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Skywatcher Skymax 150 has some darn good optics. Pics in post.

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#1 mathematics28

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 09:32 PM

So I picked up the Skywatcher Skymax 150 on sale and had no idea what to expect. It has some really nice optics but it's not easy to use at night lol.

 

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#2 Auburn80

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 10:55 PM

Received one about a week ago but have not had the chance to even set it up 😔. Please tease us some more with reports!
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Posted 30 November 2023 - 01:42 AM

I am considering this too.It seems to have smooth optics according to some bench tests.


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#4 mathematics28

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Posted 30 November 2023 - 06:59 AM

Received one about a week ago but have not had the chance to even set it up . Please tease us some more with reports!

you know the deal. now it's nothing but clouds lol


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#5 mathematics28

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Posted 30 November 2023 - 07:00 AM

I am considering this too.It seems to have smooth optics according to some bench tests.

sees like a good buy



#6 MikiBee

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Posted 02 December 2023 - 03:38 AM

Just finished my testing on a "dozen" year old Mak 150 and decided to keep it. It's a nice planetary scope, beats all my scopes except my 120 ED. That duel is scheduled as soon as the clouds break.

 

Here it is teaching its younger Mak how Saturn should look like :).

 

Two Maks

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Posted 02 December 2023 - 06:32 AM

I had a SW150 Mak and it was a easy 600x scope. All my SW stuff has been very good.


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#8 Thundersnook

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Posted 02 December 2023 - 12:27 PM

I also can't say anything bad about my Skymax150.

 

Its my main planetary scope with binoviewer and delivers very nice and sharp views waytogo.gif

Hesiodus A was quite a sight with its concentric rings, surely wont forget that one. Shadows on Jupiter are pinpoint sharp if seeing allows.

 

That said its also a superb double-star performer.

A senior backyardastronomer looked through it lately, when I attended a starparty and was surprised about the nice looking intra- and extrafocal diffraction rings.

 

Next thing is to insulate it. The material is already on its way, looking forward to that.

Also thought about removing the bezel around the secondary to decrease obstruction and increase contrast, but I'm still not sure if I want to do it.

(There are some good reports when it comes to night time performance, but daytime views might be affected)


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