Why not a Intes/Intes Micro Forum
Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:12 PM
Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:19 PM
Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:26 PM
Looking at the Forum Index, I see that the "Telescope Specific Forums" are related to products by our sponsor.
There's no connection.
When Cloudy Nights was starting up, I volunteered to moderate a Questar forum since I was already moderating the Questar forum on Yahoo Groups. Alistair - who owned CN before Astronomics - said "Sure!" and the CN Questar forum was born. I wrote some of the "Q-Tips" entries that used to stick at the top. But unfortunately I was unable to keep up both forums and had to give up my duties here, and soon let my membership lapse as well. I returned a few years later and have stayed. There is some common membership between the forum here and my forum on Yahoo Groups. Each has its advantages.
The Questar is sufficiently unique and subject to hostile and bemused commentary from other scope owners that I think it should have its own forum. The big Russian scopes can hold their own among the other Cats and Cassegrains, so there is less need for a separate forum, but if you think you can make a case, go for it.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:06 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:02 PM
If by "the other site" you mean AM, yeah, I seldom drop in there because the forum activity is low and the interesting stuff essentially zero. CN is where it's at for forums, AM is the place for buying and selling.
Best way to generate some interest in Intes is to post in the Cats and Casses forum singing its praises, the way we do here about our Questars. I'll bet most people have forgotten about the Intes since it hasn't been much discussed in recent years. People are probably confused about Intes vs. Intes Micro - as I am. I couldn't tell you where to find one, or what the model line is, or what the advantages of the scope are. You have an opportunity to let people know what they're missing, if you're in the mood to evangelize.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:56 AM
My dad once said... "A little knowledge, is no knowledge at all". I've owned only six telescopes during my lifetime, now a seventh in what has up until reciently been a go it alone hobby; so, i'll have to defer to those more knowledgeable. Perhaps some day when my hair turns white I will evangelize, if Cloudy Nights permit it; I know somewhere I have a doctor of divinity degree from the ULC, which I got for donating a dollar about 40 years ago.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:13 AM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:19 AM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:34 PM
People are probably confused about Intes vs. Intes Micro - as I am.
Just a name change they had to undergo at the time when something was changing in their incorporation status, most likely a purely legal requirement when they outgrew the original incorporation form. I am not an Intes history buff, but this seems pretty obvious from what I did read on their website, although they do not go into details.
These are very cool scopes, certainly up there with the best, and regardless of the performance I like their old-school professional appearance. Pity they do not go hard after the US market, so the only one I was able to lay my hands on was a strange "new, limited-stock, sold as used" one from Astronomics.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:31 PM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:44 PM
You can't get the Russian scopes new in CONUSA anymore, can you? Teton telescopes has been put out of business by APM Germany.
I strongly suspect that the "limited stock, no warranty" bunch that Astronomics were selling (one of which I got) were from the liquidation of Teton.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:40 AM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:12 PM
Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:58 PM
Maybe I was just lucky.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 07:50 PM
Posted 28 April 2012 - 07:50 PM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:07 PM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 10:01 PM
Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:17 PM
I have looked at a number of them and the most recent one I've seen is a 7" f/6 made back in 1996. It is going to replace my MN 61 which is up for sale. You can get larger custom sizes, but there are other people who make these instrument if you desire them and have the pocket book to back up this desire.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:34 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:52 AM
Then they learned that I-M will only ship their scopes in wooden containers and the heavy weight drove up the shipping costs too much. So Mike sold off his inventory and hasn't ordered any more.
I would love to see a forum devoted to Russian optics. My 8" STF-Mirage Mak can hold its own with anything in its size, but I get tired of telling people they have to go to Moscow to get one.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:15 AM
The Russian scopes taught me that Quality Optics is really what counts in a scope, especially a reflector. All my scopes that contain a mirror are now 1/10 wave or better.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:50 AM