Konus vs. Starmax
Posted 25 February 2004 - 03:11 PM
Posted 25 February 2004 - 04:16 PM
I've got Orion Mak and really dig it. Yes, others like it, too.
I have a Konus 200mm reflector and really like it a lot. Others seem to really like the Konus 200, too. But Konus' other scopes don't seem to have the reputation for quality that their 200mm reflector has. I haven't heard anything back about the Konus 130, but I haven't hear any rave reviews of it either. So, I guess I just don't know.
Quality issues aside, one main reason I bought the Orion Mak instead of the Konus Mak is that the focal length on the Konus is longer. It's like f14 or f16 isn't it? Mine is f12, and has focal length of 1540mm. I think the Konus is closer to 2000mm. At this long focal length, your field of view is getting really small.
So, I'd recommend the Starmax, but I agree the Konus seems like a really good deal, assuming its optics are fine, and if you don't mind narrow FOV.
good luck deciding!
Posted 25 February 2004 - 04:38 PM
Thanks for your input and I'm glad you pointed out the focal length as I neglected that part of the comparison. I'd rather have the larger field of view. I've dealt with Orion before and they are good people who stand behind the product. It looks like you can get the pro model with heavier tripod and drives for a little more money...Boy, its easy to keep climbing the equipment ladder Now if someone just produced a resonably price GOTO system for them....How is yours on DSO's? Well thanks again and it's good to meet you!
Posted 25 February 2004 - 05:42 PM
Suffice to say, the 5" Mak is awesome on planets, and will still show a lot of nice DSOs. It's especially nice on star clusters and bright objects like the Orion nebula. And its portability means you'll be able to use it a lot. If you want a "DSO scope", the Mak's probably not your best scope, but if you want a good all-around scope that handles planets and lunar exceptionally, handles DSOs ok, that is very portable and fun to use, I don't think you can go wrong with it.
You mentioned the SVP version. Unless you're planning to do astrophotography, I think this is overkill. I've found the Astroview mount that comes with the Starmax to be plenty stable, and easier to haul around, too, because it's about 10-lbs lighter than the SVP mount.
Posted 26 February 2004 - 04:54 AM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 08:06 AM
Jeff, I'm looking for a portable all arounder and the price is right also. Seems pretty hard to beat. I had no photography plans so I'll go with the lighter mount. It seems like getting a Orion red dot finder would be wise also. I know the 6x finder on my ancient Celestron 80mm Refractor was pretty useless. A Telrad made it a lot more user friendly.
Posted 26 February 2004 - 07:23 PM
I you want a larger field of view, look at an Intes Macro M503 5" Mak Cass. It is only f/10 and comes with a 2" diagonal. I little more than an Orion, but a lot less than a Questar. ITE distributes them in the States.
Yes......That is a very nice scope!
Posted 02 March 2004 - 02:15 AM