Hi all, new to this site, despite registering back in 2013 (life got in the way!) Just a quick blurb about me before I add my bit, I live in the U.K., in my late 50’s and have been interested in astronomy for many many years (first saw the rings of Saturn back in 72 or 73 through my Tesco 4VTE 40mm refractor) Like many of you, family and work commitments have taken their toll on my astronomical activity’s over the years but now find that for the first time in years, i have a bit more time on my hands (hoping to retire soon) I’m really enjoying my time under the night sky! Anyway, I’m fortunate enough to own a couple of Russian Maks, an Intes MK67 and an Alter M603. The reason I have two very similar scopes is because the Alter was offered to me very cheap from a local club member who was having a “clear out“ of his Astro gear. Both are very good optically. I also own a very nice Meade 7” Mak which is (in my humble opinion) “one of the good ones” Superb optics when cooled down. The Russians really know their stuff when it comes to optics. I’ve owned several Russian scopes of different designs over the years and ALL have been very good to excellent optically. I got into maks via a humble non goto etx90- lovely little scope. I’m mainly a Luna/planetary/double star observer (due to light pollution where I live) and I find maks excellent for this task. All have carry handles (I fitted one to my 7” Meade when removing the iron weight) and are easy to to carry down a flight of stairs into the garden. They are very easy to set up, hold collimation very well and the eyepiece is conveniently located (most of the time) What’s not to like! I know that an apo refractor and a well designed Newtonian will also give great results, but even a 5” or 6” apo can be a bit tricky when negotiating stairs. And as for an 8” Newtonian down a flight of stairs, let’s just say that it can be done but not recommended long term. Anyway, as others have pointed out, it’s a shame that any Mak over 6” or 7” shoots up in price. I would love a 10” or 12” Russian Maksutov, but then again, I would also love to live under transparent dark skies! Anyway, enjoy your scopes, whatever type, however big or small, and enjoy the beauty of the night sky (day sky for all of you sun observers) P.S. You may have seen my first posting from yesterday regarding collimating an Intes Mak Newt. Any advice on where to start with this would be greatly appreciated (I know I mentioned stairs, this is to be kept covered over in the garden shed) Thank you.