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SW Skymax 180 as a Future OTA

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#1 MrRoberts

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 06:07 PM

I currently have a C-8/E. I am wondering if I would gain enough better detail (planetary/binary) by adding the 180 to my stable. F15 vs F10 is quite a difference. 

What has been your experiences.



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Posted 28 February 2020 - 06:31 PM

Unless you have a not so good SCT and happen to stumble on a great 180 MCT,

I think you will not notice any difference in planetary performance, in fact you might lose something.

 

Based upon extrapolation of my C5 vs 127MCT.  both are very close for planetary.


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Posted 28 February 2020 - 06:55 PM

IME the Edge is the better choice.  Had both and felt the EdgeHD made the 7" Mak obsolete.  YMMV



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Posted 28 February 2020 - 09:23 PM

I haven't used a SW 180, but I wouldn't buy one expecting a big improvement over a C8. It seems a lot to spend for at best an incremental difference - and potentially a downgrade in terms of performance. Given your OTAs, I'd consider a C11 or goto Dob if you want to see major improvement. I see improvement visually with a C.25 over a C8, but it isn't a "Wow!" reaction. The difference is more noticeable for planetary imaging. 

 

Of course, if you really want the 180, and the finances work for you, then just get one. Some itches just need to be scratched. If you decide having both a 180 and C8 Edge represent too much of a performance overlap for you, sell one. Both seem to be in decent enough demand that neither one should be tough to sell. 

 

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 10:02 PM

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Thank you all 

I suspect you mostly right, the small gain....

Maybe at this point in my life wait for the time I can add a 10-12" dob

I need some time anyway to settle in with the new refractors.

Other than new mounts very soon, maybe a year or two before any ota additions.


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Posted 29 February 2020 - 11:40 PM

I have both the SW 180 Mak and a C8 Evolution, I do not see an appreciable difference between the two. Mak kills it on the moon, but that's about it. I prefer the Evo 8 on all else.


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