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#151 stuart keenor

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 02:27 PM

My wife observing Venus through the 10” intes micro Mak newt



#152 luxo II

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 02:31 AM

There's a very rare beastie on that "other site" - an Intes M1015, vintage 2012. First time I've ever seen pics of one.


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Posted 25 February 2020 - 04:42 PM

There's a very rare beastie on that "other site" - an Intes M1015, vintage 2012. First time I've ever seen pics of one.

As much as I like the Maksutov, I feel the longer f/15 designs compromise too much how you can use it



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Posted 25 February 2020 - 05:16 PM

Well, that depends IMHO where you live. Certainly if you have a dark sky and DSOs are your thing, these are not the best choice.

But for those living in a big city the moon and planets are the main targets and even for clusters and galaxies, a bright sky makes low powers a bit pointless.

In this respect these are lunar & planetary scopes built for high magnification.

With my 10” the lowest useful power is about 90X and the other thing is that with the MK91 and my 10”, the central baffle is large enough to provide a full unobstructed 50mm path it’s entire length, so these larger maks can illuminate a full 2” circle at the focal plane - without vignetting.

For those in the northern hemisphere though the only downside in recent years has been the declination of the major planets puts them low in the sky, rather limiting what you can see. Here on the other hand they can be 80 degrees altitude which is nice.

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 10:04 PM

For those in the northern hemisphere though the only downside in recent years has been the declination of the major planets puts them low in the sky, rather limiting what you can see. Here on the other hand they can be 80 degrees altitude which is nice.

 

 

I hate this above part.

 

A bucket list item for me is the Southern Hemisphere and Eta Carina, GMC, the LMC, Crux and a few others.



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Posted 25 February 2020 - 11:23 PM

in 5-6 years Jupiter and Saturn will be riding high in the northern hemisphere, not mine.

Add Omega Centauri, 47 Tuc and 30 and all the bits & bobs in the LMC and SMC. Then there are lesser known things like NGC2808 and 5128. And in a suitable scope at 300X the lobes of the Homunculus (in Eta Car) can be seen clearly even from suburbia.

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 03:37 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.

Both my Russian Maks now have Feathertouch focusers on them.

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The one on my MN56 is a kind of happy accident. It came to me with a single speed JMI EV-1 focuser. That has a flat adapter on it like a truss tube Dob would have that matched the bolt spacing on top of the 2-bolt Intes tube adapter. My FT2020BCR focuser that once upon a time was the interim focuser on my FL-80S Fluorite (until I snagged an FT2025BCR for it). I put a flat base on it as a prospective focuser for my 16" Dob. Well I was looking at it and thinking hey that looks like the same bolt spacing as the MN56's JMI. So I took the JMI off and low and behold the 4 outer bolt holes of the FT focuser matched up. So now my MN56 has an FT focuser on it also. Anyone looking for a JMI focuser for their MN56? 


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 02:55 PM

I have an Intes 180mm Mak-Cass with the Astrositall 1/9 wave optical system.  I use a Lymax fan to cool it down for 30minutes, and its ready to go.

 

Double stars are a real treat with this scope.  I often get good to excellent seeing living on a hill 13 miles from the ocean.  I've seen the double double in Lyra at 670x with textbook perfect star images.

 

Its more of a Lunar, Planetary, and double star scope than a deep sky scope from my Bortle 7 red zone.  For DSO's I haul my 18" Obsession to the dark skies of the desert.



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Posted 17 March 2020 - 04:34 PM

My gorgeous Intes Micro 815 deluxe Maksutov Cassegrain (0.985 System Strehl ratio with 1/9.5 wave optics). Awesome, eats Top Tier 6-inch APO’S and larger commercial SCT’S for breakfast.

Astro Sital primary mirror, small 25% obstruction.

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#160 stuart keenor

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 02:21 PM

Some lovely scopes

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 02:30 PM

A 10” mak newt from intes micro with my lovely wife looking at an early evening Jupiter from last yesr

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 05:15 PM

What Mount is that?



