... It is a small 80mm Schmidt-Cassegrain. In the photos below you can see it's of the Towa brand. Don't ask me who they are, I got this as a present as a child. ...
Quote:Actually, it is not a SCT but a Mangin-Cassegrain.
Quote:I did a research to know who was the original manufacturer and found out that Kenko (Japan) could be it.
Finally ! I finally got hold of a Maksutov(Mangin)- Cassegrain telescope - I've been looking for this for a while. Thought it might be like the Meade 2045.
This telescope is a Paralux MMC 80 Paralux, one of many of the brands under which it was distributed (first advertisement appeared in " Ciel & Espace " in 1988 , while others are MEDAS Perl TCC 80 , SBS, Bresser in Germany, Poland ) . The instrument was made in Japan.
Here is a description of the instrument:
It is a Cassegrain with formula Maksutov- Mangin, with a diameter of 80 mm and a focal length of 800 mm which gives us an F / D = 10.
It is equipped with a tiny finder (4 X 20 ), 3 eyepieces ( 2 Kellners of 25 and 12.5 and an OR of 9 mm), a terrestrial erector, a camera adapter, a 1.25" diagonal for use with American or prior Japanese eyepieces, which is a good idea) .
The mount alone is heavy (3 kg). It comes with an integral tabletop tripod, although it can also be mounted on a camera tripod.
The interesting thing with the optical tube is that it only takes a few seconds to remove it from the frame (just unscrew a nut) and it becomes 800 mm telephoto lens with a tripod shoe.
Everything comes in a metal briefcase barely larger than a sheet of A4 paper type ( exact dimensions : 31cm X 25cm X 15cm).
Hardware Pricing ? 50 Euros!
Quote:My Vixen Halley 70 + the MMC 80
Quote:Here is the Bresser version of the 80/800
So, my daughter took this scope off to campus with her.
But, its intended to be used with a camera tripod - she can't stand the unbalanced arrangement. Or the lack of fine motion controls.
Putting it on an EQ-1 didn't work out either - it's not under mounted, as the mirror lens is flyweight - it's actually less than the 60mm f/7 refractor she took with her off to Moorea last fall. But the counterweight doesn't work for her and doesn't want an EQ mount but an an alt/az. Tried attaching it as an alt/az, but without the counterweight it tips over. Rats!
So here's what I've got now: (if I can figure how to upload a pic, this site now requires Flash to upload and I cannot have flash on any of my systems for IT reasons, so it may take a while).
Hmm, I guess you can"t. Well, that's the end of any picture posts from me -bye!