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Model: 10217Brand: SkywatcherDesign: MaksutovSize: 7" (180mm)
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Superb 180mm optics with one quality 2" eyepiece, 9x50 finder and 2" diagonal provide excellent results for discerning observers, compact large aperture optical tube ready to attach to standard mounts such as the EQ5 and EQ6. Enjoy exceptional views with this large aperture Mak, ideal for high resolution planetary observers who want Apo type performance in a compact tube. Unlike SCT designs the Maksutov rarely if ever requires collimation and due to the small central obstructions excells at high contrast planetary, lunar and double star observation.
Magnifications with eyepieces supplied: x96Highest Practical Power (Potential): x540Diameter of Primary Mirror: 180mmTelescope Focal Length: 2700mm (f/15)Eyepieces Supplied (2”): 28mm9x50 Finderscope & Bracket2”/50.8mm Star DiagonalDovetail Mounting Bar
I don't normally write equipment reviews until I have had plenty of time to evaluate and discover the pros and cons of whatever piece of kit it may be, But in the case of the Skymax 180 Pro it took just two nights of use to convince me that this telescope is a top notch performer.Like many prospective purchasers I scoured the reviews over and over again to discover what others thought before taking the final decision to buy. The opinions were varied. Some thought the 180 Mak was excellent, some thought it took too long to cool down and never gave steady views, some thought it was too high powered to be versatile and that an 8" SCT would be a better choice, while others disagreed. I already own a Celestron 8" Edge HD that gives really impressive views and images of the moon, and shows nice round star images right to the edge of a full frame sensor, so how would this Mak compare to that.All my questions were answered on the first night out, with a 5 day old moon as the target. Immediately I could see that the view was noticeably sharper with more contrast than the 8" SCT, and a steadier image too which surprised me. The detail was probably equal to my 10" reflector, but the better contrast and steadier image gave the view more fidelity. Only my 120mm flourite refractor betters it on contrast and steadyness of view, but gives dimmer images and looses out on resolution of fine detail due to its smaller aperture.The Mak had been in its box in a shed all day, and going from there to the night air produced no cool down issues whatsoever. No worse that any other telescope I've used. The whole disc of the moon fits comfortably in a 2" 40mm 67 deg wide angle eyepiece with no significant vignetting. Used with a full frame DSLR the imaging circle seems to be about 40mm in diameter, so some vignetting at the extreme corners. A 5-7 day old moon fits comfortably within this frame but after that you'd need to do a two pane mosaic. And its sharp right across the frame. I deliberately moved the image off center to test this.I did a repeat of all this the following night ( yes, two clear nights in a row ! ) just to be sure, and the results were pretty much the same. I've taken some of the sharpest and most detailed luna images ever in just two nights out with this scope, so I am really impressed. I haven't done any deep sky work with the MAk yet ( I have other scopes for that anyway ) but I see no reason why it shouldn't be great for any DSO up to half a degree across, and from what I've seen so far should excel on globular and star clusters.Downsides ? There is more image shift on focusing than I expected - worse than my 8" SCT, and the supplied eyepieces were not as advertised. Neither of these is a problem for me as I use an in-line electric focusser, and already have a decent set of high quality eyepieces. Also, the finder scope bracket could be located in a more convenient position, or ideally have a second one on the opposite side of the tube.Bottom Line - a very impressive high performance scope that I have no regrets buying whatsoever. And at a decent price too.
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This telescope is simply OUTSTANDING VALUE FOR MONEY. As an astronomer of 30 years plus standing I have looked through various telscopes (including a super Vixen 102mm ED Refractor - for 10 years)...this telescope outperforms them all. It gives you a VERY Powerful and compact tube assembly. On The Moon and planets the performance has to be seen to be believed - lunar detail is amazing and the detail on Jupiter and Saturn is a sight to behold...A lot of people talk of the Mak 180 being a "one trick pony" good only for lunar and planetary work - it is also superb on deep sky objects, eg globular clusters, planetary nebulae and open cluster etc. blah blah blah...A wide field of view is not neccesary.Ask yourself how many times do you need a "mega" wide field of view?The only thing this scope can't fit in its field of view is something like M45 The Pleidades. The rest of the Messier objects are superb in this scope - fabulous detail and contrast. Globular Clusters are completely resolved etc.Bang for Buck - AMAZING..
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