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Hi, I've just ordered a Sky-Watcher Skymax 150 PRO from FLO. It will replace my wonderful 250px which is simply taking up too much room amongst my kids' growing population of Peppa Pig and friends! Will I miss the wider field of view and the light gathering capabilities of the big(ish) dob in my little backyard in averagely light polluted Bedford? I've read good things about the MAK but I'm nervous! Part of my motivation was that I want to be able to share the joy of the night skies with my young kids (6 & 3). The dob is fabulous but it's not that easy for them to see through the eyepiece without knocking it off target. I have an HEQ5 Pro mount (which I've never used). I'm hoping that, along with the MAK, the kids might have a better chance of seeing things and being inspired rather than frustrated. I'll almost certainly sell the 250px asap and free-up the space for 'Peppa Pig land'. I hope I'm not making a grave (and expensive) mistake! Best wishes, Jason
Getting clear skies on the day your Mak 150 arrives is very very rare. That happened to me yesterday. No dew shield it hasn't arrived yet. The 150 sits nicely on the AZ4 with steel legs. I used a combination of the 28mm EP supplied and my 15,12,8,6. EP's. All performed well apart from the 8mm which I had been warned about (thanks Jules). This wil be replaced by a 10mm Vixen SLV. spent a lot of time getting to know the Mak and spent time swopping between the EP's. I am delighted with the scope crisp clear views of the moon,even though the seeing was not good. During dusk with that light blue haze I waited to see Jupiter. Even with the sun going down and the only two objects to be seem with the naked eye Moon and Jupiter I was more than surprised to get a very good view of her.mThree moons in a line to the right. The Mak magnify the rotation speed of earth and targets move very quickly across the field of view. Jupiter looked like a shepherd last night with three little lambs all following in a line. conclusion. A great scope you can get up close and personal with your targets. Easy to handle and light to move around. If you want duration in observing a tracking mount is a must. ( on my hit list) thanks for reading and here's a couple of shots just with the I Pod on the EP. Garry
Well the 150 arrived this morning. Removed all packaging and it slipped nicely onto my AZ4 mount with steel legs. The WO dielectric diaganal fits nice and tight with no slop. Put my RACI on the tube and orientated it for a comfortable position. Slipped the 28 mm EP on the end and aligned scope and RACI up ready to go. Now. Here's the big difference to the other scopes I've bought and set up. BBC weather and Clear Outside are telling me it's CLEAR SKIES tonight from 2100 onwards in North Wales. I can't believe it. In view of this lucky streak running through my birth sign at the moment do you think it's a good idea to by a lottery ticket ? It's something I don't normally do. However the 11 inch SCT is on my radar now.
My Mak 150 has a rattle in the OTA, It's actually a nut from the focuser shoe holding bolt. Don't ask me how this happened, just to say it was an embarrasing operator error. So now I need to get inside the OTA and refit the focuser shoe. Anyone advise the best way to get into the OTA. Should I remove the front of the scope or enter from the primary mirror end. If so is there anything I should be aware of ie miss alignment of fittings etc on replacing the fittings would it be a difficult diy job or do I need professional help. Thanks for reading.
I am aware a number of members were following my posts and waiting for reports. I have posted the report here :- I have a few spare hours each day between 0500 and 0600. The other 22 hours are full,so I am looking for a part time job to fill this time and to fund this hobby. The job must allow me to sleep while I am working !