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Explore Scientific ED127Explore Scientific AR152Celestron Omni XLT 102 Orion XT10i
Homemade 16"F6.5 dob(Stellafane optical winner 1996) and 22.6" F4.9 homemade mirrors, 10"F7 dob (Stellafane 2nd opt 2009)Celestron Ultima 9.25 dynascope RV6 1973, Orange C14 1975,orangeSupC8,c11/C5orangetube CGEM, CGE, Meade 30 UWA5K,34&28mmSWA 5k,14mmUWA4K 4K/ES9mm&14mm100degree/panoptic 22mm/nagler11mmT6/7mmT1/3.5mmT6/T.V.WF 19mm and 15mm, Cel AXIOM LX 23mm/15mm Sears 80F15 3#4454/sears4-6344 76mmf16
Quote:They were all made by Synta and should have the same quality or lack of.
Quote:[APO-snobbery? Synta actually makes pretty good optics, and certainly at a price-point that makes good optics affordable by everyman. I believe good demonstrations of Synta's abilities are being able to make hugely enjoyable short-f/l achros for visual work and world-class quality MCTs.Does Synta make EDs and triplets?Shane in gray-zone NM
Quote:Given the price point of [Synta] achromats, some are good and some are dogs, just like any other mass produced item.If you think [Synta] MAKS are world class then I dare you compare them to the TEC or AP MAKS and write a review.
Shane in black-zone New Mexico
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Quote:Between both of these scopes the ES is the better scope. Probably better optics, better coatings (a little less reflective), much better focuser, and can be collimated whereas the 6" f/5 does not have an adjustable cell. A Celestron version 6" f/5 I checked was way out of collimation and was sent back to Celestron to deal with it. The scope is fine now with a happy owner. The only drawback of the ES 6" f/6.5 that it is the bulkier scope, but it's certainly not overwhelming.KarlE.O.H.Chesmont Astronomical Society - www.chesmontastro.org Galaxy Log - http://www.youtube.com/user/GalaxyLog4565?feature=mhee Glaxy Log Blog - http://galaxylog.blogspot.com/HASB - http://www.haveastellarbirthday.comTelekit (Swayze optics) 22" F/4.5 Dob Homemade (Parks Optics) 12.5" F/4.8 Dob TMB/APM 8" f/9 Refractor”The Beast”. One great DEEP SKY achro ES 6" f/6.5 achro. Good one Celestron Omni XLT 102 refractor. Celestron 10x60mm Binos
Quote:I can't fathom to think of Synta's MAKS as world class.That is something akin to Questar or TEC or AP.The Syntas do not use the finest glass quality or coatings and the mechanics are just OK, mounting the bracket to the tube is a no no. And the MAK127 is reported to have a smaller aperture of 118mm.They are the main optic suppliers and excellent value for the money but like every other low cost item they have taken some shortcuts.The quality is similar to a SCT of the same size.Reading the reviews here at CN, I have found that most people are happy with their Synta achros, with poor quality ("dogs") being the exception rather than the rule.I have also found that most people think highly of their Synta MCTs, and that they compare favorably with Rumak-Maks made in Russia. While maybe not at the pinnacle of TEC Maks, I'd say they still qualify as world-class.