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#1 Smo

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 03:08 PM

These don't seem to be for sale anymore is that correct? only used ones available?

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 03:21 PM

Correct.

Yuri hints that 200FL's may become available in the future, but probably not 200ED's. Either way, breathe deep do not hold breath.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:11 PM

How much do the 200's go for?

My research show me that an APM 8" triplet is going to be around 31K-34K asking price depending on the f/ratio etc.

Obviously the asking price on that 206mm Astro-physics is 48K starting Bid with reserve not met so who knows how much..

What would someone expect to pay for a TEC 200 do you think.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:14 PM

Maybe Yerkes will put the 40" on sale one day. :winky:

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:47 PM

Maybe Yerkes will put the 40" on sale one day. :winky:

/Ira


Its been for sale

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:55 PM

I believe Tony Hallas is selling his 8" Astro Physics. Here's to buying lottery tickets! :lol:

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 07:48 PM

I "bought" a TEC200ED this past summer on Amart for $15,000. It was a STEAL at this price IMHO. It sold for around $18K new. Then , I started the process of trying to mount, house, feed, etc. the beast! I realized quickly that I was over my head in what I could manage (bad back compliments Uncle Sam :salute:). So, I had to turn down delivery which was no problem as the seller had a list of anxious alternates. That was the last available stateside, APM of Germany had been advertising one for $18,000. Nice dream scope...IF you have an observatory! :lol:

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 07:52 PM

So, Mike, I noticed the TEC200 on the table, but no food.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 08:04 PM

:funny:

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 08:12 PM

So, Mike, I noticed the TEC200 on the table, but no food.


No "proud Mike next to scope" too.., Perhaps no clothes either? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 12:49 AM

So, Mike, I noticed the TEC200 on the table, but no food.


No "proud Mike next to scope" too.., Perhaps no clothes either? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Regards,

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:lol: :lol:, You know, there may be more truth to your claim than you might believe. A few months ago, Mike revealed to the world that he went outside to view through his TEC200 in freezing weather without any socks on. I don't think we were getting the full story.......................not that I want to see pictures at this point.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 02:47 AM

I go outside only via ethernet now.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:53 AM

Hmm the whole backside and focuser section look like they are made out of material from 'the monolith'
It has this shimmer of being unreal, does anybody else hear those Ligeti choirs?

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 11:15 AM

Man, that thing is beautiful, looks like a piece of a spacecraft!

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 02:48 PM

I believe Tony Hallas is selling his 8" Astro Physics. Here's to buying lottery tickets! :lol:

David


A bargain at only $48,000. :p

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 03:50 PM

I believe Tony Hallas is selling his 8" Astro Physics. Here's to buying lottery tickets! :lol:

David


A bargain at only $48,000. :p


I remember many years ago, my son who was about 5 at the time, and I were at a car show. I was looking at a 348 Ferrari and made a comment like, "too rich for my blood!". My son said,"just write a check, Dad!" So....there's Tony's big refractor. Checkbook? :lol:

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 09:45 PM

A bargain at only $48,000. :p


That's what I thought, until someone pointed out that the "Buy It Now" price was $100,000. :scared:

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 01:12 AM

Shortly after tr bought his I "stumbled" across a TEC 200ED for sale in Southern California. I was looking for something in the 180mm range thinking it would be the last refractor I would buy when I saw this one for sale. $16,900 with scope guard case. I bought it knowing if nothing else I could sell it and get my money back if for some strange reason I didn't like it. It is a beast and I've only used it about 4 or 5 times since I bought it six months ago but it has served it's purpose. My wife now fully understands my "need" for an observatory!

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:20 AM

You made a smart purchase. :waytogo:

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 10:21 AM

Hi John, glad you are happy with that TEC200. The one you have is the one depicted in these photos which originally belonged to my friend John Curry. http://www.cloudynig.../fpart/all/vc/1
I have tested it and it's a beauty. I've tested several 8" apos and yours ranks one of the best I've ever tested. Spherical correction is beautiful and Jupiter is mesmerizing. Saturn's rings take on a rich color tone. I wanted tp purchase it myself, but was wavering on price, but in the end, you made a good investment. I currently use my FS152 for portability purposes and it too is a wonderful refractor. If you are mounted permanently, it shouldn;t be to much trouble. My understanding was that the ED was an F stop slower with the same color correction as the FL. If that's true, then I wouldhave the ED model anyway because I prefer long F-ratios, but I'm sure they're both wonderful scopes either way.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 08:46 PM

I am looking into making a large refractor (8 to 10 inch) by grinding my own objective lens and am considering doing it with ED glass. I am finding out that a lot of the ED glass material is going out of production and the stock sizes are in smaller widths seeming to be more in the 180 mm and 160 mm sizes. You can have some melted for larger sizes but you would have to be a millionaire to afford that.I have not even checked on the prices for the stock available yet but I bet that it will make me yowl and go for the usual flint design !!!

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 07:43 AM

Good luck on your venture. D & G attempted doublet ED refractors and they threw in the towel on it. Too hard to make, and they are set-up for production! They now stick to achro's.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:26 AM

I once asked Barry if I gave him the ED glass, would he do the lens? There was a brief chuckle followed by "No".

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:34 AM

Not only is it getting harder to find the bigger size ED glasses for an objective in the 8 inch size range , they are darned expensive and anyone using them in lens production really needs to be careful in handling it plus they are finicky in you really need to be on your game in holding tolerances. Someone set up for production such as Barry would be taking a chance in trying something out of the norm. In some respects doing a one time job on specialty glass would be better for someone not set up for production. I am no expert at optical design although I did turn out a really nice 6 inch achromatic doublet. I have seen that the economy situation is making the different manufacturers cut back on production and sizes of materials not heavily used are taking a back seat. It always seems to go that way when things get tough. The Tec scopes are at the cutting edge of optical design and would be among the first to feel the pinch. I hope Yuri keeps it going because he sure has a great product line. I'd like to see even larger ED scopes come out in the future. Wouldn't a 10 inch be nice !!

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 02:44 AM

I always hear about homogeneity problems, stria, and other things which make buying thousands in glass blanks sound terrifying. Coating and THEN finding out about probs, etc.






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