Intes MN 61 from ITE, about 3 years old. In excellent condition with a few scratches on the white paint. Optics are pristine. 2 inch Crayford focusser, finder with cross-hairs. This is the first telescope through which I have ever seen the Great Red Spot directly, the images in this telescope were comparable to those of my AP 155. Mike Palermiti claims that the Intes is better than the AP, inch for inch; they are certainly very, very close. I think planetary images were better on the Intes and clusters & starfields nicer on the AP.
These are $1395 new, I ask $875 shipped for the OTA, finder and bracket, attached dew shield, Parallax rings and a mounting plate, in a blue Orion bag.
I have no complaints about the performance of this telescope. I'm selling as part of a reorganization of my system; I am reducing 10 telescopes to 4, as my son's tuition at Boston University does not take my hobby into account. Also for sale will be three recent, very fine AstroPhysics refractors (Stow, 102 f/8, 130 f/6), but those will be listed only after this telescope and the other items at the end of the ad have sold. I am open to making a dual sale to a seriously interested party.
ITE notes that: "The MN61 combines the best features of the Newtonian (simple optics) with the Maksutov (highly corrected optics)... Because of the closed tube design and the lack of any secondary support spiders, only 19.7% (by diameter; 3.88 percent by area) of the aperture is blocked by a central obstruction. This combined with the extremely high quality of the optics (minimum of at least 1/6 wave p.t.v. or better for the whole system) results in very high contrast, bright images similar to those expected in a very good 130 to 150mm Apochromatic Refractor.
See also my ads for a Coronado MaxScope 40, a Borg Binocular Telescope, and a Starmaster 11 inch Dob.