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    I am looking for info on a used Skywatcher 203 mm (8") SCT, 2000mm Focal Length, on a goto mount.
    There is not much info I have found online about this or other Skywatcher SCT scopes. I am taking a road trip this afternoon to check it out.

    Does anyone have any history with Skywatcher SCT's?

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    Default Re: Skywatcher SCT

    I don't know about if there are any old models but Skywatcher don't make SCTs. Do you mean Celestron instead?

    Edit: It seems the situation is different in the US tot he UK (here SW do not have SCTs available). Whatever, the manufacturer is the same - Synta - and so if it is in fact a Skywatcher SCT - just look up Celestron SCT for the same size. Many people have these (including me).
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    Default Re: Skywatcher SCT

    Synta Co. owns both Celestron and SkyWatcher. For a short time SkyWatcher did have an 8 inch SCT but some years ago, Synta eliminated some dublication between the two telescope lines, especially in the USA where few SkyWatcher produtcs are now available.

    Here is a link to an old advert for an 8 inch SkyWatcher SCT. It most likely is the same optically as an advanced series C8S and the mount is better than the Celestron CG5 mount. Unlike the Celestron CG5 mount, the SkyWatcher mount has ball bearings in both DEC and RA. The SkyWatcher synScan hand controller programming is very accurate. I certainly would not object to owning one.

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    Default Re: Skywatcher SCT

    Thanks, it is a SW for sure, has the Starbright XLT coated optics.
    Mounted on a EQ5 goto mount, that has handheld controller. Dusty and musty. But I think I can get a great buy... I will let you all know.

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    Default Re: Skywatcher SCT

    I used to have one of the SW SCTs. I sold it - I'm just not a big fan of SCTs.
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    Default Re: Skywatcher SCT

    The skywatcher eq5 mount is certainly solid enough as long as the tripod is the steel model and not the older aluminium model in which case I recommend immediately upgrading the tripod. With a heavier 2" diagonal and eyepiece this is pretty much at its max comfortable load imho. The OTA is certainly good quality. As mentioned before look up Celestron C8 for details and reviews. Ensure its well collimated and really it is an excellent scope but needs the focal reducer on anything other the planets / moon to get the best from this scope.
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    Default Re: Skywatcher SCT

    Thanks everyone. The mount is fully functional, with guider port, and the OTA is in great shape. It all was very dirty, but fortunately the OTA was sealed up so the mirrors are not even dusty. The Corrector plate did take some work, but it is ok, no damage.
    Again, I appreciate the help, and particularly the link to the old add from SXINIAS

 

 

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