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Quote:People are probably confused about Intes vs. Intes Micro - as I am.
Quote:You can't get the Russian scopes new in CONUSA anymore, can you? Teton telescopes has been put out of business by APM Germany.
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Quote:I have the best of both worlds: my Q7 was VERY secondhand and horribly dirty inside, so while I was trying to find someone in the UK to clean it, I acquired a 7" F10 Russian MCT, tapped a suitable hole into its mounting plate and fitted it to the Q7's forkmount -- lovely!
Quote:That sounds interesting, did you raise the mounting plate on a block to center the OTA with the setting circles ?
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Quote:Quote:I have the best of both worlds: my Q7 was VERY secondhand and horribly dirty inside, so while I was trying to find someone in the UK to clean it, I acquired a 7" F10 Russian MCT, tapped a suitable hole into its mounting plate and fitted it to the Q7's forkmount -- lovely!
That sounds interesting, did you raise the mounting plate on a block to center the OTA with the setting circles ?
Can you post photos please.
Quote:In another thread here I posted a UK source for 230v UK to 110v US step down transformers. Here it is again...www.newmarket-transformers.co.ukFor £52 pounds (roughly $75) you could have your Q7 fork mount up and running, a cheap investment for such a fine piece of equipment.I live part time in the UK. So far, you are the only other person I've heard of who besides myself, has a Questar 7 here in the UK; it would be interesting to compare the two sometime.Could you tell us what model your Russian 7" Mak is ? At the moment, my friend Matthew is selling his Intes 715 Mak on the SGL classifieds; would be interesting to try it in our fork mount before it sells. Just for fun after reading your post, I popped our Intes-Micro Alter M500 Mak into our Q7 fork mount today; I think everyone will agree, its a bit overkill for a 5" scope, LoL. Hank is right, an unoccupied Questar 7 mount is rare, we should make every effort to use them.
Quote:Your Questar serial number does have a Pyrex mirror as the 'P' The Q7 serial number starts with the type of mirror used, in your case Pyrex. The second digit seems to always be the number '7' meaning it is a Questar 7. This is then followed by the serial number, in your case 699. Most like this Q7 was made sometime between 1988 and 1990 most likely 1988 of 1989. The DP means of course it is Duplex and the 3B as you typed it is most likely BB for Broad Band coatings. I believe to have the star chart and or moon map was an extra expense at the time. Ralph Foss
Quote:Mr. Bakker, who frequently posts on this forum, also had a Q7 with the gorgeous mystic purple color. His photos prompted me to order ours without the star charts, which I'm glad I did. Even though the purple anodizing is no longer available, the blue finish we received looks classic also.Going by our 5" Mak, the Intes scopes seem to have robust housings, the optical tube is 172mm in diameter. Its 45mm wider than the primary mirror. If this follows through with other scopes, I can understand your fork clearance issue as our fork saddle is 210mm wide.