The telescope is easy to use for a beginner.
Just finished trying out the Raptor 61 with a ZWO ASI071 camera attached. Excellent wide field images of the Rosette and Orion nebulas. I plan on getting the triad Ultra quad band filter.
Phenomenal little scope! I initially tried large objects like the Heart nebula and the elephants trunk neb, I also photographed the whirlpool galaxy as an experiment. The scope takes such sharp pictures that I could enlarge and crop the whirlpool into a decent picture! Very happy with this instrument.
This scope is awesome, but couldn't give if five stars as it was not as “out if the box ready” as its claimed. It took trips to the hardware store and lots of iterations to get things mounted to it. The V-Style dovetail is sooo short its kind of useless. Other than that this things produces very sharp pictures. Focusing is super easy and smooth. Filter vault is a little tight, but once the filter is “dropped” in the spot it is easy to screw in place.
It's a great little scope. The images produced are clean and crisp. I haven't had any issues with it to date. I installed a WO Cat Series Saddle Handle to mount my guide scope. I had to modify the saddle by drilling out the back mounting hole to accommodate the larger hex bolt head. I have a ZWO ASIAir Pro attached to the side on the Hex ring and I installed a ZWO EAF. I captured IC434 & M42 on the night of 12/18/20 using a ZWO ASI2600MC-Pro OSC astronomy camera. The image consists of 36 300 second subs with Dark, Flat and Dark Flat calibration frames stacked in DeepSkyStacker and processed in PixInsight.
The scope arrived about two weeks after it should’ve since my announcement day zero pre-order apparently “got stuck” in their system. Once it arrived it took me a little while to figure out how to best put all the parts together. While the rings are versatile, they don’t easily work with all dovetail clamps due to different screw sizes etc. I ended up racking my brain a ton to figure out how to pull all the necessary parts together. Ended up mounting the Zwo guidescope directly on to the back ring as well as the ASIAIR Pro using a male-male Photo tripod screw adapter off Amazon. This helped make the kit even more compact and since I was able to shortcut from mounting with dovetail clamps. The backspacing in the picture worked well without any filters. With the Radian Ultra I had to add one more of the Zwo camera spacers and then sufficient backfocus came available again. The optical quality is obviously dependent on very precise focus given the speed of the scope. ASIAIR pros focus feature worked really well here. As well as a traditional bhatinov mask of course. I’m surprised they didn’t include a bhatinov mask in the kit. That would have been a better thing to include than the mounting plates that would’ve been better to leave as an electable option depending on mount. Now that I finally have everything set up, I’ve been enjoying imaging and for wide field, I’d say it’s hitting or exceeding my expectations. Fun scope, looks good, images really well, and altogether that makes it worth the premium paid.