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#1 Astronomics

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 07:50 PM

We will have some new scopes in the line very shortly. The first is a 150mm f/12 Mak. The second is a 200mm f/12 Mak. The 150 is priced at $579.00 and the 200 is $1995. So far they have all tested out very well optically and think they will continue to follow in the Astro-Tech mission statement of more performance less money.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:11 PM

Any photos or specs on the 150mm Mak? (or the 200)

Sounds interesting. :)

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 09:00 PM

Soon.

#4 Rusty

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 09:56 PM

The Mighty Kong is SUCH a tease!

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 11:30 PM

Im definitly interested in the 6in Mak. :yay:

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:48 PM

The Mighty Kong is SUCH a tease!


You ain't kiddin'. As bad as girls I remember from highschool. :lol: BUT, at least we know the Kong delivers eventually. :jump:

Any updates on the 106?

#7 Glassthrower

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:29 PM

Good point Steve. :lol:

It is a tease, but you can bet Astro-Tech will deliver. :)

An ~8 inch Mak is very enticing. I owned an Orion 150 Mak and loved it. At that point, the biggest available Mak (without going "high end") was a 7" - either from Meade or Synta. Now AT is upping the ante with an 8" Mak. I can't wait to hear more.

#8 Mark Costello

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 05:09 PM

Hi Mike,

What is the lowdown on provisions in these scopes for active and in particular passive cooldown? Also (I almost forgot), what are the physical dimensions of the scopes (including weight)?



They look like a good deal.

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 12:08 AM

It is a tease, but you can bet Astro-Tech will deliver. :)


Glassthrower,

I count the following new products:

1) a set of proprietary EPs, the Paradigms
2) a line of "affordable" RCs in 6,8,10,12 and 16 inch
3) triplet refractors in 106mm and 150mm
4) Maks in 150mm and 200mm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't think of another reseller/manufacturer that's announced/offered such an extensive assortment of new scopes recently. This is particularly impressive considering how relatively young the Astro-Tech brand is. Well worth a little tease.:waytogo:

I can't help but wonder what's too early in the pipeline for Mike B/The Mighty Kong to mention. There's no question in my mind that, as The Kong mentioned in another thread, Astronomics/Astro-Tech is looking to change the industry's performance per dollar paradigm.:woohoo:

I look forward to the Mighy Kong's next tease. :rainbow:

Clears Skies and Best Wishes

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 06:33 AM

I Love Refractors But The Prices And Performances(Not to Mention The Compact Size)Have Made Me A Mak Convert.
I Will Be VERY INTERESTED in the 150mm.

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 06:03 PM

Hi Mike, good news, any other info would be great! Are you looking at just making them F12 or maybe some at F10, its just that F10 seems to be a good all around focal ratio. Will they be ready before NEAF or will that be when you plan to roll them out.
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:37 PM

Can you paint a big Florida Gator logo on the side??

:poke:

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 11:55 AM

Ouuuch!

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 12:33 PM

Sorry, I couldn't resist. :shrug:

#15 Astronomics

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 06:02 PM

The 106 should be good to go in 21 days. The lenses have been here, but we switched from carbon fiber to our white/gray aluminum bodies. We spent $20K setting up the carbon fiber a year ago for the company. We have used it on the 80mm, but to many people have stated a distaste for it. There won't be much choice on the 150 triplet as we can have as many as one tube made at a time and that isn't really possible with aluminum.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 06:06 PM

No active cooling, heck our 7" Questar doesn't have active cooling. The rear cell has three plugs in it for collimation, but it also exposes the rear cell to allow heat to come out. I don't have exact weight on the 6. The Voyager handled it with ease.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 06:08 PM

f/12 is the number. We will have them for sale in the next few weeks. We already have a small amount of the 150 here and the 200 is due in a week or so.

Mike

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 06:10 PM

That's oaky, I am just glad we have had a chance to play for the national title 40% of the time in the last decade and participate in a BCS bowl greater then 50% of the time since their inception. I don't know of many other schools that can say that.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 03:07 PM

Michigan can! haha jk jk...I am soo depressed about my school's football team....oh also so I don't get yelled at by moderators, when are there going to be pics of these telescopes....

#20 Astronomics

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 04:37 PM

Full write up with specs here and pics.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 10:27 PM

Mike,

What are the central obstructions?

Are the secondaries separate radii polished in the corrector, or inserted and bonded?

#22 Talstarone

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 04:06 AM

Now that is one Beautiful Mak.
I see I might just have to find something large enough to hold and Handle This Baby.
Job Well Done Mighty Kong and Astro-Tech!

#23 Astronomics

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:04 AM

For the central obstruction size I'll be able to give you information tomorrow. But for secondary mirrors, please note that they are not simply polished in the meniscus corrector but are inserted and bonded as a separate lens. It's Rumak structure, not the Gregory.

I hope that information is helpful.

Mike

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:43 PM

IS it factory collimated and not needing collimation from ape-like creatures such as myself? When are there going to be pictures of the 8" version, I was going to try to get a 5 inch ED triplet (well I really want a 6 inch triplet, the new AT to be exact but with the baby on the way, it will have to wait)...well maybe I could get a Takahashi....anyone need an extra kidney? lol

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:47 PM

It is collimated. 8" is roughly two weeks off.






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