I think I'm pretty much sold on a 120mm F5 refractor. The Sky-Watcher and the Orion are the same scope, right? Both Synta products?
I just find it curious that the Sky-Watcher USA lists the scope as weighing 6.5 lbs. (second paragraph in the description): https://www.skywatch...rtravel-120-az3
I've seen it mentioned or listed elsewhere as 6.5 lbs., too.
While the Orion site lists theirs at 8.6 lbs (Specs tab): https://www.telescop...2160/p/9836.uts
What can account for the over 2 lbs. discrepancy? The wording of both sites indicate it is the weight of the OTA, not OTA + accessories. If I buy from FLO in the UK... even with the shipping to the US... it seems that the price of the Sky-Watcher OTA is about the same as the Orion when you factor in needing to buy rings + dovetail for the Orion. You could potentially come out ahead if you sold off all the other accessories that come with the Sky-Watcher. I also noticed that the Sky-Watcher appears to have slightly nicer metal focusing knobs as opposed to the plastic ones on the Orion. If it is truly 2 lbs. lighter somehow, why not buy the Sky-Watcher from FLO? https://www.firstlig...l-120t-ota.html
In Ed Ting's recent review of the Orion ST120, he weighed the OTA at around 8 lbs. Is anyone willing to weigh their Sky-Watcher ST120 OTA?
PS: This would mostly be mounted on a Vixen Porta II with a Berlebach Report 472 wooden tripod. I think either way it "should" be fine, but 6.5 lbs. sounds a lot better than 8.6 lbs. when talking about lightweight mounts.
Thanks ahead for any information you guys and gals have. The CN community is truly remarkable!
Edited by starstruck85, 19 October 2020 - 03:32 PM.