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I have set my sights on this OTA, as I think it is a good compromise between aperture and focal length. What I am struggling to find is some good reviews from people who have actually owned and used this scope themselves!
So - any of you peeps had this scope now / in the past? What are your thoughts, and are there any issues / problems I should know about?
It will be mounted on an EQ3-2 for the time being. I hope to have saved up enough by next summer to get a more substantial mount!
Thanks in advance
I am selling my Star Adventurer Pro bundle. The full set is packed in a flight case ready to go. It also includes an extra counterweight pack (an extra 1kg weight and extension bar). I use the additional weight for balancing an ED80 or my Lunt Ha scope. It has seen very limited use so is in excellent condition. I am asking £169 (no offers) pick up from the Harrogate area. The bundle weighs close to 8kg. Bank transfer please.
In the flight case:
Ball head adapter
Illuminated polar scope
Dovetail L bracket
Counterweight kit x 2 (2 x 1kg)
Keys for the flight case
I got one this week, great piece of kit, good focuser and very good quality overall.
There are a lot of screws on this finder, some are a bit in the way wen rotating the focuser.
One thing i miss is that they should have put a photo-threaded hole on the bottom of the finderdovetail for easy mounting on a tripod for travel use, as the advertise it as finder/small travelscope.
As it is now you have to MacGiver a solution yourself
I also tried some different eyepieces and configurations with the stuff i have, the only thing that seems to work is using the standard 10 and 25mm Plossl witch are frequently supplied with telescopes (only tried the 25) with the provided spacer ring.
I also attached a Baader Hyperion 5 and 13 mm but the field stop seems to be inadequate, it looks a bit weird to i might ad.
Like they said, using a diagonal doesn't work, no focus.
Great combo with the ED80, i do wonder how well it will balance...
I didn't use it outside yet, as many of you now the box was off course supplied with bad weather, but i'm confident it won't disappoint .
Clear skies !
After a couple of weeks of testing and visual play here is the very first image taken through my SW Evostar ED150. As you may imagine the visual experience is marvellous. The image was taken in the early hours of the 1st October along the terminator. The field of view ranges from the North polar area as far south as crater Eratosthenes. The second image is just me doing a crop because I prefer the framing of Mare Imbrium and crater Plato in the North. I need to experiment with the camera settings somewhat but I am very happy with the performance of both scope and camera.
Thanks to @FLO for the M56 Baader Click-Lock to test.
Camera: ASI290MM at f/8. Captured with OAcapture by @JamesF
The new SW Evostar ED150 is really getting some use here after my initial tests. We are having a good run of clear skies. This morning I got up at 3:30 am to do a lunar imaging run (see elsewhere). After that I quickly set up on M42 as it was near the local meridian. Using my ES 4.7mm 82' EP (255x) I concentrated on the Trapezium first. I was staggered by the view not only because of the detail under the Moon but because all 6 stars (A to F) were clearly visible immediately and pin sharp sitting in a greenish mist. Here is my really quite poor chalk sketch of the approximate view hastily drawn on my obsy blackboard wall (ignore the screws in the ply):
Checking with the detailed Whitepeak Observatory graphic the stars I believe in clockwise order are from the top right: B, D, F, C, A, E. I have often tried to view the 6 stars before with my SCT 9.25" but this scope revealed them with ease.
Star C (Theta-1 C Orionis) is described in the same graphic as an Extreme star: 40 Solar Masses; Surface temp 40,000K, the hottest known <6mag star; 210,000x sun's luminosity and an O6 spectral type.
I then swapped to my 2" 24mm ES 82' EP to view M42 but that view was swamped somewhat by moonlight so I will have to wait a while to try that.