Posted By Vahe Sahakian
Keith Lawson said:
I believe everyone has a dream instrument that is either beyond their bank account or is no longer made or a combination of other factors. So I ask: What is your dream scope and why? No professional observatories please.
Here is mine: A Questar 12. Optical and mechanical perfection! No GOTO but man what an instrument 8) As a lunar/planetary observer this would be an ultimate instrument. Now if I could have it and good seeing to match...
I remember that ad in Sky&Tel some years ago, for me it was love at the first sight, at the time Q-12 was also my dream scope.
I know a little more about Maks now, specially the ones to avoid at any cost and this one would be on the top of my list.
No harm in dreaming, but if you really like to have a 12” Mak your only practical choices are the Russian Maks, and they are good, you can get some that are optimized for high contrast performance with smallish co., excellent overall figure, reasonable cooling at least when compared to Q-12, much lighter and somewhat portable if you are in a good shape.