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Does anyone have any info on the Sky-Watcher 18" Dobsonian?

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#1 mlyoung83

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Posted 31 July 2021 - 02:38 PM

Hello guys, I'm looking to get an 18" UC dob pretty soon.  I was interested in the Sky-Watcher 18" UC dob, since it's a couple thousand less than Obsession's version.  However, it's sold out everywhere, and I can't even find any reviews on it.   Does anyone have any info on it?  Is it discontinued?  Is it a decent scope?   Is it plagued with problems?  So many questions.  

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Posted 31 July 2021 - 02:55 PM

you might want to review the CN thread linked below regarding this line of dobs, 

 

https://www.cloudyni...e#entry10814117


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Posted 31 July 2021 - 02:59 PM

I believe there was a review in Sky & Telescope a year or two ago.  I believe they have been discontinued.  If I'm remembering correctly it was a PITA to set up for one person.  Looking at the picture you posted the supports for the altitude bearings look pretty cheesy, and prone to vibration. 

 

My advice, pass on the SW 18", and look elsewhere.


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Posted 31 July 2021 - 03:15 PM

I believe there was a review in Sky & Telescope a year or two ago.  I believe they have been discontinued.  If I'm remembering correctly it was a PITA to set up for one person.  Looking at the picture you posted the supports for the altitude bearings look pretty cheesy, and prone to vibration. 

 

My advice, pass on the SW 18", and look elsewhere.

We’ll thats strange as my dealer has it on there website.



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Posted 31 July 2021 - 05:39 PM

We’ll thats strange as my dealer has it on there website.

Maybe they bought all the old stock from SW, and are trying to unload it on the uninformed.undecided.gif



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Posted 31 July 2021 - 05:49 PM

Maybe they bought all the old stock from SW, and are trying to unload it on the uninformed.undecided.gifii

it may be a north america vs rest of the world availability issue , based on the thread I linked above, as the north american vendor posted in that thread indicating that they were not offering the scopes in north america due to some of the customer concerns. 


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