This one-of-a-kind MakNewt combines killer Intes Optics with a custom structure that is a delight to look at as well as through. Completed in April, it was chronicled in the Astromart Telescope Making forum.
The optics are those used in the MN61. However, the tube, at 8.25" OD is the same diameter as the MN66 and is fully baffled. The baffles are positioned 1/8" away from the tube's inner wall, so convection currents stay next to the tube wall. The dewshield is also baffled.
The images through this scope are typical MakNewt. The CO of the secondary is 20%. The contrast is superb and magnification to 300x is no problem. Planetary views are crisp and Lunar views are simply breathtaking. The 36" focal length yields nice, wide-field views and stars are small round balls across the entire field of view.
Built entirely of Walnut and Birch hardwood, the weight of the OTA at 10 pounds is 30% lighter than the metal OTA of the MN66. All surfaces have three coats of varnish so moisture will not be a problem. The corrector cell and the bottom tube ring are made from black, high density polyethylene. The tube clamps are laminated walnut and Aluminum. Loosening two nuts on the saddle lets the tube slide fore and aft for balance and it can be rotated to place the focuser where you want it. The height of the scope is perfect for seated viewing.
The 2” focuser is my own design and everything rides in ball bearings, including the focuser shaft. The motion is incredibly smooth and the 2" knobs give precision control. An adjustable brake provide as little or as much holding action as you need.
The MN61 and MN66 are fabulous scopes as sold and compared to APO refractors against which they compete they are a real bargain. You can have this MakNewt with the same great optics in a unique, classy OTA and Mount for $1,100 shipped anywhere in the CONUS.