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#26 photoracer18

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 02:27 PM

I have owned the MK-65 and MK-66 in the past. Right now I have an Orion Argonaut (Intes) Mk-67 and an Intes Micro MN-56.


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Posted 24 June 2019 - 02:44 PM

While I am not a current owner, I have owned both the 5" and 6" Intes Micro MNs.    As you report, the star tests on both were perfect with exactly the same "airbrushed" quality of the diffraction rings.  I have often typed on this very forum that once you see a really perfect star test, it will look just like the picture of a perfect optic that Suiter shows in his book.

 

I have owned three telescopes with optics that have provided this "airbrused" look to the star test pattern.  One of them was an Astro-Physics, and the other two where the two Intes Micro Mak Newt Deluxe scopes. 

 

Once you have seen perfection in the star test, the look of it stays in your mind's eye.  It makes all other scopes that are imperfect in the even the slightest way easy to see.

In agree with Eddgie. Back in 07 and 08 I owned an Intes 6" F/6 Mak Newt, a 7" F/15 Mak, and an 8" F/15 Mak. Absolutely textbook images! In my experience, high power performance does not get much better than what these instruments can produce unless you own something like an AP apo of the same size. When the sky cooperates, these instruments produce images of the stars, moon, and planets, that are truly jaw dropping shocked.gif

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 03:21 PM

 I bought a used IM715D from Teton Telescope for $1,800. Excellent scope for DSOs as well as L&P. David


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Posted 24 June 2019 - 03:27 PM

Waiting for astronomical twilight ...

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 07:24 PM

Vahe:

 

About 30-35 pounds, depending on OTA length, for good ability to focus at high power.  The limiting feature of the stock GM8 is, by far, the rather low rigidity of the LW tripod.   It can be easily modified for rigidity (I used a spare Meade tripod spreader and a long threaded rod) or, what I also did, and my preference, was to cut back the legs of an HD tripod as shown with the Mach one/MN86 photo.  This considerably reduces weight and lowers eyepiece height for nice , seated observing. 

 

The stock Intes MN76 weighs only about a pound less than the MW MN 86, which uses an old set of Cave rotating rings (heavily modified to reduce their weight). 

 

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 08:11 PM

Another optical masterpiece...Intes 10" f/12.5 Rumak Cass. One I should have kept...

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 08:30 PM

"About 30-35 pounds, depending on OTA length, for good ability to focus at high power.  The limiting feature of the stock GM8 is, by far, the rather low rigidity of the LW tripod.   It can be easily modified for rigidity (I used a spare Meade tripod spreader and a long threaded rod) or, what I also did, and my preference, was to cut back the legs of an HD tripod as shown with the Mach one/MN86 photo.  This considerably reduces weight and lowers eyepiece height for nice , seated observing."

 

 

 Thanks, I will be looking for GM8 Head only primarily to reduce weight as my fully assembled G11 is just too heavy, I can use it with G11 tripod if I need height, I also have Rob Miller TRI36M without levelers and with G11 adapter, this one is low enough for 6" and 8" Maksutovs.

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 11:28 PM

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10 inch makcass.jpg Just took these set up for jupiter and saturn

 

England play Australia in the world cup cricket tonight and with this and viewing Saturn and Jupiter should be a good night.

 

Beautiful optics........


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Posted 25 June 2019 - 01:34 AM

Drool...

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 09:23 AM

If you a have an MK91 you know exactly how good these scope can bewaytogo.gif



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Posted 25 June 2019 - 02:58 PM

I sold a 10” f15 Mak Cass probably the worst decision astronomically I’ve made 😔 but just picked a super 10” zen f12.5 Mak a stunning scope
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Posted 25 June 2019 - 07:24 PM

The f10 has a larger obstruction (35ish%)  than the f12.5-15 versions  but the views are still amazing. 

 

Jupiter started ok then seeing went downhill as it got higher in the sky.   I was using a 10mm ortho and a tak prism.

 

The seeing was better the night before but I had the 7 inch mak and 4 1/2 inch apo going.

 

Refractor is good but not even close to the  10 inch on Jupiter.  I reakon it would give a 7-8 inch apo a run for its money.

 

Test report that came with scope  .122 wave PV which with astrosital mirrors= delux.  cools quickly slightly  faster then the 7 inch sw mak believe it or not. Puts that away easily in good seeing.

 

On Saturn I've gone over 400 x to advantage last night anything over 200 was a  struggle........



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Posted 25 June 2019 - 08:07 PM

The early models from what I have seen varied considerably. I had an MK 65 that very good but an early MK63 that a bit soft.. Also had the Orion Argonaut MK66 wich spanked my C8 Deluxe so badly that i sold the C8.

