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    Default How well would an Orion 180mm Big Mak hold it's value?



    Or what manufacturer would be the best to hold their resale value.
    I could go scour Astromart but that would take too long.
    The reason, I am interested in picking up a mid line Mak reflector.
    So what are my options. The real reason is, is to see how these types of reflectors compare to my other high end refractors.
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    I would think the meade or celestron maks would hold there resale value better ...The view's through a mak would not compare to your refractors though ..But the focal length of the maks would blow your mind on the planets ...Lot longer focal length's ...
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    As Rich mentioned, scopes from the big C or Meade should hold their values well, same with Orion which are Synta scopes from what I gather, although the big 7" Mak with it's $$$$ price tag might not be so fast in getting sold at A-mart unless the mark-down is attractive.

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    As far as higher price tags on AM not selling so quickly, I would have to disagree Hernando.
    Yes it does have a lot to do with price "mark-down" but there are lots of people out there with BIG $$ just waiting for those deals to "pop up". I have listed 4-5K items and had them sell in one day. I do understand that these reflectors are in a whole different category than what I am familiar with that's why I asked this question. If I invest in one I kinda want to know how much I can expect to loose on it if I decide to sell it.
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    Usually astro-equipment USED-- is sold anywhere from a 25%--- to a 50% discount off of NEW.

    There is NO best manufacturer in mid-priced equipment like you are considering.

    HIGH end equipment like a Takahashi scope or an Astro Physics scope will usually hold it's value better than the "standard" equipment usually discussed on this forum.
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    Hey Gappa , Another thing to consider is the cool down time of those big MAK scopes ..When i bought my 8in.SCT i told the store owner i wanted a lx200 7in MAK , He told me they have extremely long cool down times due to the thickness of the corrector plate ..Most guys that have them have named them "Dawn" Because thats when they reach ambient temp..Just sayin...
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    I have read the same thing about the long cool down. Another plus I have read is that the Mak's don't require collimation. is this true?
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    To collimate a MAK you have to send it to a shop and it has to be done on a bench ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gappa View Post
    The real reason is, is to see how these types of reflectors compare to my other high end refractors.
    Just order one from a retailer that accepts returns. You can usually get 15 to 30 days to return it. By then you'll know how it compares and you can decide whether to keep it or not. You can find Celestron SCT's and their smaller Maks, and Orion Maks like this.

    If you want to try a good Mak, there's Questar and Orion Optics UK. Questar makes a 7 that is good but pricey. OOUK makes the OMC 140 Deluxe. You could probably also convince them to make it with "research" or "ultra" grade optics. I've never tried an Orion but they claim to use a Zygo interferometer and actually test their optics and could provide a report. Meade and Synta are more like a white elephant party.

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    white elephant party?? I have seen questars. Are they really that much better to warrant the multi-thousand $ price tags? They boast smaller apertures but quartz mirrors.
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