David Cotterell Toronto, Ontario "If an observer actually sees an object, there is no point in referring to a formula to find out whether he ought to see it; and if he fails to detect it, no formula will ensure his success." - W.H. Steavenson 8" f/15.5 TEC Maksutov - 16" f/5 Teeter/Zambuto Dob - TEC 140 - AT 65EDQ APO Refractor - Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO Mount - iOptron ZEQ25 mount - Discmount DM6 - Canon 60Da
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A-P 105 Traveler ~ TEC 140 ED ~ TEC 6 MCT
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
150mm MCT f/13, 31% CO
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Quote:Win, win, win.. Until you want a dazzling 2 degree true field.And I expect the AP Strehl was better than .95. My own has optics that appear to be about as perfect as I have seen... I doubt that Mr, Christen would settle for less than near perfection. That is why his wait list is a better part of a decade.But this has been my own message, and I will repeat it again and again... It is very easy to beat even a perfect 6" refractor on planets and deep sky.Where big refractors excel was, is, and always will be in the ability to produce very wide, fully illuminated, razor sharp views that are very flat and well corrected for coma.No one should buy a 6" APO for planets or deep sky. It is far to easy to do better for less money... If you don't need the big field of view.So, I expect your new scope will do better on deep sky and planets than your 6" APO.But don't turn it towards the Double Cluster...
12" DSH 8" f/4 Vega MakNewt
Quote:If you are talking about the scope in your signature line, it is not the same as the f/15 MCT the OP is talking about.
Celestron C8 XLT on CG5 8inch EQ mounted newt Parks 8inch f/6 90mm mak
Quote:Hi, Bob. I met you at an NYAA meeting, yes? Anyway, thanks for the input. I'm most happy about the possibility of a Pod now. The TEC 200 will fit in there nicely with my rather hefty bulk - 6'6" - the AP didn't have a chance....The mount is an AP Mach 1 so no difficulties there....Dav
Quote:I'm picking up the TEC on Saturday and it will get first light at the Winter Star Party so a report will follow...
A 60mm department store refractor started it all....
Quote:Quote:I'm picking up the TEC on Saturday and it will get first light at the Winter Star Party so a report will follow...If this TEC 200 Mak is the one on Amart I would really appreciate if you can give me the make and model of the case that comes with the scope.I also have a TEC 200 Mak and definitely love to have that case.Vahe
Quote:I've had the need to scratch my Mak itch lately as well DC.
I think you'll enjoy the TEC, and be able to get the most out of it if observatory housed. Don't be alarmed if the focuser might have become disengaged during shipment(likely rare, but it has happened to others). It's an easy fix for you or Yuri.
Managed to pick up a super rare LOMO 203 MCT a couple of years ago. A quick analysis indicated it could never have been collimated because one primary collimation screw required replacement with a longer one to even line up the baffle to the secondary...then never really used it(apparently wasn't itching that hard back then).
Pulled it out and disassembled a couple of weeks ago to consider the possibility of cooling upgrades. Found the full length baffle tube cocked sideways. Clean, polish, reattach, relube, (and reinstall the factory collimation screw) etc....and the thing really rocks! IIRC the history page from TEC's website correctly, it was LOMO that Yuri did some of his first work with in the US. Both LOMO and TEC are pretty darn good bets on superb optics (and a bit in common when it comes to design cues too).
Split the Trap at med mag under Pickering 5-6 skies....yours will too. Enjoy!
Quote:Your Mak-Newt is f/4. My new Mak-Cass is f/15.5 - - different beasts entirely.I have an 80mm (3.1") William Optics Fluorite doublet, f/6.9 which will be the 'finder' as well as a scope that can get all 4 degrees of both halves of the Veil in one view....Dave
Quote:Bob, all this talk of loose focusers.... I'm bringing this baby home in my car, not entrusting it to those 'shipping' companies. Should be fine...... Dave