Recently I had decided to change my imaging scope to a fast Newtonian, the Orion Optics VX12 12″ F4 scope. As Newtonians do suffer from coma in the periphery, they do need a coma corrector for imaging. Having looked at the various options available, it was between the Televue Paracorr II and the Baader MPCC III. I decided to get the Baader MPCC III Visual and photographic kit – in case I would like to use the scope for visual observation of deep sky objects as well.
I ordered it from Modern Astronomy, and it arrived the next day. It came in a ziplock bag with the instructions. Each component was in its own box – there were 5 in total.
Reasons to buy the Baader MPCC III:
1) Good quality optics which works down to F3.5, so will work well with my new scope.
2) Does not change the aperture of the scope – it will remain at F4.
3) It will work well with my Orion Thin Off-axis guider which will give the ideal distance between MPCC and sensor for coma correction.
4) Good value for money (much cheaper than the Televue Paracorr).
5) The visual kit will allow me to adapt it to use for visual work as well.
Now I have managed to mount it onto the Orion Thin off-axis guider, and I will report back after the first light on how well it works. But it does look well constructed and should do its job well.