Meade Schmidt-Newts....for visual
Posted 26 March 2004 - 09:18 AM
Posted 26 March 2004 - 10:34 AM
The focus travel becomes a drag with planetary observing, because as both scopes have a short FL yo uwill be resorting to barlows a lot, and at the end your eyepiece is a foot away from the OTA...
- handling: Meade, it's about 6 lbs lighter.
- deep sky performance : tie, both scopes offer bright, wide and flat fields. A pleasure for open cluster and large nebulae viewers.
- planetary viewing: Intes by a significant margin. The MN 66 is an excellent planetary scope, the Meade is decent, not bad but not great. On Jupiter or Saturn it tends to max out at 250x, on the Intes the seeing is the limit.
So: if you like planetary views, take the MN66, but if you look at planets just once in a while take the Meade.
Posted 26 March 2004 - 11:09 AM
Posted 26 March 2004 - 11:19 AM
I would have loved to get the Intes Mak-Newt..but with the wife wanting to go to Italy...we need all the money we can get!
Plus, I've had the LXD55 mount before so I'm really not dying to go back to it again anyway-it was just the price that tempted me.
Thanks for chiming in guys.
Posted 26 March 2004 - 11:32 AM
Posted 26 March 2004 - 11:47 AM
Posted 28 March 2004 - 10:36 PM