Cheap - but worth any penny
Tuesday, 11 August 2020 | Peter
I already own a 6" Newton. But because of awkard observing positions (standing and/or many adjustments of observerchair when changing objects), I've decided to bring some more color into my observing sessions (pun intended). So I took the chance and ordered this OTA. Shipment happened within reasonanable time. Scope was in original packaging which was dented on that side which doesn't contain massive schock absorbing material - only carton boxes. Greetings from Murphy - and to the QA-managers of FLO & SkyWatcher. Luckily first daylight after unpacking didn't reveal any obvious damage. Star testing will show if collimation has ben hampered.
Then I've gave the optics a first run by focussing on roofs, antennas and metal chimneys. Purple and yellow fringes as expected, but not much worse compared to my Evostar Achromat 120/1000. Bonus: The dewcap of the new OTA allows for reducing the aperture to 110 mm, which reduces colors a bit more.
Using the also ordered StarDiscovery mount the OTA shows the mounts limits visually (as expected: several seconds dampening time after movement and/or focus). See also separate comment on this mount. Nevertheless I don't expect problems when using the combination for EAA. A much better mount visually is the AZ4 I've used afterwards. Then I'm down to 1 - 2 seconds. which is very reasonable. Aditional weight at the rear from Mirror and Erfle 2" eyepiece about 1,5 kg (3 lbs).
I was also reliefed to learn that sufficient in-focus is available. I could use the SV305 CMOS camera mounted on a split mirror which usually rides on a Bresser Polaris 102/460 on another Discovery mount w/o significant focus adjustments. Additional weight at the rear from Mirror and camera 0,75 kg (1,5 lbs). Dampening time with camera and Synscan/Wifi 1 - 2 seconds. I expect the mount dithering but only in small amplitudes.
As always: Weather control is alredy possible. You want rain & clouds? Buy a telescope ...
Friday, 11 January 2013 | Walter
This telescope is fantastic value for money. I purchased the Startravel 150 as an upgrade to my old 90mm refractor. It is amazingly portable considering that it's a 6 inch refractor. First light yielded an amazing view of Jupiter with heavy banding and definite colour between the main belts. Also the Great Red Spot was resolved quite nicely. The Orion nebula was a beatuiful sight. And star clusters were just to drool for. I took the telescope along to my society's (The Baker Street Irregular Astronomers) support starparty for the Stargazing Live event on television. And I was very chuffed with the interest that the telescope received over 100 people observed through the Startravel. And I felt that I definitely helped to bring some new people into the fabulous world of amatuer astronomy. This telescope is very well made and the objective lens is figured beautifully. The views I have been rewarded with are wonderful and rich with a very nice field of view. I give this telescope 5 stars and more.