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 Hello all

Well I am new to this site so still finding my way around – I posted recently re: sky watcher  8” or 10 “ , and then did some research over Christmas and purchased myself  a nice used sky watcher sky max maksutov , I just hope I have done the right thing the reason for this choice was basically space and ease of use and portability – I am impressed with the whole set up  including the sky watcher sky t 2 altazimeth mount)  – mind you I haven’t used it yet due to the poor sky conditions .

A question I do have is what is the largest aperture reflector tube I could put on this mount alongside the Maksutov .

Many thanks Steve

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These small catadioptric Cassegrains  (SCT or Mak) are very nice portable scopes, and very capable indeed. I could take my 8" SCT places with our little Peugeot 106 that a dob would never have seen (unless I put the missus on the roof rack :D). People often say they are "planetary scopes", but they are fine on DSO visually as well. Which size Skymax did you get?

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These small catadioptric Cassegrains  (SCT or Mak) are very nice portable scopes, and very capable indeed. I could take my 8" SCT places with our little Peugeot 106 that a dob would never have seen (unless I put the missus on the roof rack :D). People often say they are "planetary scopes", but they are fine on DSO visually as well. Which size Skymax did you get?

In Holland they sit of the rack of a fiets so just a small step to the rack on a Peugeot. :eek: :eek:

OP will need a nice wide eyepiece to locate things, the field of view of a Mak more or less makes one essential.

Especially as the mount is not a goto.

Have to say from experience I would not have gone down that route, a 90mm refractor like the Rother Valley ones would to me make a more usable rig. I have one of the WO EZ Touch mounts and the Megrez 90.

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Thank you for the replies

The sky max is the 6” , I guess the reason I changed my mind in the end was the space factor as we only have a small car , and my original plan was to keep the small 80mm sky max – this is now on eBay

The eye pieces I have is the Celestron Luminous 82 deg 7mm  and  a B S T - explorer 27mm – I have also replaced the viewfinder with a  Telrad  unit to help me find what I am looking for .

Even the wife is taking an interest in the new scope .

We  just need some clear sky now

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My comment was because as best I know the mount is fully manual, you find and folow things.

The Mak will deliver a narrow view of the sky, implying locating and following objects is made more difficult.

This is the reason for the long focal length eyepiece and obtaining as wide a view as possible.

When I got my first Mak I sort of squeeked in realisation of my problem and went the next day and bought a 40mm plossl. Not good quality but the scope is a goto I just wanted the alignment stars in view - sharp or blurred I did not care, just in view. :grin: :grin:

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My comment was because as best I know the mount is fully manual, you find and folow things.

The Mak will deliver a narrow view of the sky, implying locating and following objects is made more difficult.

This is the reason for the long focal length eyepiece and obtaining as wide a view as possible.

When I got my first Mak I sort of squeeked in realisation of my problem and went the next day and bought a 40mm plossl. Not good quality but the scope is a goto I just wanted the alignment stars in view - sharp or blurred I did not care, just in view. :grin: :grin:

Hi Ronin, Yes thank you all views / comments are much appreciated and I wish I had visited this site before, I have already made several mistakes though actually in a way it’s a big learning curve as I haven’t lost any money I have moved everything on and in doing so got other folk interested in stargazing – so that has to be a good thing. Do you think the eye pieces I have are a good choice for this scope the B S T is  flat  27MM – 53 deg it seemed to work really well with the 80mm maksutov.

So this is the only low power eye piece I have.

I have had the scope 10 days now and no clear sky to date so have not been able to try anything out yet – you are correct the mount is a manual but it is lovely and smooth with no back lash .

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Nothing wrong with a 6" skymax, very good scope, take a little time to learn how to get the best from it, top scope for lunar and planets and with a revelation 42mm 2" eyepiece not bad for dso

Thank you Nightfisher

That’s great because that is my next investment -- to purchase a lower powered eye piece with a wide field of view as both mine are 1.25” .

Nothing wrong with a 6" skymax, very good scope, take a little time to learn how to get the best from it, top scope for lunar and planets and with a revelation 42mm 2" eyepiece not bad for dso

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A question I do have is what is the largest aperture reflector tube I could put on this mount alongside the Maksutov .

Many thanks Steve

Steve,

I have seen up to a 10" newtonian set up on a Skytee 2. Given that I used this exact same mount for a 6" refractor which fully loaded was about 13 kilos, it is a high capacity mount.

Just make sure the tripod is rated for the weight of the Mak / Newt, counterweights and mount.

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Many thanks for that info Nicos.

The tripod I have will do it I believe – I know it’s the heavy duty stainless job they use on the EQ5 & EQ6 – I was originally told that the vixen porta 2 mount would do the job,

However I’m glad I took the advice from the wide screen centre here in the UK, and I am most impressed with this SKY TEE 2.

Steve,

I have seen up to a 10" newtonian set up on a Skytee 2. Given that I used this exact same mount for a 6" refractor which fully loaded was about 13 kilos, it is a high capacity mount.

Just make sure the tripod is rated for the weight of the Mak / Newt, counterweights and mount.

Steve,

I have seen up to a 10" newtonian set up on a Skytee 2. Given that I used this exact same mount for a 6" refractor which fully loaded was about 13 kilos, it is a high capacity mount.

Just make sure the tripod is rated for the weight of the Mak / Newt, counterweights and mount.

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Nothing wrong with a 6" skymax, very good scope, take a little time to learn how to get the best from it, top scope for lunar and planets and with a revelation 42mm 2" eyepiece not bad for dso

Thank you Nightfisher

I have just purchased the Revelation 42mm x 2” a good buy at £36.00 – delivered , (Amazon from telescope house ) the one issue I had with my set up which I think I have sorted now is the 150 pro mounted on the top of the sky tee 2-- I found it  very difficult to balance, the counter weight I had machined is 60mm x 125mm  round bar = 2.5kg , my next plan is to lay my hands on 80mm block to get a little more weight , I think this would give me an extra kg .

But I found that the scope felt better mounted on the side and it seems stable enough , what are your thoughts on this as I see you have this scope and mount – I made a little blunder too as I mounted my telrad bang dead centre and so with it mounted in the upright position its right in the way and easy to hit ones head on it , this problem also goes away with the scope mounted at 90 deg / side of the mount .

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I added a second finder scope shoe to my 150 mak so i can use it on the HEQ5 or alt alz mount, i use my mak on the top mount on the skytee, so now i dont need the extra finder shoe, but this worked well when i had the AZ4 mount

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Hi Steve,

Simon at the WSC knows his stuff  :grin:

Now I will tempt you. Imagine parallel mounting with your Mak one of them 80mm skywatcher achros. Wide field low power views to complement the Mak...

Damn good excuse for owning a refractor, Mak & SCT like me!  :icon_salut:

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