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Old 15-08-2019, 12:55 PM
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So I've recently gotten back into astronomy and astrophotography ('back into' is generous since last time I only had a scope for about 6 months).

I got my hands on a C8 (circa 1980 I believe) OTA, then added the tripod and wedge (thanks to a member here) and got the original matching finder from the US.

For the photo part I'm running a D5300, manfrotto pod and a couple of lenses (24-80 and 70-300). I also have a starwatcher star adventurer (not pictured) for tracking.

Been having collimation issues with the C8, I think, it throws a good image of the moon but jupiter is a splodge, anyways that's the learning journey I guess I have to go on.
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Old 15-08-2019, 11:41 PM
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Old 16-08-2019, 09:22 AM
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the little winter grab and go kit
Nice...!!
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Old 20-08-2019, 05:38 PM
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pronto moved on to a better place
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Old 21-08-2019, 10:38 AM
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That's a good score Graham .... very nice.
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Old 29-08-2019, 12:07 PM
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Planet-killer...

The holy grail... russian voodoo at its best - Strehl 0.98 with central obstruction 22%. ... and it comes with a built-in cheese-grater ! The mount for the focuser is now anodised black, of course.

Grab & go ? That’s my finderscope ...
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Old 29-08-2019, 01:02 PM
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The holy grail... russian voodoo at its best - Strehl 0.98 with central obstruction 22%. ... and it comes with a built-in cheese-grater ! The mount for the focuser is now anodised black, of course.
ABSOLUTE BEAST Wavy.. Staggering optics on these , youll have all those lil 3/4 inch Apo owners running embarressed for cover after looking through that.. HA!..

Wonder how it will go regards cooling /insulation?
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Old 29-08-2019, 01:17 PM
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The holy grail... russian voodoo at its best - Strehl 0.98 with central obstruction 22%. ... and it comes with a built-in cheese-grater ! The mount for the focuser is now anodised black, of course.

Wait - there's an Intes M615 in your sig. When did that happen???

You really are the unicorn collector!
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Old 29-08-2019, 01:39 PM
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The holy grail... russian voodoo at its best - Strehl 0.98 with central obstruction 22%. ... and it comes with a built-in cheese-grater ! The mount for the focuser is now anodised black, of course.
WOW .... Behold and Admire ...!! ...!!

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Old 29-08-2019, 02:39 PM
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Can we see pics of the front etc Wavy if you can.. looks like a "MEWLON KILLER" too!
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Old 29-08-2019, 03:37 PM
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Joe, done.. the central obstruction is umm .. interesting. What’s more there is an additional disk that fits on to increase the CO if desired near the moon (when did your hear of a cat that needs MORE CO ?!?). Focal length is 3200 - a tad longer than the MK91. Will be experimenting with the thermal aspects but I expect an insulated dewcap extending back to the rings should do well. The corrector is thick - quite a huge hunk of glass - so there is a considerable thermal mass right there. I have photos of it in pieces on the bench for final assembly.

Morton one has to understand the “use case scenarios” The M615 is for the occasions when I don’t have room in the car for the cheesegrater, ie weekends away with the family. Wife likes to travel... often, and it works for me

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Old 29-08-2019, 07:54 PM
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The holy grail... russian voodoo at its best - Strehl 0.98 with central obstruction 22%. ... and it comes with a built-in cheese-grater ! The mount for the focuser is now anodised black, of course.

Grab & go ? Thatís my finderscope ...
Very Nice !!!

The Russian Scopes just look classy. I rate the Russian Maks in a different League to their Asian counterparts, although some of them are decent optically. One of my all time favourite scopes was an Intes MN-61 (6"/F6 Mak Newt)

Pretty sure that the Intes Micro M615 has a built in cooling fan which is nice on a Compound Scope.

Cheers
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Old 29-08-2019, 08:26 PM
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Nice one Wavy,
Youíll have to let us all know how the new cheese grater goes
I havenít had a chance to make a dew shield for my intes yet, but itís next on the to do list also!
I did read an old thread referencing about having different extenders used for your scope on cn as well.
Looks great
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Old 30-08-2019, 12:39 AM
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Morton one has to understand the ďuse case scenariosĒ The M615 is for the occasions when I donít have room in the car for the cheesegrater, ie weekends away with the family. Wife likes to travel... often, and it works for me

I didn't word my previous post very well. I've always wanted an Intes M615 so I'm pretty jealous!
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Old 30-08-2019, 04:45 PM
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The holy grail... russian voodoo at its best - Strehl 0.98 with central obstruction 22%. ... and it comes with a built-in cheese-grater ! The mount for the focuser is now anodised black, of course.

Grab & go ? That’s my finderscope ...
Lovely..
That is indeed a very small, almost too small collimatable secondary, considering the focal length...Wirth and Russian optical excellence!
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:07 PM
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I've had this for a little while now .....absolutely wonderful condition .. no scratches / dings / Optics ' squeaky ' Clean / Focuser is Butter Smooth / Paint is Pristine .


Fabulous for Terrestrial Viewing and the occasional Moon and Open Cluster Look.


Came with the TeleVue Foam Line Padded Bag ..... It's condition might as well be ' Brand New '


Wide Field ' Nirvana ' with the Masuyama 32mm @85*degree.....!!

Col...
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I've had this for a little while now .....absolutely wonderful condition .. no scratches / dings / Optics ' squeaky ' Clean / Focuser is Butter Smooth / Paint is Pristine .

Fabulous for Terrestrial Viewing and the occasional Moon and Open Cluster Look.

Came with the TeleVue Foam Line Padded Bag ..... It's condition might as well be ' Brand New '. Wide Field ' Nirvana ' with the Masuyama 32mm @85*degree.....!!

Col...
That's a very Flash outfit Poppy
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Old 03-09-2019, 04:10 PM
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The FS78 arrived safely this morning Col, it got a few adjustments and is now ready for a test drive tonight....
I have been pruning my scope collection a lot lately and have ended with a much simpler lineup: 457mm, 210mm, 140mm, 102mm & 78mm
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Hi Matt. I thought pornography wasn't allowed on this site. Cheers, Richard
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Old 03-09-2019, 04:31 PM
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The FS78 arrived safely this morning Col, it got a few adjustments and is now ready for a test drive tonight....
I have been pruning my scope collection a lot lately and have ended with a much simpler lineup: 457mm, 210mm, 140mm, 102mm & 78mm
Nice lineup of Scopes you have there ..... NICE
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