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DavidNealMinnick
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A few TEC 7s...
      #5655244 - 01/31/13 10:47 PM

...will be made, Yuri announces here.

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pop
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: DavidNealMinnick]
      #5656223 - 02/01/13 12:02 PM

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

But it is very expensive scope.


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t.r.
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: pop]
      #5656259 - 02/01/13 12:22 PM

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

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maknewtnut
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: pop]
      #5656388 - 02/01/13 01:38 PM

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

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RAKing
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: maknewtnut]
      #5656601 - 02/01/13 03:38 PM

Quote:

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.

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.

Cheers,

Ron


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Edwin
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: RAKing]
      #5656642 - 02/01/13 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.

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NHRob
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: Edwin]
      #5656675 - 02/01/13 04:20 PM

Does Santel even make Maks anymore?

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saemark30
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: NHRob]
      #5656682 - 02/01/13 04:25 PM

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

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spencerj
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: saemark30]
      #5656722 - 02/01/13 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.


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Heavens Above
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: spencerj]
      #5656853 - 02/01/13 05:51 PM

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

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TG
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: saemark30]
      #5656918 - 02/01/13 06:29 PM

Quote:

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.

Tanveer.


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Jeff B
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: Heavens Above]
      #5657154 - 02/01/13 09:15 PM

Quote:

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




+1


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payner
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: NHRob]
      #5657183 - 02/01/13 09:36 PM

Quote:

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,
Randy


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Heavens Above
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: payner]
      #5657563 - 02/02/13 03:48 AM

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

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mike bacanin
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: Heavens Above]
      #5657741 - 02/02/13 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.

Mike


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maknewtnut
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: Heavens Above]
      #5657897 - 02/02/13 10:51 AM

Quote:

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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saemark30
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: mike bacanin]
      #5658639 - 02/02/13 06:06 PM

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


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Bill Barlow
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: Heavens Above]
      #5660306 - 02/03/13 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?

Bill


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houser23
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: Bill Barlow]
      #5661768 - 02/04/13 01:20 PM

Quote:

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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Heavens Above
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Re: A few TEC 7s... new [Re: houser23]
      #5662127 - 02/04/13 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!


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