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#1 Astronomics

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:29 AM

The phrase "good things come to those who wait" could never have a more perfect meaning. I thought lowering the price of the scope to $2495 was good, then $1995 came along, now we have an even more incredible price....$1395. That is not a typo...$1395. For $1395 you get the Astro-Tech 8" RC with f/8 Quartz optics, Dielectric Coatings, Carbon Fiber tube, 2" crayford focuser and Losmandy compatible D style dovetail.

I know it has taken longer then expected, but a price drop of $1600 makes it well worth the wait.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:35 AM

$1395 :bigshock:, that is amazing Mike, you are making this hobby truly affordable. :bow:

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 11:45 AM

Theres NO Other Way To Say It: Mike You The MAN!!! :jump: :grin: :jump:

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 01:52 PM

What Todd said. :bow:

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 01:57 PM

Ummmm... YOW! (The website still reads the $1995, FWIW). Trying to think of any reason not to pull the trigger on this and coming up empty... ;)

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 02:39 PM

I can't think of any reason why anybody shouldn't pull the trigger. The 6" is the price of a premium eyepiece and the 8" is well less then half the price it was last year at NEAF. I can't wait to get final pricing on the 16.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 03:35 PM

Mike, this raises a question - and please feel free to tell me this is none of my business if it's the most appropriate answer- but what gives? You announce a product at a price point that is drastically lower than anything else on the market, then during the course of the next few months, the price drops faster than consumer confidence in the current economy. Since I know nothing of the business side of astronomy, the size of the price drop seems curious, almost to the point of raising a red flag. What has changed?

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 03:44 PM

Hey Mike, will these be available at NEAF?

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 03:55 PM

That is totally cool, but I'm waiting to see what the 10" specs and pricing will be. You're really making this hard.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 04:56 PM

What has changed is the method of production and economy of scale. We were shocked by the prices as well. The goal is to get an RC in SCT territory price wise and we are getting closer and closer. I am all in favor of taking the time to get the price the hobby would like to see.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 04:59 PM

We will have some at NEAF. How many is the question. We will have so much stuff for display I don't know how much we will have with us.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 05:01 PM

Mike, if need be maybe we can set up an ordering station at NEAF if stock there sell out.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 05:02 PM

f/8, Carbon Fiber, Quartz, $2795. The 10" and larger will be higher then the 6 and 8 for sure. The numbers are too low in the larger size to get really good price breaks. However, you are still at least $3K less then the next 10" RC.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 05:05 PM

Mike -- if I order now on the site, will the $1995 price be swapped out before actually going through?

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 05:41 PM

Yep.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:43 PM

Mike, if I come at NEAF can you please keep one aside for me? :) plllllllleeeeease?

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 07:33 PM

No problem. If you want me to hold one I can.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 07:41 PM

Emanuele, let us know for sure if you are coming closer to the NEAF date. I'm sure we can do something for you if you are coming.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 07:49 PM

Mike and Jim, yes, I will be coming for sure and attend NEAC as well! :) I will submit my reservation this weekend!

Wooo WOOO!!! Thank you!!

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 08:07 PM

1395 is a good price.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:00 PM

NEAF is going to be a BLAST ! :)

1 for me Mike ;)

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 11:02 PM

f/8, Carbon Fiber, Quartz, $2795. The 10" and larger will be higher then the 6 and 8 for sure. The numbers are too low in the larger size to get really good price breaks. However, you are still at least $3K less then the next 10" RC.


$2795?

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 01:14 AM

Yep, the 10 is $2795 and the 12 is $4495.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 02:06 AM

Any planned date for the availability of the x0.75 reducer?

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 02:51 AM

Mike,

Your site says AT 8" RC is on pre-order. When will it ship?






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