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Can anyone Identify this telescope

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Hi, 

I need some help identifying a telescope.  It came with a Tal mount so I initially thought it was a Tal 150K but the photos tell a different story.

It appears to be a 6" (150mm) SCT of some description.  It's very well made and heavy.  The focussing is by a standard rack and pinion and not by moving the primary mirror as in SCT's.  I think it dates from the 1980s.

So, there is the challenge.  What is it?

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Wow.  That was quick.

Thanks Red Dwarf

I haven't had chance to try it yet but it looks like it could be good for planets.

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Looks a nice scope what ever it is, I always like white scopes not that you can really see them in the dark.

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I've not looked at the link, and know nothing about intes maks, but the corrector plate looks flat rather than curved which is more akin to modern SCTs, and appears to have an adjustable secondary; though my experience of mak's is just n=3 (all skywatches ones) and SCTs n=1 (celestron).

Looks like a missile tube; very solid. Nice :)

Jd

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Intes rather than Intes Micro I think and a maksutov-cassegrain rather than an SCT. I used to have an Intes maksutov-newtonian and I recognise the fittings. Intes Micro's had ventilation holes around the front meniscus lens.

I think it's an Intes MK66.

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I've not looked at the link, and know nothing about intes maks, but the corrector plate looks flat rather than curved which is more akin to modern SCTs, and appears to have an adjustable secondary; though my experience of mak's is just n=3 (all skywatches ones) and SCTs n=1 (celestron).

Looks like a missile tube; very solid. Nice :)

Jd

The Intes and Intes Micro Rumaks have an adjustable secondary mirror, unlike the Skywatchers. The finderscope holder and the handle on the top of the tube are also typical of the Intes designs aswell as the fixed primary with focusing achieved by a rack and pinion focuser.

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As Mr Spock says, it's an MK67.

Intes MK67 = fixed primary mirror, crayford focuser

Intes MK66 = moving primary mirror focusing. A dewshield was included as std.

I had the big brother to the 67, the MK72. A 7" F10. Fixed primary with crayford. Lovely scope. As your one will be. Enjoy !!

Andy.

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Ah, yes, I'd forgotten about the different focusing methods !

Thanks Andy  :smiley:

Pete: If you don't already have one, invest in a dew shield - you will need it !

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Late to the discussion, here, but this brings back memories. The MK67 was distributed in the U.S. by Orion telescopes in California. Painted black, they were called the "Argonaut 150" and I bought one new 15 years ago after re-entering the hobby. Priced near $1000, it proved to be a fantastic performer. I sold it after five years to fund a new TEC MC150. The TEC does not improve over the MK67 by double, as reflected in their respective pricing - - I simply wanted one.

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