SOLD:This is the OTA version of the Meade 7" Maksutov. Focal length is 2670mm, f/15, aperture 178mm. Its condition is excellent with only slight wear and no serious paint mars. The glass & coatings are perfect. It was cleaned and fine tuned by the factory a few months ago. It does not have the extra iron weight behind the mirror that Meade puts in the fork mounted (LX200 or LX50) version of this scope to balance on the same forks as their SCTs. The result is a shorter cooldown period and lighter weight. The standard filtered fan system gives fast cooling; battery pack is included.
The Maksutov-Cassegrain design yields crisp, clear, high contrast images rivaling those of a premium 6" APO refractor, but at a fraction of the cost & bulk. "For those who require a convenient, highly portable instrument with minimal compromises in image quality, the 'Mak' is the perfect answer." (See the December, 2001 issue of Sky & Telescope, p.57).
These are the highest quality optics made by Meade, far superior to the Schmidt-Cass and needing no alignment, they give you finely detailed, high-resolution, high-contrast images of the Moon & planets, and resolve double stars to the theoretical limit. Star tests are excellent.
This one includes a Meade 8x50 finder in dovetail bracket and also the quick mount bracket for Meade's LXD series german equatorial mounts. It comes with a very nice aluminum case by Vixen that fits well. Front & rear caps.
New OTA only is $1549 and you have to wait. My price is $1150 + shipping. If you want a Losmandy mount plate & blocks, add $70; if you don't need the case, subtract $70.