanks for posting your views on your example smile.gif

 

I was sent two of the very 1st ones in the UK to have a look at and the packaging and (possible) objective cell retaining ring issue rather spoiled that experience for me so I'd like to try one again now that these initial teething issues have been sorted out.

 

Was your an Es Reid checked example by the way ?

 

Your images are superb smile.gif


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#17 Trevor N

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 03:19 AM

Thanks John. As far as I’m aware this was delivered straight from OVL near Bury St Edmunds and had no checks. The foam packaging inside the box and inside the aluminium case was very good. There was one small dent in the outer cardboard but nothing else. 
I read your very detailed first light reports and it’s a shame things were not as they should be with the early models. The same happened with the Lunt Scopes I seem to remember.
I think you would be impressed now John. 


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Posted 08 February 2020 - 10:09 AM

I have the SW150ED that Chas used to own.  I just DPAC tested it last night.  Here is the image.  I've used 600x on the moon on good nights.  It is one nice telescope, especially with the Moonlight focuser.  The price/performance ratio is outstanding.

I knew it was a good scope.


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Posted 08 February 2020 - 10:26 AM

Nice pics! I too, have the sw 150 ed. I haven't had many good nights of seeing since purchase but look forward to many nights with the scope. I liked it so well that I picked up its little sister-the 100 mm ed. 



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Posted 08 February 2020 - 12:07 PM

Sounds like Skywatcher has another winner under their belt.  I have always been a fan of, and use Skywatcher telescopes. 

 

Their refractors are particularly great to use and have fun with.

 

Nice pictures with the 150!


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Posted 09 February 2020 - 01:05 PM

Sadly in the UK, there is only the lower spec model imported, no DX option. DX rings & Dovetail bar can be bought separately, but not a DX focuser.   


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Posted 11 February 2020 - 11:15 AM

Nice images of the moon.  There's nothing like viewing the moon with a high quality 6" refractor.  When you crank the magnification up it's almost as if you could walk on it.



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Posted 11 February 2020 - 11:52 AM

Sadly in the UK, there is only the lower spec model imported, no DX option. DX rings & Dovetail bar can be bought separately, but not a DX focuser.   

Do you know what focuser the DX option uses? The only reason I didn't get the DX was because I didn't know about the focuser and hated to spend the extra money on the DX only to change out the focuser. I ended up with the standard 150 ED and bought a Losmandy dovetail, Paralax rings, and a Moonlite focuser. Love the setup!


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Posted 12 February 2020 - 04:40 PM

Do you know what focuser the DX option uses? The only reason I didn't get the DX was because I didn't know about the focuser and hated to spend the extra money on the DX only to change out the focuser. I ended up with the standard 150 ED and bought a Losmandy dovetail, Paralax rings, and a Moonlite focuser. Love the setup!

Here's some pics of mine.  I don't know which factory produced it but perhaps there's others out there that look about the same.  

I did change out the D plate for one by ADM to match the CGEM I was using at first, but I have since changed to a SW EQ6R PRO mount and put a dual ADM saddle on it.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 04:45 PM

It is the same focuser they use on the Esprit line of ED triplets:

 

http://www.opticalvi..._refractor.html


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