I just acquired a MEADE 7" MAK yesterday !
I have wanted one of these for years...
The first thing that I want to mention is that when I first saw it, I was surprised at how BIG it was.. also, until recently when I started reading about the Meade 7, I did not know that the MAK 7 (Meade) has an 8.25" Primary Mirror.
Way to go MEADE !!!
If any of you are wondering... the counterweight is still in it !
so, Last night.. Sky Conditions Clear, 7/10 rating in my opinion.
I put the Big Mak on the balcony about an hour before sunset, my balcony faces the East.
At about 8:45 I went out and put the MAK on my AVX Mount...
first target Cor Caroli, very beautiful, nice tight star points, then I went to M3 , M3 showed more stars than I anticipated, I also noticed this effect on M13 (later in the evening). The F15 instrument had my attention, I have been reading about these Telescopes and their performances for quite some time on the forums.
Seeing these (Outlying Stars) on the Globulars is something that I don't normally see on my Balcony.. (this is normally seen at my dark sky sight, but not from my home , East Tampa)
It must be a combination of EXCELLENT OPTICS and the f/15 Focal Ratio.
M57 was as VIVID as I have ever seen it (from the city) in any Telescope.. I was kind of surprised at how nice it was (gaining much more respect for this instrument , the more I looked at different objects).
M11 was simply OUTSTANDING, the Stars were as beautiful in this cluster as have ever seen them . and you could see the subtle light behind these Stars that I normally only see in a Dark Sky !
Albireo was really beautiful, the Turquoise Star had the most beautiful color in it that I have ever noticed.
I (with much excited anticipation) was ready to look at Jupiter as it had climbed up to a decent height in the sky. WOW... Lots of detail, the GRS was really sharp, and I could see Europa even though it was in front of Jupiter, as I took in the beauty of the big gas Giant, many pencil thin Bands, the 2 major bands showing their irregularities clearly, I saw Europa eventually come off of the limb of the Planet, that was quite a treat.
Then of Course, Saturn (which is still quite a ways from opposition), was simply Stunning, Saturn has been hanging out in a rich star filled area for the last year or so.( I remember back in the day, before wide angle Eyepieces when you would see Saturn and its Moons OR Jupiter and its Moons and that was pretty much your Planetary views.) Now with Wide Angle EPs. we are able to see the Planets with some larger field of views,
Saturn showed some very nice coloring, the Cassini Division was clearly seen and the Crepe... I looked at Saturn for over an hour, Even though I knew that there were now plenty of DSOs in Scorpio and Sagittarius to check out. The beauty of Saturn had caught me in its grip. I will look at other objects in the VERY NEAR FUTURE !.
The WONDERFUL MEADE MAK 7 has been on the Balcony for a couple of hours now, so I will soon be at the Eyepiece(s).. again this morning' (1:45 AM right now);
I have been observing ( through very good equipment ) for over 40 years.. This MEADE 7 MAK has REALLY IMPRESSED me on my first night with it, I don't think that a Telescope should really be evaluated until one has observed with it for many sessions,( different sky conditions of course produce different results).
However, judging by what I have seen on my First Light with this Telescope, I SAY.. What a GREAT Telescope it is!
Edited by clusterbuster, 12 April 2019 - 01:00 AM.