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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.121.40)
Date: 09/05/2001 07:25:06 am PST
I would like to comment on the above review. No doubt the MK66 is an excellent scope and more appropriate for astrophotography than the MK67. I own the MK67 deluxe and am equally delighted with it's performance. In some ways, it outperforms my costlier Tak FS102 APO. However, the newer versions of the MK67 have resolved the back focus problems. I use the following eyepieces with no problems: 4mm Radian, 5mm and 7.5mm Tak LE, 9mm UO ortho, 9mm Nagler, 12.5mm UO ortho, 14mm Pentax LE, 20mm TV plossl, and 27mm Panoptic. Also as the previous reviewer commented, the downside to Maks are the long cool down period. During steep temperature changes, the scope may never reach thermal equilibrium. I had this problem on a couple occassions last winter with my Intes Micro M603. But whether you go with a MK66 or MK67, they are both truely excellent scopes and a steal at current prices.
Subject: MK-66 v M603
Date: 09/10/2002 11:59:59 am PST
I have narrowed my selection down to the MK-66 delux and the Intes Micro M603. Seems like a pretty tough call. Looks like about the same money but the extras with each are slightly different. Any comments? What mount would you buy for either of these? Thanks for any comments or input.
Date: 09/18/2002 08:04:07 am PST
Reading the recent posts about the MK-66 gave me additional confidence that my decison to purchase one was a good one. Mine was also purchased from ITE and so far I have been very impressed with their knowledge and service.
Subject: Intes MK66
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.239.129)
Date: 09/23/2003 06:09:39 pm PST
I bought this telescope about 1 and half years ago. It is nice to have a padded carrying bag that comes with the telescope. Also, the MK66 has a built-in hood for the telescope. You will need these accessories anyway, it is a nice touch to have these when you buy the telescope.
As for the telescope performance, I must confess that you cannot expect more for 6" class telescope. I use this telescope for both CCD and visual works but the results are always excellent for both works. Of course, there is no universal telescope from high-powered planetary observing to low-powered nebula observing but this telescope is one of the closest telescope for this. It is truly amazing to do the above with a little over 10 lbs (5kg) telescope.
Here is my recent CCD picture that I took with the MK66.
It needs some cooldown time as same as other SCT-type telescopes but it is normally 1-2 hours to settle down without doing anything.
If you have a motorized fan, put the fan to the telescope and run it for a while. It cools down the primary mirror within a hour.
One advantage over American-brand SCTs is that there is almost ZERO mirror shift. As for the visual observations, you probably cannot tell any mirror shift when you focus. I barely noticed a very little mirror shift when I was focusing my CCD camera with enlarged focusing screen. Even with the enlarged PC screen, the image does not move at all. But the maximum brightness level slightly changes. So, I am guessing there is a very little mirror shift! (I cannot confirm any mirror shift visually).
I only had one problem so far. The original russian grease becomes hardened when you have the telescope below 32F (0 C) degree in winter. When this happens, the primary mirror does not move at all, when you are focusing. This problem can be solved with changing the original russian grease to a high quality lithium grease that does not become stiff in a low temperature.
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