According to Uncle Rod (Uncle Rod’s Used CAT Buyer’s Guide 10th Edition 2013):

 

 Yes, telescopes, amateur telescopes, being peddled by a number of Russian makers. Foremost among them, at first, anyhow, was a Moscow firm called “Intes.” They entered the U.S. amateur gear market with a 6-inch f/10 Maksutov Cassegrain called, in nononsense Russian fashion, the “MK65.” This scope, which was sold only by a single U.S. dealer initially, had a number of problems. The optics were often—if not always—pretty good, but the “everything else;” the focuser, especially, could be problematical. Intes, however, as it turned out, was serious about selling telescopes in the U.S., and followed this misstep with a genuine classic, the MK67 MCT.

 

So your experience would be spot on with Ron's, as the MK66 came available shortly after the MK67.

 

I've had my MK-67 for over 10 years and has become my most used scope, below are photos in two different focuser and mount configurations.  I just realized I have the same eyepiece in each photo, it is the one I used to use most often with this scope.

 

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 12:58 PM

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I am fortunate to own three of the Intes Deluxe Mak Cassegrains. IM f-10 603 and 703 and an f-15 815. The bare ota's have masses of 4.8 kg, 6.5 kg and 12 kg respectively.

 

Nice scopes.The photos are of the 703 mounted and the 603 and 815 with a Meade 203SC. My most often used one is the 603 which is quite portable. I am guilty of leaving the 815 in it's coffin. Must get it out for a look at Jupiter although this is the time of year when seeing is a bit variable.

 

My experience with the focusers is they are mechanically poor. My 703 and 815 now have feathertouch focusers, the 603 seems to work OK. All three deliver tight images when the seeing allows.

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 10:35 AM

The Intes-Micro 10” f/10 or f/12 Mak would be my dream scope.  But way too expensive for me as I remember them being about $10K.  The largest Russian Mak I have owned was the Intes-Micro 7” f/10.

 

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 03:43 PM

The Intes-Micro 10” f/10 or f/12 Mak would be my dream scope.  But way too expensive for me as I remember them being about $10K.  The largest Russian Mak I have owned was the Intes-Micro 7” f/10.

 

Bill

I was lucky with the 10 inch I picked up very cheaply.  Just needed collimation and i fixed this is about 10 minutes.

 

Its a big heavy scope bare ota is 33 pounds with finder focuser etc around 36 pounds but EQ6AZ handles this well it has to be said.

 

Some things are excellent

optics

baffling

cooldown through venting fan etc

Some things not so good ie focuser which works but is not smooth.  It is an akward setup it has to be said the focuser and takes a lot of turns to reach focus.

 

I think of it as a 10 inch Questar its that good optically.  I use it a lot but it's a bit of a struggle mounting it you have to be careful.

 

Deepsky is really good and pinpoint over a large field also very well illuminated.  I use a 31mm Quartz GSO diagonal  on it and a GSO focuser.

 

I was able to compare it directly to me C11 in good seeing and it was a cleaner image of jupiter definetly better detail visible at times it resembles a highend webcam image the detail is that good.

 

The 7 is a good size and brother kev has a 603 and a 703 I've used a lot the 1008 is a scaled up version of those 2 everything appears to be rather similar but the focusers work better in the samller scopes.

 

I have a good sw180 which actually cools slower than the 1008.   The 7 always impresses me its a sharp scope but the 10 clearly shows a lot more. 


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 08:11 AM

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I have had my Intes MK 67 Maksutov for about 15 year and it gives very sharp view on the moon and planets.
I normally put my MK 67 on the trusty iOptron Minitower II AltAz mount for more comfortable viewing position in star parties.
I mount the MT II on an old Gitzo 1505 aluminum tripod.

The MT II and tripod go into a suitcase and the MK 67 on a back pack.
I often need to travel on public transport (bus and train) to star parties with this setup.
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Posted 28 June 2019 - 02:02 PM

The Intes-Micro 10” f/10 or f/12 Mak would be my dream scope.  But way too expensive for me as I remember them being about $10K.  The largest Russian Mak I have owned was the Intes-Micro 7” f/10.

 

Bill

Got my 10" Intes for 1500.00 used.


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 03:10 PM

Got my 10" Intes for 1500.00 used.

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 03:11 PM

I still have a set of optics for a 9" Intes Mak. I am really beginning to wonder if I will ever put them in an OTA. 



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Posted 28 June 2019 - 04:22 PM

I had an MN56 and a M503 years back.
Great scopes.
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Posted 28 June 2019 - 05:19 PM

Got my 10" Intes for 1500.00 used.

Where did you get it from?  Some folks get all the luck.  I currently own a very sharp Intes MK66, but at 6" it is not the greatest deep sky telescope.

 

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 11:04 AM

Where did you get it from?  Some folks get all the luck.  I currently own a very sharp Intes MK66, but at 6" it is not the greatest deep sky telescope.

 

Bill

Mine was a once in a lifetime find... 

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 05:27 PM

Never crossed my mind to buy one.



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Posted 29 June 2019 - 06:20 PM

Mine was a once in a lifetime find... 

That is a wonderful image Rolo.  What camera did you use to take it?




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