|Brand and Model:||Intes Micro MK-67|
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|Description:||The INTES MK67 is an improved Rumak designed Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tube assembly (OTA) with a fixed primary mirror with a matched separate secondary mirror (both of Pyrex) mounted in an adjustable cell attached to the meniscus corrector lens. Focusing is by a 2" Crayford focuser mounted at the rear of the OTA. This is the updated version of the original Russian scope (the former MK-65) that started the latest "Mak Revolution" in the USA, and the "beat goes on" with more refinements that have made a great scope even better. |
All the optics are multicoated. The meniscus corrector is made of first grade Russian BK7 glass and is multicoated and enhanced for maximum UV light transmission. Focusing is afforded by a 2" Crayford focuser (35 mm of travel) which enables the use of a wide range of readily available optical accessories including both 1.25" and 2" star diagonals and eyepieces. The MK67's ergonomic design and construction provide excellent optical characteristics in a short, lightweight compact tube, making this telescope the first truly portable Maksutov-Cassegrain for the astronomical "jet-set." It is excellent choice for visual observations, astrophotography and as a guidescope for larger aperture optical systems. The MK67 comes with a convenient tube handle and a 7x35 mm straight-thru finder scope, a mounting plate with 3/8" and 1/4" x 20 threaded holes, and a 2" Crayford focuser. Note: An upgraded 10x50mm straight-thru finder or a 7x35mm or 10x50mm right angle finder are available as options. All the finderscopes have a port for an optional cross hair illuminator. A black padded travel bag is provided for the OTA with enough room in the zippered side pocket for your own assortment of optical accessories. The scope in the travel bag is compact enough to fit in the overhead compartment of any modern aircraft.
With the Standard version of the MK67 you can expect an optical quality of a minimum of 1/5 wave p.t.v. (1/5 to 1/6 wave p.t.v. range).
The MK67 Deluxe offers all the features of the MK67, but also includes Sital mirrors, optical quality of a minimum of 1/7 wave p.t.v. (1/7 to 1/8 wave p.t.v. range), piggy-back camera mount on a quick exchange bracket, baffled dewcap, and 96% dielectric coatings on the mirrors.
INTES recently introduced several improvements to this popular telescope in order to make an excellent scope even better. There is an improved Crayford focuser and a better quality finder scope. In addition, the backfocus on this optic has been extended to permit all eyepieces to come to focus. An optional 2" drawtube/extension tube is a highly recommended accessory.
The ability of this optical system to resolve very fine details on celestial objects is aptly illustrated in the following image of the lunar crater, Clavius. Mike Palermiti of Jupiter, FL captured this image using the standard version of the MK-67, a SAC-7 CCD camera and a 2X Clave' Barlow lens. This is a single frame unprocessed image. Note the craterlets in the floor of the crater. Several of these craterlets resolved in this image are a sub-arc second in size, proof positive that the MK-67 is a "killer optical system."
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