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Maverick199
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MAK 150
      #5992831 - 07/27/13 11:33 AM Attachment (134 downloads)

Got this yesterday but due to bad weather which continues to persist, could not take it for a test drive. I took some images however which hopefully is of help.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5992833 - 07/27/13 11:33 AM Attachment (61 downloads)

Packaging..sturdy with styrofoam on all sides, well protected.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5992835 - 07/27/13 11:35 AM Attachment (82 downloads)

With the aluminium dew shield, diagonal, eyepieces and 8 x 50 finderscope, this will easily touch 22 lbs but found the ZEQ25 handled the weight well despite being short of another counterweight which I have ordered since.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5992866 - 07/27/13 11:54 AM

I love Maksutovs. Is that a 2-speed focuser? Humm, maybe time to get a new one.....

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: tomharri]
      #5992894 - 07/27/13 12:14 PM Attachment (62 downloads)

Yes Tom, it is and looks solid.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5993618 - 07/27/13 08:39 PM

Please let us know how the view compares to the c6 and the ar102

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: redlinedb16a]
      #5993648 - 07/27/13 08:51 PM

I like the idea of the ioptron mak, looking forward to your thoughts on it in the field.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: AngryHandyman]
      #5993803 - 07/27/13 10:40 PM

Haseeb,

Beautiful scope! Can't wait to hear your first light report.


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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5994069 - 07/28/13 02:32 AM

Mine puts up a very nice star test and arrived perfectly collimated. Nice high contrast views, especially considering the CO. I was also impressed with the view through a C6 on DSO though, although I didn't have the opportunity to compare the scopes. I don't think you can really go wrong either way. The Mak is heavier and more expensive but has better build quality and should hold collimation better, plus the corrector will outperform an SCT corrector for edge of field performance. The one thing I am not dippy about is the finder scope, which does not focus so it is always a bit blurry for me. Otherwise great scope.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: SeattleScott]
      #5994115 - 07/28/13 03:16 AM

How do you find the 2 speed focuser? Would a single speed focuser be enough; how much do you tweak focus after using the coarse focuser? Trying to get a feeling for comparing to a skywatcher/orion 150mm mak instead which I believe only has a single speed focuser.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: AngryHandyman]
      #5994133 - 07/28/13 04:26 AM

Thanks guys! Bad weather persists so I am eagerly waiting for weather to clear. I will definitely compare with AR 102, C6 to get an idea of the Mak - Cass' performance. I hope the narrow f/12 does not pose an issue. I know the C6 is F/10 but not sure how different a Rumak Mak is compared to SCT.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: AngryHandyman]
      #5994135 - 07/28/13 04:29 AM

Quote:

How do you find the 2 speed focuser? Would a single speed focuser be enough; how much do you tweak focus after using the coarse focuser? Trying to get a feeling for comparing to a skywatcher/orion 150mm mak instead which I believe only has a single speed focuser.




Maybe try Agenaastro or Astronomics? Normally I find using the normal focuser enough to achieve focus and very rarely I use fine tune knob. Perhaps while the image is magnified on the DSLR's live view, the fine focuser may come handy getting stars sharply focused.


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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: tomharri]
      #5994178 - 07/28/13 05:50 AM

Quote:

I love Maksutovs. Is that a 2-speed focuser? Humm, maybe time to get a new one.....




Me, too...fell in love with mine like no other CAT or Dob I've owned. Not bad for a 6" scope. It rocks.

Good luck with yours, Ima bettin you gonna love it.


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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5994395 - 07/28/13 09:44 AM

Very nice looking scope. I'll be interested in hearing how it stacks up to the C6 SCT. The C6 (at least here) runs approximately half the price but lacks the elegant details like the 2-speed focuser, hard case and factory dew shield.

Also the factory CO spec in the manual for this scope (57mm) is a typo. The 6" Bosma has a 47mm CO. It is the 8" Bosma MCT that has the 57mm CO. This scope, should have a quite reasonable ~31% CO.

Regards,

Jim

Edited by jrbarnett (07/28/13 09:48 AM)


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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5994457 - 07/28/13 10:23 AM

I think its 38%. I checked their revised manual and there's no mention of either but will anyway want to find out by sending them an email.

Weather is bad here and both my WO Z71 and Mak 150 remain as yet untested. Hopefully the new equipment curse lifts earlier than expected.


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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5994617 - 07/28/13 12:07 PM

I don't currently have a mak, but I've had my eye on this one for nearly a year, so I'm curious about the differences such as the 2 speed focuser, rumak style secondary vs silver spotted secondary etc. It's the back and forth dance between the skywatcher 150 and the ioptron 150. In either case, it's more nickels to save! Enjoy your new scope, it looks like a beauty!

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: AngryHandyman]
      #5994633 - 07/28/13 12:16 PM

Thanks Jeremy, whichever you get, I hope you enjoy. Also hope the bad weather over here changes fast.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5995163 - 07/28/13 05:15 PM

For low power (a relative term with a Mak) I do not tend to use the fine focus. But as soon as I get up around 150-200x it does come in handy. The primary is F3 so the focus is pretty sensitive.

Obviously Rumak is considered better than silver spot, less distortion, but I don't know how measurable or noticeable it would be at the eyepiece. And I don't have a Gregorian to compare it to.

Part of what sold me on the Mak instead of C6 is the field of view. The C6 really seems designed for 1.25" eyepieces, whereas the Mak is designed to take full advantage of 2" eyepieces. In practice though the 2" diagonal bumps the F ratio up to around F14 so that negates much of the advantage compared to the C6 at F10.

The weight is much more than the C6, probably considerably more than the Orion/Skywatcher version. But I was planning to use it mainly on a CG5 so I wasn't too concerned about that. Even works fine on my AZ4 in a pinch. I guess I thought of it this way - the Intes models are on the heavy side too, but they hold collimation extremely well and are pretty durable as long as you don't drop it off your deck. Too early to tell if the weight of the iOptron translates to holding collimation and durability, but here's to hoping so.


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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: SeattleScott]
      #5995409 - 07/28/13 08:12 PM

Thanks for the follow up info, the C6 comparison is helpful regarding the 2" eyepieces/diagnol etc. I'm a ways away from getting a mak, a C11 and C80ED purchase this year already has exhausted my nickel jar, but this thread has peaked my interest again - don't see too many mak threads so it's been great to hear about some others experiences.

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Re: MAK 150 new [Re: AngryHandyman]
      #5995995 - 07/29/13 05:53 AM

Yes Jeremy, very useful point by Scott with regard to 2" EP's. Both the volume and weight is overbearing at first but after a few trial runs, I seem to get used to it. I think with a 2" diagonal, 2" eyepiece, Finderscope, it tips the scales at around 23 lbs. Just under the ZEQ25 and CG-5 payloads. Note though, this does not come with a diagonal so you need to buy separately in case you don't own one.

I am new to Mak-Cass as well so not sure how to compare the Rumak with silver spot. I hope I am able to give it a test soon enough once weather clears.


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