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#126 Paul Hyndman

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 12:00 PM

They are getting harder to find ! Which company I wonder will take the 6 to 10” Mak Cass and Mak newt challenge on and produce scopes of similar quality ???

Well you didn't specify about price or availability (waited almost 20 years for mine), but....

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#127 stuart keenor

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:17 AM

Well you didn't specify about price or availability (waited almost 20 years for mine), but....

I’m also on the list Paul !! BUT I’ve just ordered a 12 “f9 Maksutov rumak from Romano zen in Italy 😀 the f 9 is a compromise I know but it was too good to pass it’s has a CO of 31% I had a zen 10” Mak for a few weeks from a friend superb optics , so when it arrives il post some pics and do a report 👍👍
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Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:30 AM

Can't wait to see it!

 

(Another long-time member of the AP 10" list, but I don't expect my number to ever come up.)


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 05:35 PM

I want to buy one!  Like Badly!  MN-76.  I just purchased an MN-66.

 

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 06:29 AM

I'm too old to wait 20 years for AP to deliver, so ordered the last of the APM/Wirth 10" maks f/12.5 with Intes glass, a while ago.

 

It arrived last week, and I had first light briefly in rather poor seeing. Despite the seeing it was evident this is an absolutely stunning scope, optically. Matthias Wirth's baffling is very impressive on the moon, and is stunningly clear and contrasty to the extent I expect some of the refractor types will turn a pale shade of green.

 

Hopefully the weather will improve this weekend.

 

My trusty Santel MK91 won't be neglected - it has a new owner champing at the bit.


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#131 Jaimo!

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 08:08 AM

I'm too old to wait 20 years for AP to deliver, so ordered the last of the APM/Wirth 10" maks f/12.5 with Intes glass, a while ago.

 

It arrived last week, and I had first light briefly in rather poor seeing. Despite the seeing it was evident this is an absolutely stunning scope, optically. Matthias Wirth's baffling is very impressive on the moon, and is stunningly clear and contrasty to the extent I expect some of the refractor types will turn a pale shade of green.

 

Hopefully the weather will improve this weekend.

 

My trusty Santel MK91 won't be neglected - it has a new owner champing at the bit.

Any pictures?



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 03:19 PM

I’m also on the list Paul !! BUT I’ve just ordered a 12 “f9 Maksutov rumak from Romano zen in Italy the f 9 is a compromise I know but it was too good to pass it’s has a CO of 31% I had a zen 10” Mak for a few weeks from a friend superb optics , so when it arrives il post some pics and do a report

Stuart, 

 

Is Mr. Zen still making optical tubes or did you source the tube through another company? 

 

George



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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:48 PM

Stuart,

Is Mr. Zen still making optical tubes or did you source the tube through another company?

George

hi George
I was lucky this was the last tube he had ! I know at f9 it’s a compromise but his optics are as good as Intes Micro scopes I’ve onwned , and still own a 10” Mak newt, the tube is well made I’m having a carbon fibre dew shield made currently, Zen still makes optical sets at a very good price and there a few Italian based company’s who will tube them for you ( a future project) I will test the scope as soon as I get some spare time !

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 12:50 PM

I'm too old to wait 20 years for AP to deliver, so ordered the last of the APM/Wirth 10" maks f/12.5 with Intes glass, a while ago.

It arrived last week, and I had first light briefly in rather poor seeing. Despite the seeing it was evident this is an absolutely stunning scope, optically. Matthias Wirth's baffling is very impressive on the moon, and is stunningly clear and contrasty to the extent I expect some of the refractor types will turn a pale shade of green.

Hopefully the weather will improve this weekend.

My trusty Santel MK91 won't be neglected - it has a new owner champing at the bit.


Pictures or it didn't happen.
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Posted 12 October 2019 - 11:14 PM

Apologies I've been on holiday since the day after it arrived, now that I'm home its raining (as one might expect) - at least the farmers are appreciating the benefit of my attempt to break the drought here :)

 

A quartet of exoticats, from left:

 

- 50mm f/12 MikroMak (Jim Riffle)

- 150mm f/15 Intes M615

- 228mm f/13.5 Santel MK91

- 250mm f/12.5 APM/Wirth

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 01:50 AM

:bow:

I'm especially fascinated by the 50mm micro Mak. Pray tell us more about it.

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 04:14 AM

Jim Riffle (CN:Jim Riffle) made a small number of the MikroMaks and sold them earlier this year - they're gone from his website so I assume all sold now.

Although primarily a desk ornament sitting on a miniature equatorial mount, complete with RA worm drive and dec tangent arm, the scope does actually work and is equipped with a miniature star diagonal (prism) and a boxed set of 3 eyepieces.

 

Optically does actually work quite well - it's f/12, the corrector is AR coated and the image is quite reasonable. I think the glass was possibly left over from a production run of something else, probably the Celestron 50mm spotter.


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Posted 13 October 2019 - 10:14 AM

Jim Riffle (CN:Jim Riffle) made a small number of the MikroMaks and sold them earlier this year - they're gone from his website so I assume all sold now.
Although primarily a desk ornament sitting on a miniature equatorial mount, complete with RA worm drive and dec tangent arm, the scope does actually work and is equipped with a miniature star diagonal (prism) and a boxed set of 3 eyepieces.

Optically does actually work quite well - it's f/12, the corrector is AR coated and the image is quite reasonable. I think the glass was possibly left over from a production run of something else, probably the Celestron 50mm spotter.

If a few of us wanted this, would he do another run.


BTW, is it a "Solidcat" type?


The Solidcat refers to a design from the 70s where the correctors back surface is silvered to make it the primary mirror.

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 03:14 PM

You’d have to ask Jim but I don’t think you’d like the price. These were one offs not a commercial product.

No it’s a typical Gregory mak... - secondary is an aluminised spot on the inside of the corrector - and it has moving mirror focussing (!) with a tiny micrometer screw at the rear.

Collimation isn’t adjustable so it is limited by Jim’s machining tolerances. It’s a nice effort by an amateur machinist, though not comparable to a questar.

Edited by luxo II, 13 October 2019 - 11:26 PM.



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