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Aries Maksutov-Cassegrain

Started by Hans Tucker, 05/17/2013 08:17PM
Posted 05/17/2013 08:17PM Opening Post
I noticed in the classifieds that a 10" Aries f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain is up for sale but unfortunately it is a pick-up only and part of a package sale.

The scope has me interested but Google fails to show up any hits for Aries, Aries Optical or Aries Instruments. Is the company still in business and still producing the 10" Aries f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain or was this a limited production?
Posted 05/17/2013 09:00PM #1
AFAIK the basic optical design is contemporary with the run of 10" MCTs sold by Astro-Physics a decade ago. Optics in the A-P scopes received additional hand figuring.

Jim McSheehy
Posted 05/18/2013 02:57AM | Edited 05/18/2013 11:44AM #2

The company is still around and taking orders. I exchanged some emails with them about six months ago. I also contacted the seller you mention but he wants to sell the complete package as is.

The optics and design are the same as the ones used by AP for their limited run of the Mak-Cass. As far as I know, the only difference is the extra figuring by AP once they received the lenses from Aries.