Well I’ve had a chance to take the Esprit 120 on a good test drive and it has been a bit of a disappointment. The new scope sent from SkyWatcher Canada still has strange spikes on the stars and SkyWatcher Canada tells me that all of their stock seems to have the same problem. Take a look at the star image below.
Not the nicest stellar image; especially since I bought the refractor, in part, to get rid of diffraction spikes from my reflector. It seems there is a problem with at least one batch of the scopes. SkyWatcher has been very good and forthcoming about the issue and is looking into the problem to get me a scope that works as advertised. I know the scope can perform well from several great reviews so stay tuned as I wait for the factory to look into the problem.