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Definitely going for it!
« on: 20:56:43, 11 January, 2015 »
Ok,
 
After much deliberating I'm about to purchase my new scope to add to the arsenal.  Brought it down to three candidates;
 
1.  MAK 180 Pro (with purchased after market SCT - Moonlight/Baader/SW and dew shield) - £1020
2.  SW ED120 Pro £1050 (ish!)
3.  SW ED120 Equinox (will use diagonal and 9x50 finder from my SW ED80) £1300
 
If anyone has any final opinions now's as good a time as ever, Lol
 
Primary is visual, secondary AP and OTA mounted on HEQ5
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Re: Definitely going for it!
« Reply #1 on: 10:59:21, 12 January, 2015 »
Rick

Chalk and cheese between the frac and mak! As a frac lover I would say go for one of the ED's as a good compromise for visual and imaging. The Mak 180 is much better suited to lunar planetary and at f15 is just too slow for deepsky imaging. A 4 1/2" frac works well for either.

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Re: Definitely going for it!
« Reply #2 on: 19:40:06, 12 January, 2015 »
Yeap, I'm with Chris... if you want to view [image] the solar system then the Mak is for you else go for one of the frac's.  As to which one, well they both have the same optics but the Equinox has a better quality tube / focuser hence the price difference.

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Re: Definitely going for it!
« Reply #3 on: 19:57:01, 12 January, 2015 »
Cheers guys,

Leaning towards the Frac, possibly the ED120 Pro although the focuser isnt tip top it is fit for purpose.  Additionally the optical quality is very good.

The MAK may be an addition in the future
Rick
 
"Ranger's Clear The Way"
 
Sky Watcher ED80 Pro
ST80
HEQ5 Mount GPS
HyperFlex-7E 7.2mm-21.5mm High Performance Zoom EP
Celestron Ultima Barlow
Celestron Omni 4mm
Baader UV/IR Filter
Baader Neutral Density Moon Filter
SW UHC Filter
Various Pieces!
D3000 (various lens)

 

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