I have been looking to get back into observing after an extended break. My plan was to buy a used TEC Mak, but the owners of those don't seem to want to get rid of them. I don't blame them. I saw an ad for a TAK Mewlon 210 in stock and after some research decided to proceed. UPS dropped it off about 6:30 this evening. I got it unboxed and set up in the driveway by 7:30. I was really struck by the appearance. I wasn't sure if I would like the cosmetic, but in person I really like it. Not that it impacts the views, but it does add a bit to the experience.
The scope is cooling off with a high velocity fan blowing on it. About 8:30 it is ready for first light. Even with the fan I am having some thermal issues, but still the first light on Saturn is encouraging. I pick off a few Globulars and the Saturn Nebula. All nice, but now for the real test. Let's check out Jupiter. The first views are nice. I am still having some thermals, but it is getting better. The one negative with the scope is some mirror flop during focusing. Not as bad as some fo the SCT's I have owned, but annoying none the less.
I spend the next several hours going back and forth between Jupiter and Saturn. The eyepieces being used are a 16mm Nagler Type 5 and a Tak 12.5mm Abbe Ortho. The 16mm is rock solid on both planets. The last 30 minutes or so of observing I got a taste of what the scope could do. Intermittent moments of a rock solid image with the 12.5 Ortho. I am impressed. Enough so where I think I have a scope I plan on keeping until the end. Of course I haven't given this a full shakedown, but the views seem to be about as good on Jupiter as the custom 8" Newtonian I owned about 15 years ago.
My observing skills have taken a bit of a hit from not being used, but I was still able to pick out incredible detail on Jupiter. No GRS tonight, but saw a few knots making their way across the globe. I am pretty tired so observing details are sparse, but wanted to share.
More to come