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#76 Richard Whalen

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 04:40 PM

They had great optics in their day, had MN86.

Now everyone has caught up and surpassed them.

Any newt with papers is better.

They still do. Who has surpassed them? And what newtonian comes with a IF report? The MN will have no coma where a newt has a bunch. Also the newt will have more scatter, less contrast. 


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#77 Colin exraaf

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 07:17 AM

Picked up this Alter MN56 on Sunday for $236.00US ( $350.00AU )

Great Condition .... hasn't seen 1st light yet.

 

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#78 ron scarboro

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 12:45 PM

Does that draw tube intrude into the light path?


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#79 dark sky newbie

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 04:10 PM

 $236.00US

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Wow. That's a very impressive deal.

Gives me hope I might find another M603 at a reasonable price so I can make a true binoviewer with them.



#80 Colin exraaf

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:59 PM

Does that draw tube intrude into the light path?

I will find out when I get a proper mount / tripod to use it.

I did notice the  ' draw tube ' protrudes into the outer part of the tube .... we'll see and I'll let you know.



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Posted 06 August 2019 - 09:54 AM

My Intes MN 78 on Bellincioni Alpha ready to rock at hires star party.
 
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Posted 06 August 2019 - 01:20 PM

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my MN56 in William bino mode with Vixen NPLs. I need a 2x OCA to  come into focus.


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#83 Colin exraaf

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 10:57 PM

Does that draw tube intrude into the light path?

@Ron .... I had the MN56 out last night ... the Focuser Draw Tube does not interfere with the light path.

In the picture the draw tube is in it's fully closed position.

Obviously when I focus an eyepiece, I am moving the draw tube out .. hence no issues.

It's definitely a planetary Scope ...the Moon was crispy / sharp with last nights viewing ... such detail can be seen .. craters inside of craters etc.

 

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#84 Colin exraaf

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 12:18 AM

MN56 Mounted

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 01:52 AM

Colin, How well does the half-hitch cope with that - not under-mounted ?



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Posted 10 August 2019 - 02:47 AM

Colin, How well does the half-hitch cope with that - not under-mounted ?

Easy as ....rock solid .... no strain at all ....the FTX can carry quite a lot of weight.

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#87 Colin exraaf

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 02:56 AM

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 05:00 AM

I ordered a M500 to replace the FC100DL on holidays, and that little thing showed really nice, smooth optics in a convenient package.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:14 AM

Intes glass, Mattias Wirth tube, Van Slyke focuser and rotator:

 

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 02:25 PM

Intes glass, Mattias Wirth tube, Van Slyke focuser and rotator:

 

 

Have you been able to see Saturns Encke Gap with your big Mak? I imagine that your geographic location would pose a problem. I did ask Ed, the US owner of the same scope but never got a definite answer, he is located in sunbelt USA with better seeing than yours.

I am just curious.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:31 PM

 I have an Intes Mak-Cass 180mm F/10 with the Astro-Sital 1/9 wave optical system.  I added a moonlight focuser, too much backlash on stock focuser.

 

The double double in Lyra at 633x was amazing with the Nagler 3-6 zoom, perfect pinpoint stars.


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 11:53 PM

Have you been able to see Saturns Encke Gap with your big Mak? I imagine that your geographic location would pose a problem. 

Unlikely IMHO. I only saw it last year with the MK91 with Saturn at elevation ~ 78 degrees on one of those rare nights with perfect seeing, 10/10. At first Itought I was seeing double until i checked online to conclude it is technically possible.

 

With Saturns elevation below 60 degrees I'd say no chance, visually.

 

Northern hemisphere observers have to wait till 2030-2035 to see it at maximum elevation from their location.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:44 AM

Have you been able to see Saturns Encke Gap with your big Mak? I imagine that your geographic location would pose a problem. I did ask Ed, the US owner of the same scope but never got a definite answer, he is located in sunbelt USA with better seeing than yours.

I am just curious.

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Vahe

I'm afraid I can't tell you either.  I'm not much of a planetary guy and my only observations of Saturn were back in 2009 when the rings were closed.  I couldn't make out either gap then, but I wouldn't have expected to.

 

The seeing isn't always terrible here.  Out of 160 nights were I've recorded the seeing, 6 were Pickering 9 and 25 were Pickering 8.

 

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:04 AM

While not directly indicative of the scope's resolution, I did find this sketch made at 600X on one of those Pickering 9 nights:

 

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:21 AM

Have you been able to see Saturns Encke Gap with your big Mak? I imagine that your geographic location would pose a problem. I did ask Ed, the US owner of the same scope but never got a definite answer, he is located in sunbelt USA with better seeing than yours.

I am just curious.

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Vahe

I could see it in my 10" f/12.5 Intes MakCass.



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 11:04 AM

I haven't had much time to visit these forums as of late but I could not stop LOLing about the comment from MAX POWER on the Intes/Intes Micro scope that they had there day but are surpassed today, wow I would say that this fellow has never owned or looked threw a good verified sample of one of these scope. As Marcus had a posting about these scope a while back that these were made by real opticians, not some plant in China spinning out glass like cotton candy, there QC on the optics were impeccable though the mechanics at time were not in the same league and on some models crude but the optics were first rate. Considering that most of these scopes were built over 10 years ago plus and dating back to the late nineties and still performing give some idea how well these fine optics held up. I think what happens on the internet is someone in these forums who proclaim themselves Experts write a review without and scientific background in astronomy, optics, mathematics, physics, no degree's, no doctorates in any of these subjects yet amateurs will believe the written word.

 

These scope if you can find one are not only a piece of optical history if you can find one, they are legendary cause they are no longer made. Yes the China made scope are decent but the Intes optics are a grade better and the only scopes that will even surpass these scopes were made by TEC scope, hear again very hard to come by and at a different pay grade in used prices.

 

I myself would love to come across one of these older scopes myself, even though I have an excellent sample of an Orion 6" mac but I have a feeling now down here in Florida without the dam jet stream mucking up our seeing this wintertime should hold some excellent viewing and I would bet the Intes scope will eke out that last bit of detail and sharpness.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 04:24 PM

My MK67 Delux (left) and Orion OMC 200 DX (right). laugh.gif

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 05:09 PM

It may have been me that described them as mechanically crude, in that the machining and finishing is basically a product of technology from a generation ago. They’re heavy and Intes only used two paints - communist hospital grey beige, or black.

But the fact remains these scopes have what matters where it counts, and they seem to last well.

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 10:23 AM

Had the kids out last night looking at Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon through a 2002 Orion Argonaut.  Scope is twice their age.  

 

The views were like they always are, incredibly sharp and contrasty.  The best optics I've ever owned.  My son said, "Holy Cow" and my daughter cried because the red spot was more brown than she expected.  

 

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 09:36 PM

When Intes turned into Intes Micro after two to three years the communist grey color changed to a cream colored white, mush nice finish, I had one of the early MN56 scopes, that 5" MN would go toe to toe with any 5" APO and I  mean any! I thing the newer production of the MN56 was nicer as far as fit and finish, just an outstanding design. I brought that scope up to a buddies home up past Jaffery NH one winter, it was maybe 10 degrees above zero F, had the scope out for an hour but he lived maybe 50 miles outside of town and a half mile in from the road, I will never forget those nights out observing, we polished off a small bottle of JD it was soo cold outside but the views were fantastic what that 5" scope would do.




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