#163 stuart keenor

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 05:44 PM

It’s a Gemini 41 observatory mount from hungry

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 06:19 PM

... and I thought mine was big for a 10”... that would be f/6 ?

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 04:34 AM

Hi luxo ll it’s a 5.5 😉👍

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 10:15 AM

Wow, how much does it weigh...?  Data, data, data.



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Posted 19 March 2020 - 12:29 PM

Wow, how much does it weigh...?  Data, data, data.

Intes micro delux mak newt f5.5    Weight 30kg , 22% CO, 1/8 wave comes with rotatable rings sadly no longer made an incredible scope interesting to see how it performs against the 12” f9 zen maksutov  


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Posted 19 March 2020 - 05:53 PM

Woah. Intes and Matthias Wirth did a great job on mine - despite the steel tube it is a lightweight at 14kg, which makes it (just) manageable for portable ... and despite being f/12.4 the CO is 26%, optics 1/11 wave P-V.


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:47 AM

Yes I did see the Mathias mak a friend had the 275 mak custom on a month trial

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 11:04 AM

I bought my split tube MN56 about 20 years ago. For the last 10 it's been living in the closet. I recently got an iOptron AZ Pro mount so now I can buzz around the universe in linear mode.

 

The only thing I didn't like about the MN56 was the cheap focuser provided by the factory. I am in the midst of upgrading to a MoonLite focuser. Focuser.com still stocks mounting plates and spacers for Intes-Micro  conversions. A very easy job.


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Posted 25 April 2020 - 11:53 PM

We need to see pictures...



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Posted 26 April 2020 - 08:49 AM

The MN56 used two different style focuser base plates and of course I ordered the wrong one. Ron at MoonLite is now exchanging mine, and I will post some photos soon. I bought the red focuser to commemorate the Intes-Micro's political origins.

 

About ten years ago I returned home one day to find that someone had broken in and stolen, among other things, a recently purchased Alter m603. Discouraged by that and the general hassle of dragging around and setting up a Losmandy GM8 I drifted into other interests. My new iOptron AZ Mount Pro has reignited my interest in moving my lazy butt out of bed at 2AM. I am lucky to have skies worthy of making the effort.

 

The other night I put an old refractor on the iOptron and was amazed to find whatever target I commanded to magically appear centered in view. I am jealous of those people who can walk around the sky unaided. I am not one of those people. 

 

So, once I get the little Mak-Newt up and running I plan on returning to M13 and all those tiny little stars that I remember. 



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Posted 26 April 2020 - 10:01 AM

I think, Moonlite has does a wonderful job at catering to the needs of the Intes/Intes Micro "community", both of my scopes have his focusers and adapters.  Kudos to Moonlite for continuing to offer these products! 


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Posted 26 April 2020 - 10:38 AM

I bought my split tube MN56 about 20 years ago. For the last 10 it's been living in the closet. I recently got an iOptron AZ Pro mount so now I can buzz around the universe in linear mode.

 

The only thing I didn't like about the MN56 was the cheap focuser provided by the factory. I am in the midst of upgrading to a MoonLite focuser. Focuser.com still stocks mounting plates and spacers for Intes-Micro  conversions. A very easy job.

I've never heard about a split tube MN56 (why?). Do you have a picture of it?



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Posted 26 April 2020 - 12:22 PM

I don't have a picture at the moment. The scope is up in the mountains at my other place.

The tube of older (Heavy!) MN56's were fabricated with two separate shorter  tubes butted together and joined with rivets or spot welds or something of that nature. The old Orion Argonauts were like that. The Intes-Micro's of that era were finished with a rough off-white finish while the Orion Argonaut branded tubes were black. The older scopes are obvious for the seam running around the middle.

Looking at published specs the older MN56 weighed in at 20 lbs and the newer smooth sided ones are 12 lb. The Old models are 38.5" long  and the newer ones are 30", probably because they lack the integrated dew shield.




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