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Mak or custom lens?
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- Subject: Mak or custom lens?
- From: Stupendous Man <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 16 Jan 1998 18:45:10 -0500
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I _was_ going to stay out of this debate on adopting the commercial
Maksutov vs. designing and building a custom lens ... but when I read
the following, I couldn't resist :-)
>> On the other hand, the home-built must be designed
>> and constructed first which is a significant percent of
>> the project's cost which must be spent even to test
>> your hypothesis.
and Tom replied:
> Yep, it is a high risk decision. But one that I note that
> the scientists in the group immediately endorsed. You
> bet I will look very carefully.
Rats! I don't play a scientist on TV, but I _think_ I'm one in real life,
and my opinion on this decision is: try out the existing Mak first,
with a real Mark IV chip and real sky and real stars. Make the decision
_then_. If Tom _has_ to make the decision now, before he can evaluate
the Mark IV in the field, I would emphasize that an existing optical
system will provide _some_ results, and in a short period of time;
whereas a custom design _may_ provide better results.
<BEGIN trouble-making mode>
Hey, Tom -- just who ARE "the scientists in the group?" :-)
<END trouble-making mode>