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Model: SW150PotaPart Number: 10912
150mm f5 Newtonian Optical Tube Assembly.
Supplied with Dual-fit 1.25/2-inch Crayford focuser, 10mm and 25mm eyepieces, 6x30 finderscope, x2 Barlow lens, tube rings and dovetail mounting bar.
Note: The Explorer 150P is designed primarily for visual astronomy, for astro-photography consider the Explorer 150P-DS model.
I'm just an amateur! I've had one of these for around 10 years. Mounted on a EQ5 sized mount. I've often thought about upgrading .. but really, these are such a good size and weight for handling, almost grab and go. Within a few minutes you can be looking at the planets in really great detail (kids are impatient!). My upgrades are a Baader hyperion eye piece 5mm (excellent) and I got a dual speed focuser which transformed the scope and well worth it. Get a collimator, I made one from a laser pointer. They stay in collimation really well but correct collimation improves the images. I recently dismantled mine, cleaned the mirrors and cobwebs, took me 15 minutes to bring it back to perfect collimation, it's not difficult. I often put my DSLR on it, it's just tough enough for that. I use a T2 mount and cheap extension rings off ebay .. £20 in total and you can be eye piece projecting. Mines pointing at Mars right now and I can see the white pole and surface detail in UK. A really nice garden telescope, doesn't break the bank and just the right size to be useful and for quick set up. Focal length is compromise between DS objects but OK for Planetary. Easily transportable ... the 200p I'm sure is excellent but is huge!
Excellent scope great views of the moon Jupiter and Saturn, didn't get a chance to check out DSO's yet because of weather and the moon. I have this Ota on a az5 deluxe with the steel tripod and I find it rock solid, the Ota and tripod and head were purchased from FLO and everything arrived a couple of days later and everything in excellent condition. I had to do a wee bit of tweaking with the collimation probably because of the journey Essex to Dundalk Ireland. I want to thank FLO for there excellent service and also customer support, I couldn't be happier with my purchase
There's a lot to love about this scope and I'm surprised that more people don't get one of these beautiful 6" Newtonians.First the negative - if you're considering one of these scopes you need a collimation tool to assist you with getting the mirrors lined up correctly. It's an easy job and only takes a minute to do when you know what you're doing. The focuser is brilliant. It's smooth and very easy to use and holds focus well, even when you're hanging a DSLR, upside down off the back of it. It has plenty of travel and makes focusing a breeze. It's even compatible with the Skywatcher auto focuser (FLO also sell these).Since the telescope is only 750mm long, it's easy to store. I keep mine on my desk (mirror up). The next model up (the very popular 200P) is 25% taller (1000mm) and 33% thicker (8") and it's also heavier. If you're wanting to perform astrophotography, it helps to have a lighter and smaller telescope so that the mount can track more accurately.This scope has given me blow-away views of Saturn and the moon and jaw-dropping views of star clusters and other deep space objects, although I primarily use mine for imaging.If your interest is mostly in the planets and the moon, then I would recommend the also brilliant Skywatcher Maksutov 127 over this telescope. However if your interest is more in a wider field (rather than high power zoom) view of deep space (as well as delivering good views of solar system objects) or astrophotography then this is the scope to get! It will take you plenty of time to outgrow this more than capable, very good value telescope.
The scope is well built, easy to set up and most importantly, brilliant to use!The tube feels very solid, yet light and manageable at the same time. It's also quite compact, so storage isn't a problem. Targets like the moon and Saturn are stunning, both showing amounts of detail I wouldn't have thought possible from a scope of this price. The included 25mm eyepiece gives nice, low power views. The 10mm I don't find as good. The 2X Barlow is very good for doubling the power of the eyepiece. Deep sky objects are equally stunning, though harder to locate with the supplied finderscope.Collimating (lining up the 2 mirrors) is reassuringly easy, especially as this is the first scope I have ever collimated. To do this though you need a collimating eyepiece.The Crayford focuser is very smooth in operation, and has a convenient focus lock to avoid any small nudges in the focus. I would highly recommend this scope to anyone, especially those who are just starting out in this amazing hobby.
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