AstronomyUkraine Posted December 20, 2020 Share Posted December 20, 2020 My Esprit 120 finally arrived yesterday. I ordered the scope back in July, and after months of delays I received a call from the PO, to come and pick it up. I was faced with a huge box, well over a metre in length, and was thinking they must have sent the wrong scope, the box looked way too big for a scope with a FL of 840mm.Inside the box was a very sturdy black case with wheels at one end. The case was very well constructed, with a handle at either end, and one on the front of the case. It has a very good locking system, which could incorporate the use of padlocks, if one so wished. I doubt I will ever use the case again, it's not exactly a portable scope.Now for the interesting bit, the scope. The scope inside was very secure, and held in place with an interesting design that incorporated foam balls as padding, to stop any movement in transport.The scope comes with a selection of accessories, most of which will stay in the box. It comes with a 28mm eyepiece, which is the same one that come with my ED80. The star diagonal is also the same as the one that come with my ED80. The 9x50 finderscope will not get used, I have no need for it. It comes with an 3" to 48mm extension tube, which I wasn't expecting, whether I need this or not, will have to wait until the clouds clear, and find my focus point.Finally, on to the scope itself. It looks a thing of beauty, the build quality is far superior to my ED80. It is a lump of a scope, probably 13kg with all my accessories attached to it. I have two 5.1kg counterweights on the counterweight shaft, and both are at the bottom of the shaft, and I still have a field flattener and my auto focuser to attach to the scope, hope I don't need another counterweight.The focuser has a very smooth action, and has no problem lifting my filter wheel and ASI 1600, even with the micro adjuster. I'm waiting for a bracket to come so I can attach my ZWO autofocuser to the scope, the existing bracket does not fit the Esprit 120. I don't believe manual focusing will be a problem with this scope at all, it needs minimum effort to adjust focusing.One problem I will have is with star shape, until my field flattener arrives. I was tempted to buy the new 0.77x reducer for the Esprit 120, which would have give it a respectable 646.8 Fl, and a quite fast f5.39, but with galaxy season coming up, I opted for the flattener, the reducer will be a future purchase.Overall I am very impressed with what I have seen so far, with one exception, the retractable dew shield is poorly thought out in my opinion. There is a 3mm gap between the shield and the scope body, not exactly a snug fit. It has two screws to secure the dew shield when it is extended, but touching the dew shield causes it to pivot on those two screws. A far better option would have been to use 3 screws at 120° apart, stopping any movement of the dew shield. If it becomes a problem I will drill another two screw holes in the shield, stopping any possible movement.When the skies finally clear, I will post another article on first light impressions.Brian 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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