Used Intes MN-76 at OPT.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:40 AM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:05 PM
The price is $2000 which includes dew shield, Feathertouch focuser, finder and soft case. I've got a feeling that this one is going to sell soon. David
Probably not. They've overpriced it. The last two sold on Amart for $950 and $1600.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:37 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:05 PM
APM is selling the MN-76 for 2,710 Euros currently, whatever that works out to in dollars. The FT focuser is light years better than the Russian crayford "leaning tower of pizza" stock focuser. I have a MN-66 and it's a wonderful scope.
The one selling on Amart for $950 had a Moonlight so not too much off from an FT. I looked closely at the other one and it actually sold for $980 ($1600 was a package price for mount + scope) but it had some chips near the mirror retainer. A search for the past 2 years turns up more than a few and the ones confirmed sold ranged from $950 to $1650. A sampling found a couple with 2-speed focusers on them rather than the poor original Intes ones.
I myself own an MN66 with 1/50 RMS optics, quartz primary, a 2-speed JMI NGF, heavy duty Parallax rings and a fitted, fully baffled dewshield and its performance is phenomenal. Bought at a bargain basement price of $800 due to a previous owner having made a 1" scratch in the corrector (doesn't bother me).
I find APM's prices unbelievable to say the least. $3592 for a "vanilla" Intes scope??? At those prices, the Mak doesn't offer much value over a larger premium Newt. You could custom build a 10" Newt with a curved secondary holder and a Zambuto primary (currently $1400) and have lots of change left over for a Paracorr, premium eyepieces and a dob mount, perhaps even a tracking mount.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:46 AM
I personally would be tempted if it were at least $500 cheaper and could pick it up at Oceanside as I would be too concerned, due to personal experience with my very fine MN-66, that the ota would be damaged if it were shipped cross country to me.
Still, I think someone will pay the price as I believe you are getting the equivalent of a 6" APO in the MN-76.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:20 AM
The MN 76 from intes is an old model and the Intes micro MN76 is more better nowadays.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:36 AM
I traded up to this one as it had a moto-focus and a cooling fan, as well as a guide scope and rotating rings.
They added a second mount for the guide scope, so you don't have to rotate it into a better position.
So far, my only complaint is the amount of extension I need to get focus with certain TV eyepieces
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:50 AM
The Intes MC's are MK65, 66, 67.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:58 PM
I think it is a little bit spensive, but those telescopes are difficult to find, so if you like one go for it.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:36 PM