For sale: Intes Micro Maksutov-Newtonian 68. A 6" f8 mak newtonian. The scope comes with integrated rotating rings, Losmandy D style dovetail plate and saddle, camera adapter, new larger diameter finderscope rings, JMI DX-3 focuser, integrated sidedraft fan with on/off toggle switch, and Kendrick flexible dew shield. The roughly 16% secondary is redesigned to be rotatable and lockable by hand without removing the corrector plate. Nice smooth white gloss paint.
Test certificate states PtV: 0.161 and RMS: 0.036.
The scope is almost new. I am the second owner.
The scope's condition is almost as new with one very small scratch (less than one mm) above the sidedraft vent holes and one small ding (again about 1 mm) on the bottom of the tube between the rings. Optics and coatings are pristine. The scope has very nice baffling and coatings. The scope presents low power images of the moon that are extremely pleasing. The background is extremely black--almost inky. It also provides very nice flat fields of stars at low power. I would say that the low power images are extremely close to if not better than some 5" range apo refractors I have owned and viewed through. While I have not seen planetary images through this scope, the previous owner compares the planetary views to slightly smaller apo refractors and high quality reflectors.
Why am I selling? Being dense, I bought without having any past experience with MNs. Being a double star fanatic, I would have to say that the scope's performance is not quite what I expected--5" apo views. While providing sharp airy disks, this and the other MN61 I have recently viewed through do seem to show consistent defraction rings beyond the first ring when viewing moderately bright doubles like Epsilon Bootes. Much like the view through a very good 9.25" Celestron SCT when viewing double stars.
It is a lovely scope, able to do exceeding well on star field or high power planetary viewing. It just is not my cup of tea for double stars. Brand new these scopes are running over $1600 last I checked. Asking $1100 which will include shipping in the US. If local $1000.
Thanks for looking.