Re: Mak MK-66 vs 4" APO's
- I have an Intes MK-66DX to complement my 10" f/5 Newtonian. I use
the Intes frequently with an 8mm Radian (~225x). It will take
higher magnifications on Saturn and the moon, but I think 225x
usually gives the best image. Cooldown is fairly long, but I handle
things like you. I've had both scopes for over a year now, and
neither is for sale. OTOH, if I were in the market today I would
have to think long and hard about a 6" TEC Mak. It will be more
expensive by several c-notes but still less than a 4" APO.
--- In telescopes@y..., "Ralph" <aa6ww@y...> wrote:
> Thanks, Image quality is always important to me. I dont have a
> with cool down. Having had big schmidts, Ive always taken out my
> optical tubes a few hrs before viewing, even if i remotely feel
> observing. By 9 or 10pm, when the rest of the family is in bed,
> when i do my viewing and the scopes are always cooled down.
> One of my biggest frustrations is when i wanna go up in power and
> scope wont let me. On planets, i like to observe at 200x +.
> Wide fields are no problem, I have a 4" WF102 celestron but i may
> replace that with a Teleview 76 or 85, which i also piggy back on
> Thanks again! Ralph
> --- In telescopes@y..., tdbblb@j... wrote:
> > --- In telescopes@y..., "Rick" <aa6ww@y...> wrote:
> > Hi Ralph - I've owned the MK67 Deluxe, a Vixen fluorite 4" (and
> > couple of Takahashi 3" refractors). Selling the MK67 was a
> > so now I'm buying another.
> > Objects will be brighter in the Mak, and in my opinion, shows
> > detail in extended objects (planets)than the 4" apo does. The
> > relatively light (the MK66 is heavier than the MK67, that's one
> > I prefer the 67), so it's easy to mount. Since it's f/12, you
> > able to get higher magnification from longer (and usually easier
> > use because of eye relief) eyepieces. I think all these are
> > to choose the 6" Mak over the 4" apo.
> > However, the refractor will cool down a lot more quickly, and
> > have a wider field of view... but if the bottom line is image
> > then I think the MK67 beats the 4" apos I've looked through (not
> > lot, but it still beats it)... hope this helps in making your
> > decision. Troy
> > > Does anyone know of any downside to owning an MK-66 Deluxe?
> > > racking my brains on why i need a 4" APO refractor for a back
> > > scope to compliment my CG-11 instead of the Mak. Everything
> > > read tells me the Mak is a superior scope to even the finest
> > APO's
> > > with the possible exception of FOV.
> > >
> > > Any comments from first hand experience?
> > >
> > >
> > > ..Ralph