OK a quick impression after a couple of hours with the new scope.
The finderscope supplied with the scope is imho cheap rubbish will be replacing it with a 6 x 30 mm finder. Why because the lowest setting on the red dot is too bright and I hate red dot finders.
The OTA gives bright sharp views. Took a while a acclimatize but once it settled I was able to see lovely diffraction even patterns each side of focus. Jupiter seeing was ok and plenty of detail nice contrast etc same with Saturn and mars.
Seeing came and went I used a 12mm plossl and a 26mm plossl. 47 Tukana was amazing very bright and well resolved. You northerners don't get to see 47 Tukana its a delightful sight and the 6 inch Mak really showed it in all its glory. Busted a few clusters lovely views in the 26mm sharp to the edge.
I looked at Alpha Centaurus the double star and the in focus view of this was superb like 2 bullet holes. No image shift in focus and focus ok better than I thought it would be.
Collimation perfect and excellent star test well done Meade on the optics I would have to say.
Just put it in the case I used for an intes 715 sold years ago and the sw180 and its much much smaller. They only just fitted into the box. Comparing to Skywatcher 180 and meade etx125 its much closer to the later in size.
re the setup and goto found this a tad difficult as I set it up as the wrong scope and couldn't get out of the equatorial menu then once I could it worked very well. Very solid and this scope weights setup around 12 1/2 pounds. I wish it had a speed key to ngc messier objects etc like celestron and sky watcher. I'll read the manual before its next outing its been decades since I used an lx200.
Overall very impressed its a good piece of kit I had tripod legs extended so i could stand and look in the eyepiece.
Is it a good quick look scope I would say its far easier to setup than an eq6az with an 8 inch GSO Cass I can attest to that. Its quick and easy to setup and I plan to use it plenty.
The tube is quite heavy but portable it would be very interesting in better seeing to push it a bit. I used a gso dielectric diagonal at some stage I will compare to the stock meade one and see if its brighter etc.
I have a little C5 my brother lent me and the Mak seemed a lot brighter and more capable than the 5 inch Celestron with XLT coatings. I will mount both and see how they compare at some stage. I made an effective dewshield out of cardboard for the first light it would have been nice for a sliding dewshield on this scope. If meade really want to make it even better I recommend this and a better finderscope say 5 x 24 or 6 x 30.
Edited by Stopforths, 21 October 2020 - 03:26 PM.