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First light with a Skywatcher ED150

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#26 tog

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 05:12 PM

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.

Beautiful Scope Crow Haven! Here is mine with the Moonlite focuser. Sorry about the dark pic. 

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 05:18 PM

Losmandy DUP 14 and Parallax rings.

 

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 05:02 PM

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Beautiful Scope Crow Haven! Here is mine with the Moonlite focuser. Sorry about the dark pic. 

Does Moonlite sell an adapter for the 150 now?


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Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:46 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.

Wow, are you sure that photo wasn't taken by Apollo? What an amazing view! A great scope indeed!



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Posted 20 February 2020 - 01:29 PM

Its all about the seeing conditions, as to whether your refractor is excellent or mediocre.

...Ralph


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 20 February 2020 - 03:53 PM

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Does Moonlite sell an adapter for the 150 now?

Yes. I sent an email to Moonlite asking the same questions. Ron from Moonlite got back to me withing an hour or two. Here is his reply:

"I have the new Evostar 150 flange in stock for our CFL 2.5" format focuser.

However the flange is not yet listed in the drop down menu--- Just pick
custom to order it, then put a note in the comments section " For Evostar 150"

Qty1 CFL 2.5"
Color = ?
Flange = Custom
Drawtube = 4.5" travel
Knob/Motor = Dual rate with shaft lock
Finder bracket = Reg style
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$470 plus shipping"


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Posted 20 February 2020 - 04:03 PM

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

 

Just have to ask...how do you manage the floaters. That should be 0.22 exit pupil, sounds brutal no matter how good the optics are.


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Posted 20 February 2020 - 05:08 PM

Just have to ask...how do you manage the floaters. That should be 0.22 exit pupil, sounds brutal no matter how good the optics are.

For me, when floaters intrude I just look away from the eyepiece for a couple of seconds, which seems to make the floaters disappear for a while. Repeat as necessary.


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Posted 20 February 2020 - 07:11 PM

Just have to ask...how do you manage the floaters. That should be 0.22 exit pupil, sounds brutal no matter how good the optics are.

They don't bother me too much. Once i get past 100x per inch in the APO - ED scopes i notice one or two on the moon. I push scopes past crazy powers since i have some super steady seeing. Great optics can be pushed on dead still nites to powers many of you would never think of using. Powers over 600x on the moon were easy with the SW150 i had. Even at a crazy 800x the image was not bad. At 600x and up the image does get much dimmer.


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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:18 PM

Just have to ask...how do you manage the floaters. That should be 0.22 exit pupil, sounds brutal no matter how good the optics are.

For a couple of years I had no floaters.  They're slowly coming back, but are tiny bubbles now -- not a problem.



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Posted 20 February 2020 - 09:21 PM

Beautiful Scope Crow Haven! Here is mine with the Moonlite focuser. Sorry about the dark pic. 

Is this the ML 2.5" with a special flange or the same as SW120? Thanks



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Posted 21 February 2020 - 07:50 AM

Is this the ML 2.5" with a special flange or the same as SW120? Thanks

It is the CFL 2.5 inch large format model found here. I had to also purchase an extender to reach focus. 


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Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:43 PM

I found another focuser option for the cheaper version of the 150ED. The flange on the Evostar tube adapter is almost identical to the William Optics FLT tube adapters, so the larger WO R&P focusers fit straight on. The only criticism I have of the new focuser is that it's a little stiff, but not bad, and it does have good load holding ability. 

 

The basic focuser is fine for visual use but the 2" diameter drawtube is a little limiting for imaging.

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Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:44 PM

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Posted 10 March 2020 - 06:48 PM

I tried the focuser out last night and took this image under the full moon with an L-enhance filter. (definitely not ideal conditions)

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Posted 04 July 2020 - 09:44 AM

It is the CFL 2.5 inch large format model found here. I had to also purchase an extender to reach focus. 

 

I found another focuser option for the cheaper version of the 150ED. The flange on the Evostar tube adapter is almost identical to the William Optics FLT tube adapters, so the larger WO R&P focusers fit straight on. The only criticism I have of the new focuser is that it's a little stiff, but not bad, and it does have good load holding ability. 

 

The basic focuser is fine for visual use but the 2" diameter drawtube is a little limiting for imaging.

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I’m interested in buying the 150ED but I’m wondering how much backfocus it has. Will I be able to use a binoviewer without a GPC?



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Posted 04 July 2020 - 11:10 AM

I’m interested in buying the 150ED but I’m wondering how much backfocus it has. Will I be able to use a binoviewer without a GPC?


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Posted 04 July 2020 - 11:32 AM

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.

All the details your scope can offer will be there at 1.3D, so at around 130x in your case, after that all you will see are the increasing effects of diffraction and eyesight degradation, what are you trying to prove?




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