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#1 DavidNealMinnick

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:47 PM

...will be made, Yuri announces here.

#2 pop

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:02 PM

I don't know TEC-7 Mak VS AP, Intes or Mirage7?

But it is very expensive scope.

#3 t.r.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

The quality is AP and APM equivalent. Worth every penny. ;)

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

The Santel is very comparable in build/optical quality, and even design/features.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

The Santel is very comparable in build/optical quality, and even design/features.


So is my STF-Mirage. The front and rear cells are machined, so collimation stays spot on - and the glass is wonderful. :waytogo:

I talked to Yuri a couple of years ago and he mentioned that he wanted to build some more Maks and thought 7 inches would be a good size. His products are excellent and I think they will be very popular.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

Nice specs, only the price is somewhat less nice. For that money you could buy the new APM 152 APO doublet; tough choice.

#7 NHRob

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:20 PM

Does Santel even make Maks anymore?

#8 saemark30

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

Is it worth $3000 more than a Synta 180 Mak?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

That is a personal choice. Like is a Mercedes Benz worth $40,000 more than a Kia Optima?

If I had the choice between the Synta Mak and a TEC, I would buy the TEC--as long as I could afford it. The TEC would be better in every possible way. How much better? That may depend on how you use the scope and how lucky you were in the Synta lottery.

#10 Heavens Above

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

Just put my name down for the last one! All twelve sold in a few days!

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:29 PM

Is it worth $3000 more than a Synta 180 Mak?


You'll lose money on the Synta and probably make some on the TEC if you ever sell them.

Performance-wise? Smooth 0.02 RMS optics will show the difference at the eyepiece but the law of diminishing returns applies as usual.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:15 PM

Just put my name down for the last one! All twelve sold in a few days!


+1 :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:36 PM

Does Santel even make Maks anymore?


Unfortunately no, only professional/university Maksutovs now. I was fortunate to purchase one of the last 228 Rumaks about 5 yrs ago. Awesome telescope and built solid.

Best,
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#14 Heavens Above

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:48 AM

Have to sell my Mewlon 210 to get the Tec, hope I am doing the right thing?

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:17 AM

Synta lottery is a good expression.
Last year i purchased a new SW 180 Pro Mak. It had the worst star test and performance of any scope i have owned.Not all are like that, but this one got through.
So the TEC is a safe bet imo.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:51 AM

Have to sell my Mewlon 210 to get the Tec, hope I am doing the right thing?


I'd say that depends on what the optics in your Mewlon are like and/or what you seek to gain in a change of scopes. If optical quality can be considered relatively equal, the most obvious gain will be a considerably wider diffraction limited field. The most likely tradeoff to obtain that is the step down in aperture and possibly a bit more difficulty in cooldown.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

What did the stars look like?
Did you take it back and get another one?

#18 Bill Barlow

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

If I already had the Mewlon 210, not sure I would have gone for the TEC 180 and lose 30mm of aperture. Do you like the views through your Mewlon?

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

[quote name="Bill Barlow"]If I already had the Mewlon 210, not sure I would have gone for the TEC 180 and lose 30mm of aperture. Do you like the views through your Mewlon?

Bill [/quote

I know he likes the 210
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#20 Heavens Above

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:02 PM

Hi guys. Yes I do love my Mewlon, as my review clearly demonstrates and decided in the end that no 180 mak, no matter how good the optics are, could replace it. It was also bit too expensive when you have to pay 25% import duties to get one into the UK.

At the same time I got to use a second hand Orion OMC200 F20 mak and was amazed at its quality on Jupiter. This cost less than 30% of the cost of the new Tec. I will be reviewing this scope over the next couple of months but my first impressions are that I might have found the holy grail of portable planetary scopes.

So many decisions to make in one weekend! :)

#21 Jeff B

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

Well I put my money down and I'm on the list for one. With only 12 (so far) being made, I could not pass it up. I will have an interesting time this spring. Rather than a shoot out, I'll have a small war with my MN76, M715, APM 175 F8, 11" D&G stopped down to 7", an 8" F9 achromat stopped down to 7" + a Chromacor, and this TEC 7.

Should be interesting.

Jeff

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

Jeff,

What an army! :bow:

What 8" F9 achro is this? IStar? Classic or R-series? APM? Someone else?

So, where do we lineup for betting?! :roflmao:

Clear Skies,

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:13 PM

At the same time I got to use a second hand Orion OMC200 F20 mak and was amazed at its quality on Jupiter. This cost less than 30% of the cost of the new Tec. I will be reviewing this scope over the next couple of months but my first impressions are that I might have found the holy grail of portable planetary scopes.



There is something special about long focus F/20 super planetary Maks, these are rare birds and generally do not appeal to the average amateur due to the fact that they are really special purpose instruments optimized for high power use only, but if one is primarily interested in planets and needs a portable scope then the F/20 Maks are hard to beat.

TEC offered F/20 long focus planetary Maks in 200 & 250 apertures, the 200/20 was discontinued about eleven years ago and was replaced with 200/15.5 which turned out to be their best seller. The new TEC7 is modeled after and is the scaled down version of the more popular 200/15.5 model.

The F/15’s generally come with 26-27% co. where as the F/20’s have 22% co.
A number of years ago I purchased a used like new TEC200/20, in fact it was the very last one made from that series, planetary images in a binoviewer are very much like an apo with pinpoint stars across the field and exceptional contrast, viewing planets at high powers this Mak outperforms my 155 long focus apo hand down In every category including contrast.

I am really puzzled why F/15’s are more common than F/20’s, the fact is that once you get up to F/15 or thereabouts you have a scope with a narrow field of view that is fit for lunar/planetary purpose only, and if that is the case then why not consider an F/20 with smaller co. and better contrast.

Vahe

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

Interesting, but what about cooldown time or mediocre seeing for the 8" F20 Mak?
For subzero temps in the North or Midwest, APOs are preferred as the late Thomas Back thought so.
Is there any optical advantage of a Mak over a long Newtonian?

#25 Mark Costello

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:09 PM

The only ones I can think of are that a MCT would be more portable and "handier" than a long Newtonian. But for some amateurs that might offset the optical superiority of the Newtonian and swing the decision in favor of the MCT....






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