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    Default TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5



    I suffered from years of Takitis (the illness manifests as a constant need to buy Takahashi telescopes) but I feel I am getting on top of this insidious ailment....
    Recently I even managed to buy a scope of a different brand !!!

    Here is my TEC MC200 F15.5 Maksutov- Cassegrain in all its glory

    This scope was sold to me by a friend who has managed to keep it in immaculate condition.
    I have added a pair of handles to make carrying it easier and safer,
    also added are the Baader SkySurferV finder, Baader 2" BBHS-Sitall Mirror Diagonal and soon to be added Baader CLSC-2 visual back.

    First Light was greeted with very heavy dew and ordinary seeing conditions but the scope showed a lot of promise.
    These TEC are sealed scopes but do have an internal 'mixing' fan that I power from a 9volt lithium battery pack...
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    Default Re: TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5

    A nice looking setup. Looking forward to reading a first light report from you. Clear skies.
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    Default Re: TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5

    Cool looking scope. That most be awesome on planets. I know maks can often be a bit heavy. What does it weigh?
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    Default Re: TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5

    That is a nice scope
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    Default Re: TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5

    Ok, I am getting jealous, ok just a little, (wife is nearby) great looking setup
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    Default Re: TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5

    Quote Originally Posted by Kolchak357 View Post
    Cool looking scope. That most be awesome on planets. I know maks can often be a bit heavy. What does it weigh?
    I really haven't had great seeing here since buying it but it has shown a LOT of promise. The bare OTA weighs just under 10Kg. With rings, diagonal etc 13.5Kg.
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    Default Re: TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5

    If you ever get tired of it......
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    Default Re: TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5

    Just a little update now that I have had a chance to use this beast of a TEC.
    It requires a lot of patience getting the scope to ambient, but once there, it really shows its mettle.
    A beautifully engineered telescope for anyone interested in lunar viewing and chasing Saturn and Jupiter across the sky.
    It also presents beautiful coma-free views with pinpoint stars to the edges when pointed toward Omega Centauri or 47 Tucanae.
    The focuser is the most precise in any compound scope I have tried yet, there is no flop or lash.
    My only issue was that I left it pointed upwards while making a cuppa and returned to a fully dewed optic.....
    With thanks to Ron K. at DewBuster that issue has been resolved.

    I even managed to do some outreach with it at the Mt Stromlo Observatory on behalf to the Research School of Astrophysics and Astronomy.
    Of the 250 people that viewed through it none complained....

    I have some Zeiss binoviewers on their way to me to pair up with some Tak Abbe 32s and 18s, lunar viewing Nirvana to come....

    Now I have to work out how to mount the Tak FOA60 to ride shotgun on the TEC.
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    Default Re: TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5

    Hello Matt,

    somehow missed your thread starter. It is a great scope, congratulations !!!
    Looking forward to the final setup, as soon as you have accessorized as indicated in your above posts.
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    Default Re: TEC Maksutov-Cassegrain 202mm F15.5

    Finally some decent conditions to view Saturn last night !!!!

    Last night I took the TEC Mak to Phil’s block at Bango, NSW and after an hour of cooldown time I pointed it at Saturn ……… it was one of those WOW moments in life. The view was quite simply breathtaking using a Nagler 31 at 100x. I then switched to Phil’s Baader MkV binoviewers and my new Tak Abbe 32 at 121x and the view got even better so I put the 18mm Abbe in at 215x and had to fight Lewis and Phil for eyepiece time before upping the power more, I eventually pushed the TEC to 387x and the rings and planet were still sharp…..

    These were without doubt the finest ever views of Saturn for me in the last 40 years. The cloud bands on Saturn showed actual detail, the polar region was easy to distinguish, the C ring showed its crepe texture beautifully.
    Cassini Division was sharply defined, Encke minima very easy to see and (perhaps) even a hint of Encke Division on one part of the rings.
    The planets shadow cast onto the rings was also very sharply defined.

    The three dimensional view of the planet shading it's rings is etched into the memory banks forever....


    (This time I was ready for the dew, frost and pestilence..... Ron K at DewBuster came through with a very quickly built customised DewBuster to power my DewNot heater bands. )
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