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#1 bob midiri

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 10:53 AM

Good day!! I have owned my Evostar DX 150 ED for several months now and to me it has exceeded my expectations. Its the perfect size and weight for my CGEM mount and for my back and shoulders. The optics are quite sharp and color free to my eyes, the scope is attractive and functions to my liking.  It is now one of my most used telescopes since its ready for observing in a short time frame. Planets and DSO are a joy. I do think I need to adjust the focuser for smoothness but other then that I am a very happy camper owning this OTA. I would like to hear about others who have this telescope and your thoughts on its performance. Thanks in advance Bob

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 11:02 AM

Dog gone it Bob, it seems like I just finally got my SW 120 ED set up just the way I like it!

 

You're making it hard to resist the aperture fever!


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 03:46 PM

Mine gets mostly used for deep sky and double stars under suburban skies with an occasional look at the moon and the planets. I've had mine for just over 2 years and am still impressed by its image aesthetics and reach. I still use the 100mm a lot too since it's grab 'n go and also capable. Very good scopes those budget ED's.  


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 03:58 PM

Good day!! I have owned my Evostar DX 150 ED for several months now and to me it has exceeded my expectations. Its the perfect size and weight for my CGEM mount and for my back and shoulders. The optics are quite sharp and color free to my eyes, the scope is attractive and functions to my liking.  It is now one of my most used telescopes since its ready for observing in a short time frame. Planets and DSO are a joy. I do think I need to adjust the focuser for smoothness but other then that I am a very happy camper owning this OTA. I would like to hear about others who have this telescope and your thoughts on its performance. Thanks in advance Bob

Nice setup you have there Bob,  I don't have the SW scope but do have a 6" F8 and agree that they are a great way to view the heavens!  


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 03:59 PM

Quite a fantastic image of Mars btw waytogo.gif


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 07:08 PM

I was in the club last year.  Mine did fine at 450x on the planets and was a best bang for the buck scope. 


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 07:31 PM

Very happy here, it's a keeper.  I have mine on a CGX mount. No complaints about the focuser, yes it's no MoonLite or FeatherTouch, but it's getting the job done for me.  A great value IMO, as is ( I read ) the APM152. 

 

Funny how people look at it and no questions other than "how much did that thing cost?"... and looking at my Orion XX14g (Dob/Newt)  questions and questions.


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 08:21 PM

love the SW 150! Here is mine with the Moonlite Focuser.

 

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 08:21 PM

Good day!! I have owned my Evostar DX 150 ED for several months now and to me it has exceeded my expectations. Its the perfect size and weight for my CGEM mount and for my back and shoulders. The optics are quite sharp and color free to my eyes, the scope is attractive and functions to my liking.  It is now one of my most used telescopes since its ready for observing in a short time frame. Planets and DSO are a joy. I do think I need to adjust the focuser for smoothness but other then that I am a very happy camper owning this OTA. I would like to hear about others who have this telescope and your thoughts on its performance. Thanks in advance Bob

Glad to hear your enjoying your scope. Why is the dew shield a mismatched color? Is it an aftermarket item?



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Posted 19 November 2020 - 08:27 PM

Glad to hear your enjoying your scope. Why is the dew shield a mismatched color? Is it an aftermarket item?

Nope original dew shield...that is what skywatcher supplies with their refractors


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 10:39 PM

Used some automotive tape to cover the ED120 due shield. Went on and off easily and looked great IMO. CS

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Posted 20 November 2020 - 06:55 AM

I am happy with my SW 150 Evostar and homemade wagon that easy for me to pull out and in garage. Superb for planetary! Tight double stars and great open clusters! 

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 07:35 AM

I got Sky and Telescope February magazine yesterday and good reading about SW 150 Evostar review. Reviewer said that 150 Evostar is very good telescope! 


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 07:06 PM

I got Sky and Telescope February magazine yesterday and good reading about SW 150 Evostar review. Reviewer said that 150 Evostar is very good telescope! 

