Never cared for Maks. Had a Q-7 and not worth the money honey.
I think they are talking baout the 12" Mak in FL.
Never a big fan either. I picked up a 5.5" F9.5ish Aerial camera from well.. Who knows what. Incredibly good optics, superbly built, Quartz mirror. Very portable 5.5"scope. Far better than any 5 or 6" SCT I've used. Due to the design it cools very quickly. CO is largish, but it is an F9.5.
My Maks outperform any SCT I've owned. And the MTF curve is better on high frequency features like rilles or crater edges than refractors. Also, there is less glass than some of the APO triplets when having things settle. My Questar 7's did settle in a similar timeframe as my AP EDT/EDFs. Not an acquired taste, just a different blend.
The one I own, an ETX90 from about Y2K is outstanding. Perfect Airy pattern and dead on collimation. The first ring has the textbook brightening from the central obstruction, otherwise you'd think it was a refractor. That little guy will get a workout in front of my Nikon in one month! Eventually I will buy a 7" Mak, either the Meade or a Synta, my last telescope likely.
Edited by deSitter, 22 July 2017 - 01:37 AM.