Astrozap Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope 152mm f/12 OTA Only
Astrozap proudly offers fine Maksutov-Cassegrain Reflecting telescopes at extremely competitve prices. The configuration was invented by Dmitri D. Maksutov in 1941, on the eve of the German invasion. The grandson of the last Russian governor of Alaska, Dr. Maksutov was born into Russian nobility. After the Bolsheviks overthrew the Kerensky government in November, 1917, he relied upon his training and skills as an engineer to overcome his aristocratic roots and avoid the grim fate that befell many others. Dr. Maksutov’s innovation was the creation of a high quality, inexpensive, versatile optical system ideal for lunar, planetary, double-stars and deep sky observing.
The Maksutov-Cassegrain design uses a combination of a primary mirror matched to a glass meniscus lens that has a reflecting surface on the inside that functions as a secondary mirror. The Mak provides a long focal length in a small package with virtually no chromatic or spherical aberration, or coma. The chief drawback of the Maksutov design is the sometimes lengthy amount of time that the telescope requires to reach thermal equilibrium and the tendency for dew formation on the correcting meniscus (a common problem with Maks and Schmidt-Cassegrains). Maks are a wonderful combination of form and function.
Astrozap offers these magnificent instruments in 4 and 6 inch apertures, and both sizes have f/12 focal ratios. All Astrozap Maks come finished in a durable, high gloss white finish. The OTA price includes the optical tube assembly, 8x50 straight finder, and mounting block. The complete telescope package price includes the OTA, 8x50 straight finder, mounting block, German equatorial mount, tubular steel tripod, illuminated polar finder, upper and lower eyepiece trays, 20mm and 6.5mm plössl eyepieces and a 1.25" star diagonal.
Own one of these magnificent instruments today. Maksutov users really love their ease of use, portability, and versatility.