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Vixen ED80SF or Skywatcher Equinox 80?
Posted 01 February 2008 - 07:43 PM
At the moment I’m leaning toward the Vixen as it comes complete with a 9x50 finder, 2” eyepiece adapter, 1.25 flip mirror, tube rings, dove tail plate and case and is retailing with Ian King for £425 inc. VAT and delivery (and with the Porta mount for £579) http://tinyurl.com/3x94ut
The other option is the Equinox 80 which I can pick up from FLO for £370 http://tinyurl.com/2rdrsa or its clone from Telescope House for the same amount http://tinyurl.com/2shs26
The Equinox/Tele House scope seems to get universally good reviews (although the Vixen’s no slouch) but I’m not sure I can mount a finder/red dot on it? Maybe experienced folk don’t think it necessary on a wide-field scope but for a telescope virgin aren’t they handy?
The other question I wanted to ask was what difference (if any) the slightly different specifications would make in real life? The Vixen is a 600mm/F7.5 while the Equinox/Tele House is a 500mm/F6.25. Will this small difference have much effect on say, viewing and imaging the moon?
Sorry if I’ve rambled a bit but I’d rather measure twice and cut once if you see what I mean. I figure the more research I do now the more likely I am to use and hold on to whatever I buy. At the moment it’s looking like the Vixen.... would you do different?
If you’ve bothered to read this far many thanks.
PS I’m going to post this in both the SGL and SPA forums – so if you’ve read one... save your precious time and ignore the other
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 10:14 PM
I've never seen the optics of the two compared, but the ED81S is about 1kg lighter than the ED80sf and is supposed to be a big step forward from the old Japanese ED80s from which the Chinese sf OTA has been copied. But there's a big price difference between the two, and the Skywatcher version of the ED80sf may get even cheaper as the new Equinox supersedes it. The price of the 120mm version of the Skywatcher ED80 has already been cut. But if I were in your position - and I had the money - I'd get the ED81S. I had a Vixen Japanese refractor some years ago and it was very well made and efficient in every way, but a lot of people would vote for the Chinese ones. Best of luck - Hugh
Thanks Hugh. I'm finding out that it's very easy to get carried away with all this telescope stuff... and I haven't even bought my first one yet. Consequently I've edited (i.e. deleted) the question that you've just answered - darn you're fast
I really like the look of the Vixen scopes, but as you point out there is a big price difference between the Sf (or Equinox 80) and the 81S. So I've got to force myself to behave - after all the scope is only the start as I'll also need a mount and a few eyepieces which will rack up the total.
With regards to the Skywatcher Equinox, if I did plump for that how would I go about mounting a red dot finder on it? And what difference would the 500mm/F6.5 specification make as opposed to the 600mm/F7.5 spec of the Vixen?
Sorry to reply to your very helpful advice with another question.
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