Note: on January 21, 2006 I sold the MTO 100/1000 with fork mount and EQ-1 tripod.
From a Dutch QCUIAG member I bought a second hand scope, which I want to use as my travel scope.
It is a small Maksutov, 10 cm aperture and f/10: 1000 mm focal length, manufactured by Maksutov-Tele-Optic (MTO), Russia.
In Germany this nice little scope is immensely popular and has been nicknamed "Russentonne".
MTO Maksutov Telescope
Focusing takes place by rotating the big ring, just as with a photo telelens.
From two rather heavy metal 90 degree brackets I made a fork mounting for my Maksutov.
A hole in each of the arms of the U and through that M8 bolts from the inside and nice big black knobs - for fastening - on the outside.
A PVC bracket around my Mak with holes for the M8 bolts.
And a hole in the base of the U to fasten on my EQ-1 mount.
Rock steady! I can coarsely move in altitude by loosening the big black knobs and in azimuth because of the bolt in the base of the U; finer adjustments via the EQ-1 controls.
As a finder first used one half of a pair of binoculars, but later I used my Bynolyt 20x50 spotting scope as finder.
|Home made fork mounting with Bynolyt 20x50 spotting scope as finder.|
I can use my low profile eye piece holder at the visual back of my Maksutov, which enables me to use the Mogg adapter.
While on holidays I visited Teleskop Service in München (the supplier of my TAL-2M telescope) and I bought there a simple equatorial mount to service both my Maksutov and SLR Photolenses, so that I am now the happy owner of a rather stable travel mount with a modest RA motor drive: the EQ-1 (made in China, presumably by Antares).
Because of the weight of the Mak I had to add an extra counter weight.
Note: the half-of-binoculars on top of the MTO which I used as finder has been replaced by my Bynolyte 20x50 spotting scope as finder.
|The EQ-1 mount with simple RA motor drive.|
|1,25" 45° Zenith mirror|
I made some modifications to the EQ1 mount:
Replaced the swinging cables for the RA and DEC with radio knobs.
Applied a one-way rotating bearing as a clutch between the RA shaft and the RA motor.
Here you can see a further modification of the EQ1 motor
Home Made Sun finder for MTO 100/1000
I did not like the procedure of aiming my Maksutov at the Sun by assessing the shadows on the floor.
I took a square piece of hard plastic just slightly larger than the diameter of my MTO 100/1000 and bolted an empty film canister on it. When inserted in the visual back of my Maksutov I get crisp shadows and aiming at the Sun is a matter of seconds.
The Sun finder: simple design and at negligible costs.
The Sun finder mounted on my MTO 100/1000.