The Sky-Watcher EXPLORER-150PL is a fantastic choice for intermediate astronomers and also the serious beginner. Has a large 150mm of light gathering aperture combined with superb parabolic optics. With a longer focal length of f/8 this telescope provides higher magnification with a given eyepiece than its f/5 cousin, the Explorer-150P. Delivers excellent performance for the observation of the Moon, planets, nebulae, galaxies, star clusters and tight double-stars. Supplied with the EQ3-2 equatorial mount or EQ3 PRO SynScan Mount.
Endorsed and recommended by
Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS
"Many contemporary observers severely underestimate what a quality telescope of this size is capable of revealing.
The fit and finish of the Explorer-150PL is typical of Sky-Watchers contemporary products - in other words, extremely good for the money. The rigid yet lightweight rolled steel tube has an unobtrusive seam and the gorgeous slightly metallic sky blue paint finish contrasts nicely with the rounded black tube end castings.
M13, the great Hercules globular cluster, was a magnificent sight despite urban light pollution with resolved components across the core with innumerable peripheral stars. Verdict: a reborn classic that I can't recommend highly enough for the price.."
Ade Ashford, www.scopetest.com