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#1 Blair

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 11:06 AM

For those looking at Stellarvue's 80/9D ($399 with no eyepieces or diagonal) or Orion's 80ED ($499 with no accessories) may want to look at Orion's Apex 102mm Mak ($279 with 25mm Plossl, 6X26mm finder and 45 degree correct image diagonal).

I have mine on Orion's AZ-3 and have been able to go to about 170X with no noticeable vibration when I refocus.

Its 1300mm focal length allows the use of longer focal length eyepieces to achieve 50X to 100X (which is my usual useful powers for my average seeing) when compared to the previously mentioned scopes.

At worst, this scope is equal to a 97mm unobstructed scope so you also get more aperature for your money and still can have great portability if needed.

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:08 PM

i was checking out my new 120 st, and my orion 90 mak seemed to run circles around it on planets, and didn't have
a yellow glow....course the 8" lx was the best of the three..

#3 Blair

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 02:31 PM

The 120ST is great for quick looks on DSOs or for rich field viewing of the Milky Way Area. :grin:

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 06:11 PM

My Mak 127 is a great planetary and lunar scope. I don't really need it now that I have the Tak, but for now I'm going to keep it as my grab & go scope.

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 09:48 PM

Don't have it in my signature, but I really like my Apex 102. Very portable and gives outstanding views on a variety of objects, but mostly planets and the moon. And no false color :jump:. My go anywhere scope.

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 03:17 PM

how much lighter are these maks say when compared to a newt of the same apature? I have a 6" eq mounted newt and was thinking of switching to a dob but might consider a small mak now as well

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 03:59 PM

don't know about weight but size (length) is a lot less

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 04:37 PM

The Orion Mak-127 is smaller and lighter than a Newtonian. My Orion 6" f/5 Newt OTA weighed about 12 pounds and was 28" long and the Mak-127 weighs about 10.5 pounds and is 14.5" long.

The Russian-made Maks may weigh more than the Orion version. Currently Orion's largest Mak is the 127mm, but supposedly a 6" version is forthcoming (Skywatcher brand already introduced it in Europe and Canada).

The Mak is an excellent planetary/lunar scope and does well with some DSOs.


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