I couldn't agree more, I am very happy with mine


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 08:29 PM

The reviewer, Dennis di Cicco, stated that the Sky-Watcher Evostar 150ED doublet was "a very fine instrument for serious visual observers."  He stated further that he "was extremely pleased with the Evostar's optical performance."  High praise indeed!

 

I want one!  bawling.gif


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 08:44 PM

A lot of people seem very happy with these. Reminiscent of the smaller ED models which all get strong accolades. 


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 06:38 AM

No need to pay crazy prices for a used AP or Tak when the SW150ED does around 90 to 95% of the same.


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 07:32 AM

No need to pay crazy prices for a used AP or Tak when the SW150ED does around 90 to 95% of the same.

That’s like saying there’s no need to pay for a Corvette when a Camaro will do 90% of what the Corvette does. Of course there’s no need to pay for a Camaro when a Chevy SS will do 90% of what the Camaro does. And there’s no point in paying for a Chevy SS when a Malibu will do 90% of what the Chevy SS does.

 

So all the Corvette buyers must be absolutely crazy paying the price for a Corvette when they could have saved a ton of money. Unless, of course, "ultimate performance" and "not" cost savings was their top priority.

 

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 09:14 AM

I love the scope, and thankful that APM and Skywatcher produce excellent ED refractors and make them affordable to us average Joe's who wouldn't  be able to reach for the stars and obtain those high end refractors. Its a great time to be in astronomy with so many good choices for everyone's varying wallet size!


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 10:09 AM

Love mine too!! waytogo.gif


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 03:21 PM

It's on my DPAC bucket list 4 sure.

 

Does anyone want theirs tested?

 

Jeff


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 04:49 PM

What's the status on the APM 152 vs Evostar 150 ED. The same Sky and Telescope article sent me on a research spree yesterday and I found a lot of old threads from 2018 (When the 50ED came out) where the comparison of the scopes were controversial and generated a lot of inputs.

 

As I understood it any issues with the APM 152 has been resolved and the two scopes are very very close in specs and performance?



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Posted 23 December 2020 - 06:38 PM

It's on my DPAC bucket list 4 sure.

 

Doe anyone want theirs tested?

 

Jeff

After Covid settles Ill bother my buddy Dave and see if he would DPAC it



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Posted 23 December 2020 - 07:20 PM

That’s like saying there’s no need to pay for a Corvette when a Camaro will do 90% of what the Corvette does. Of course there’s no need to pay for a Camaro when a Chevy SS will do 90% of what the Camaro does. And there’s no point in paying for a Chevy SS when a Malibu will do 90% of what the Chevy SS does.

 

So all the Corvette buyers must be absolutely crazy paying the price for a Corvette when they could have saved a ton of money. Unless, of course, "ultimate performance" and "not" cost savings was their top priority.

 

Bob

In my case i sure SHOULD have bought the Camaro before i did my 2019 C7 that was a hunk of junk and slow.  My 2021 Camaro is 10 times faster than my C7 was and has the same engine.  Just that it has the 10 speed auto that works like it should.

 

So in my case with scopes i have a cut off on price and see no need to pay crazy money for a scope when a cheaper one will give near the same view.   I could never make myself pay for AP scopes and after owning over 250 scopes i have never spent more than 6k for any refactor and that was a messed up Meade 7" ED.  I just can't pay what peeps want for a used AP or 6" Tak prices.

 

Kinda like buying a old school 8" slow Newt for around $400 that will do just as good or near good as a 7" APO that cost 25k or up.


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 07:21 PM

What's the status on the APM 152 vs Evostar 150 ED. The same Sky and Telescope article sent me on a research spree yesterday and I found a lot of old threads from 2018 (When the 50ED came out) where the comparison of the scopes were controversial and generated a lot of inputs.

 

As I understood it any issues with the APM 152 has been resolved and the two scopes are very very close in specs and performance?

Mine were neck and neck by heck.


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