Finally got to compare the 2 telescopes on Jupiter and Saturn with twin brother Kevin. We are both seasoned observing addicts
Both given 30-40 minutes to reach ambient temperature in reasonable seeing.
The meade needed recollimating after employing the mirror lock and using the moonlight focuser. Used a 9mm Nagler to collimate and got it very close.
To cut to the chase the Meade 8 is a fine sct really shows a lot on Jupiter and the uhtc coatings and the extra inch of aperture show more colour and a brighter image than the 180mm mewlon.
The image was however a whisker sharper in the Mewlon and the detail was more etch like at around 200-216 x on Jupiter than in the Meade. The Meade was showing a fine image but the Mewlon clearly had an advantage. One could speculate why smaller obstruction and less aperture in not quite perfect seeing or slightly better optics possible all of those things. Both showed 2 ovals in particular and very similar detail in the bands.
Saturn was superb in both telescopes and again the Meade was clearly brighter. We used a number of top notch eyepieces and went to and fro between the scopes for over an hour.
7mm Tak MC ortho .965
9mm Tak MC ortho .965
10mm Baader ortho
8mm Televue Plossl
7.5mm Tak LE Lots of detail visible in both scopes and the divisions in the ring showed up nicely. Not perfect seeing but lovely image in both scopes.
All performing as expected Saturn was virtually overhead we are 42 degrees south. The fainter satellites were easily seen in both scopes.
Again the Mewlon was slightly sharper. The best view of the night was in the 7.5mm LE in the Mewlon. The meade was a lovely sharp contrasty image there wasn't much in it.
I should mention for a while we used a 9mm ortho in the Meade and a 10mm in the Mewlon to give 225 and 216 respectively on Jupiter.
Given the meade has good optics and cost 40% as much including the mount its a fine performer. Just not quite as good as the wonderful Mewlon 180C which must be close to Cassegrain perfection.
Edited by Stopforths, 19 July 2021 - 12:03 AM.