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    Default Skywatcher Explorer-200PDS for visual



    Does anyone here own a Skywatcher Explorer-200PDS ? According to its description it's primarily designed for Astro-imaging.
    My question is: can I use it for visual with any degree of success?

    As far I understand it has a few downsides for visual observation: the larger secondary mirror (58 mm vs 'normal' 52 mm) that is going to increase the area of central obstruction and thus further reduce the contrast and light gathering power; inability to focus with some eyepieces due to the secondary placed closer to the primary mirror. The latter can be cured with some spacers as far as I know - what kind of spacers and where can I get them?

    I'm going to place it on a DIY dob mount and use it strictly for visual. Am I going to be disappointed? They have one locally in stock on discount currently that's why I'm interested in it being on a tight budget.

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    Default Re: Skywatcher Explorer-200PDS for visual

    I do not have the scope, but I have looked through a similar astrograph. The only thing needed for visual use (at least with the EPs we used) was an extension tube added to the focuser to push the EPs out far enough to reach focus. But the view was not particularly good (even after spending a lot of time trying to dial in that perfect collimation) and I would not have enjoyed it as a visual scope.

    https://www.firstlightoptics.com/ada...sion-tube.html

    I would much rather have the standard 8" f/6 Newt (Dob) tube.
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