IntesMicro503 OTA or Starmax w/Eq?
Posted 29 March 2004 - 02:35 PM
Oh, Mike at ITE is throwing in the screw-in dew shield for free.
Posted 29 March 2004 - 04:52 PM
The IM703 was a bit of a disappointment. I bought mine from ITE. Sharpness didn't seem up to what others raved it to be - sharper than my old C8, yes, but I was expecting more, esp. for what I paid for it. Although mine was "certified" to 1/6, star testing seemed to reveal that it was closer to 1/4 wave. Collimation is a chore with this scope: the secondary housing has three pairs of push-pull screws. They were tedious to adjust - you didn't know which screw did the pulling or pushing. I don't know if the IM503 has a similar design but if it does, you've been warned ;-). My feeling is that you'll likely have better results with the smaller aperture IM Maks.
I can't comment on the mounts, though. I've no experience using them.
Posted 29 March 2004 - 05:06 PM
Thanks for the input!
Posted 30 March 2004 - 06:04 PM
I have no experience with the Intes, but I have used the Starmax for 3 years now. Outstanding little scope. It will be a perfect match for your AT1010. The EQ-3 mount works very well with this OTA.
Posted 31 March 2004 - 01:14 PM