New iOptron heavy duty GEM
Posted 26 April 2009 - 01:45 PM
Posted 02 May 2009 - 12:55 PM
Just take a simple pole and ask people would you spend 7-8k on an unkown chinese made mount, or would you buy an established brand like Tak, Vixen, AP, MI, Paralax, etc. I think you will find the answer would be loud and clear. A small percentage will of course always go for something diffrent.
Just look at the backlash here on this one thread after the simple speculation of the price yet to be actually set. Makes no sense to me why a company would do that. But then again many other new mounts have come onto the market of late with big price tags like the Iot (i think thats what its called). But that on is made in the US. Made in China still carries with it unfortunately a thinking of not as good quality. Fair or unfair thats how it is.
The many threads about the AT/GSO RC's scopes are a testament to this. The saving grace for the AT/RC was at the near last minute the price for the 8" was dramtically dropped and it generated a lot more interest from customers then. An 8" RC at similar price to 8" from an established vendor would perhaps not have sold as well.
Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:51 AM
Okay, that all sounds good. Let's wait and see. Hopefully the wait won't be too long.
Darren, I know what you mean. I just need to keep things under my hat until I have solid data. I will say that it will be less than $8499.99, much less.
iOptron is working very, VERY hard to make certain that this mount is the best that can be for a very fair price. From what I can see I think that they've really done their homework and will make a lot of people very happy.
Why is more choice a bad thing?
I'm a little miffed that iOptron is trying to head into the high end mount business. Tak (NJP), MI (MI-250), AP (900GTO), Celestron (CGE Pro), Losmandy (Titan), Vixen (Atlux) and Parallax (HD-150) all have mounts with similar specs between the $5000 and $9000 price points.
The smaller Iott, the 262, is $8k with polar scope and pier: a pretty good deal imho*. It looked very impressive at NEAF.
[...] But then again many other new mounts have come onto the market of late with big price tags like the Iot (i think thats what its called).
*Looking over my posts, I see that I have been mentioning the Iott a lot. That's because I really want one! Other than admiring them, I should state that I have absolutely no connection to them.
Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:45 AM
Posted 24 May 2009 - 08:20 PM
How about those scopes sitting on the mount?