My Own Recommendation:

People often ask me what kind of telescope I use myself, and why that's the case.


The answer is that I use a SkyWatcher 150P on a SkyScan2001 EQ mounting.


My main interest is the planets, but I like to look at deep sky too!


The reason I use the 150P is that, although I have owned and used many, many telescopes, as you can see on this website, I find that the 150P gathers enough light to see the faintest thing I'm interested in seeing, it's got a good enough resolution to show the detail I'm interested in on the planets and magnifications suitable for the planets and sufficient that close doubles are easily within reach. 


On a good night I can utilise 225x magnification without any of it being 'wasted' (New detail becomes available over a less magnified image).  The reason for this is the quality of the SkyWatcher's Parabolic mirror and secondary, and the good quality Plössl eyepieces I use.


The tube is short enough to suffer from little vibration and 'wind wobble', especially on the SkyScan2001 mount, whilst being sturdy enough to hold everything in place perfectly without going out of alignment every few days.


The manufacture is good and the design is faultless.


It has to be said that the role of the mounting cannot be overemphasised.  The sturdier and heavier the mounting, the better the view. For the 150P the SkyScan2001 is ideal.  Rapidly negating any knocks and wind shake this makes observing in less than ideal conditions tollerable.  This means that I can spend more time under the stars and less time complaining about the breeze!



Why do I not recommend my amazing 150mm f8 refractor, a telescope I drooled over for thirty years?  Because the tube is so long that at times you really can't reach the slow motions from the eyepiece position!  Although the image is undeniably beautiful, the difficulty of easily guiding the refractor spoils the experience.