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    Default Celestron Omni XLT 120 Vs Sky-Watcher Evo 120



    Hi All
    Really could do with some help and opinions.
    I currently have a Omni XLT 120 cg4 on order with Telescope Planet. (Don't want to bash them yet, as they have done nothing wrong so far)
    Unfortunately according to EVERY UK Distributer and the main importer, the Celestron 120 will not be back in stock till Late April-May. Placed my order in Jan at which time the wait has gone from a one month to 5 months. So I'm getting an itchy eye!

    Now thinking should I swap my order? What do you think?

    So the choices are

    Evostar 120 (EQ5) Achro Refractor. It comes with better mount and more stuff 2"Star Diag, 10mm & 25mm EP's. I understand the EP's value, but how much is the 2" diag worth in the scheme of things (I don't mean £ worth, I mean viewing worth)
    For £369
    Or
    Stick with the Celestron XLT 120 CG-4 Achro Refractor. Comes with CG-4 Mount and less stuff, 1.25 Star Diag and 25mm EP. But the sales speal does bag on about its XLT coatings.
    For £279,
    (Telescope Planet are committed to this deal as they have confirmed order and taken my money.)

    Either option would require me to buy more/replacement stuff
    EP's (5, 7-8, 10, 12-15, 25 and 32) or may go done Barlow option, will discuss this when scope choice is made.
    And what is the 2" diag worth against a 1.25 with 120mm F8.3 refractor.

    Thanks for reading this lengthy post hope it made sense and I look forward to your input in helping me decide.

    Clear Skies and twitchless eyes x
    Cheers
    Tim

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    As far as I know BOTH OTA's are identical...both made in the same factory one branded a skywatcher the other a Celestorn...

    The Mount on the skywatcher I'm honestly not sure of as the nomenclature on mounts varies all over the place a CG-4 may be equal to a EQ-5 I just do not know...

    The coatings on the OTA's...are also identical... A 2 inch diagonal is always a plus but really not a big deal especially in a long refractor ...

    As a general rule I never buy a scope because of the extras...mainly because if I need those extras I find I can write a check for a Better one then what is given away with the scope...

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    I purchased my Advanced Series C6S(XLT) SCT from Telescope Planet during their move last year and things went fine. Simon, has always been very helpful answering questions I have about equipment.

    SkyWatcher has a SynScan GOTO conversion kit for its EQ5 mount should you want to travel this path in the future. As far as I know, no goto conversion is available for the CG4.
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    Thanks so far Bob and Sxinias
    The info given helps huge amounts and events are know moving. Just got a call from those nice people at Telescope Planet (Neil) and he is going to try sort something out for me. During the call it was sort of hinted that the OTA's were the same.
    The details on the mounts is great. By choice I want to do everything on manual so that i can/have to learn the skies. But having ability to add goto on the EQ5 could/would be a good future purchase.
    Good point about the 2" Diag on a long refractor, I sort of thought as much but was not sure, as it will be mostly used for our solar system objects.
    I'll let you know what Neil gets back to me with.
    Many Thanks
    Tim

 

 

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