Thursday, 7 April 2022 | Paul
Bare with me this will all make sense....Ordered this scope late on Wednesday night, didn't expect to see it before Monday but it arrived Friday, that's almost next day delivery .So in order of appearance... The tube rings are housed separately from the scope which means some modification to the case compartment is on the cards. The other thing that was immediately obvious was there was some kind of movement on the back end of the scope which shouldn't be there and on close inspection i realised that the rear cell wasn't quit tightened to the main tube, easily remedied by tightening by hand, also noted was the three grub screws securing the rotation focuser to that cell required a little tightening, these three screws would benefit from a mild thread locker and will be receiving some shortly. Moving on... the 2" receptacle and the 1.25 adapter both have only one retaining screw but both 2" and 1.25" housings seem to be of very close Torrance and little or no deflection was noticeable with the equipment i have inserted into either. The tube rings are first class , they are well built with large thumb screws of aluminium and the hinges are solidly constructed with no slop or waggle in them, they can be opened to any position and will stay there... ( skywatcher pay attention). i like to have my tube rings as far apart as reasonably possible but this can make getting the outfit back in the case a problem but not so here, there is plenty of room to get the scope with its rings attached back in its case with only some modest modification , though this does hinder the dew shield travel . The focuser feel fabulous, its fairly heavily dampened, feel is how i like it , its smooth and the fine focus is light but not too light, there appears to be no backlash and the generous 90mm+ travel is very welcome. The tube its self seems very well balanced and constructed heavily, you certainly don't get the impression that this thing is made from left over coke cans and if like me you may consider weather to keep it in its case or on your mantle piece !!!... This telescope is beautiful, the gloss black is like the screen on a brand new phone (before you turn it on). so within half an hour i had the scope on my little ioptron cube and was imaging the sun ( this scope only comes with a vixen dove tail and my eq8 only excepts losmandy) ive been using a 80mm achromat for the last year or two and instantly became aware of how much easier the stella mira is to focus, no more focusing back and forth looking for best focus, now its either in focus or its not, as a previous reviewer says... the difference is night and day. The live view through this telescope exceeds 50 stacked images through my previous 80 refractor, I'm using a zwo 174mono and a zwo 294colour cameras both are close to under sampling at this focus length hence i didn't go for the field flattener . ps.. if your wondreing why i have a eq8 and a 80mm refractor ? its because i also have a 16" reflector and a 12" sct.......just saying !
A very fine piece of engineering
Saturday, 29 January 2022 | Simon
The first thing that stuck me when I opened the case for the first time was the quality of the build - this is a very fine piece of engineering, well designed and beautifully put together. For me this telescope strikes a perfect balance between enough detail on the moon and still wide enough for deep sky. Haven't had chance to give it a really good run yet because I purchased the optional extra of extensive cloudy skies but so far a very happy customer.