Does anyone know how good / bad the Meade S5k HD-60 is off-axis at 25mm in a small (130) F5 Newt?
I'm considering a used one, but if it's not great, then I'll pull out.
- would it be better/worse than the S5k 24mm SWA?
I guess what I'm really asking is whether the HD-60 25mm (60deg) is the best-corrected low-cost option in this class?
Thanks in advance, J.
First, the actual field size is a bit smaller, so you would sacrifice some True Field.
Second, the 24mm SWA is a tad better corrected at the edge at that f/ratio.
On the other hand, the smaller apparent field of the HD60 would reveal less coma from the f/5 mirror, so the star images would have a bit less coma at the edge.
6 of one, a half dozen of the other, I think. And the wider true field would be more engaging for the objects you'd observe at 27x.
I'd keep the 24x68 and pass on the 25mm HD60.