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#1 Steve L

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 11:16 PM

I've been waiting to buy an Atlas mount from Orion for an astrophotography mount for my ed80. I piggyback it on an lx90 and was looking to upgrade. Today the orion website says it's no longer available for purchase!! :bawling: O.K. is something new coming out or should I look at the Sirius mount?

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#2 DanB

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 11:42 PM

Is that the same as an EQ6?
I dealt with Brady Johnson, great folks, fast ship...
http://www.kwtelesco...Accessories.htm

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 03:33 AM

I've been waiting to buy an Atlas mount from Orion for an astrophotography mount for my ed80. I piggyback it on an lx90 and was looking to upgrade. Today the orion website says it's no longer available for purchase!! :bawling: O.K. is something new coming out or should I look at the Sirius mount?

Steve L


Might prudent to contact Orion to get some facts around their status statement, really.

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#4 rmollise

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 05:11 AM

Dang...if this is more than just a website glitch/mistake...talk about the passing of an era! :bawling:

#5 Steve L

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:13 AM

I sent an e-mail to Orion asking them.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:18 AM

talk about the passing of an era! :bawling:


All good things come to an end. At least in the astronomy equipment world it is usually replaced with something better! :jump:

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:58 AM

Not sure. It looks like they'll sell you one bundled with a scope. Could it be a way of trying to sell more scopes instead of just the mount?

Astronomics still lists it separately but shows it back-ordered.

The Opt Offering for the Atlas has a big "new" beside it. Perhaps there is a feature change whether good or bad..

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:04 AM

Hmm... I called Orion over the weekend a asked about it's availability. I got a very vague answer.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:14 AM

Not cool. Been waiting over a month for my PAID order. I am hoping this is not true.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:45 AM

CGEM must have eaten their market. That's your answer, by the way.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:49 AM

On that note, Orion doesn't seem to have anything these days. I tried getting some eyepieces from them, and then canceled the order when they were showing a 6 week delivery.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:15 AM

Maybe they will introducing something new in that class.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:58 AM

It definitely says that, no longer available. Strange.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 10:07 AM

Orion website now saying shipping on 5/19/11. ??????

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:17 AM

Well, that pretty much puts a de facto stop on my spending and thinking about what I should replace my LXD75 with. Kind of a good thing for the short term, but I really liked the Atlas when I demoed it at NEAF2010 at the Orion booth. Hmmmm...it is a shame though if it's really not going to be anymore.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:22 AM

Looks like they are now offering the CGEM as a replacement.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:38 AM

"CGEM must have eaten their market. That's your answer, by the way."

Quite the opposite, really.

Despite Syntelestron's effort to dominate the mid-capacity mass-produced mount market with the CGEM, Atlas sales have remained very strong. Celestron's shoddy QC on its recent mounts (CGE, CGEM and CGE Pro) made the relatively rugged and bulletproof Atlas the safe haven for many unwilling to take a Celestron dice roll.

I suspect this is Syntalestron's effort to exclude a prime competitor for installed base in this mount segment. Synta pulls the plug, and eliminates the #1 marketshare competitor.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:45 AM

Where in the world are you people getting the idea that it's been discontinued?
I just looked at the Orion site, they show a slight delay in shipping.
No big deal, popular items often get moved faster than their supplies get replaced.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:56 AM

I sure hope it isn't so. I was planning to get another one at some point.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:06 PM

Where in the world are you people getting the idea that it's been discontinued?
I just looked at the Orion site, they show a slight delay in shipping.
No big deal, popular items often get moved faster than their supplies get replaced.



The website has been updated (Sometime between 9:58 and 11:07 this morning Eastern Time) since the thread started. Before that morning it read as identified in the OP's original statement and no "add to cart" button was available.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:17 PM

Well, that pretty much puts a de facto stop on my spending and thinking about what I should replace my LXD75 with. Kind of a good thing for the short term, but I really liked the Atlas when I demoed it at NEAF2010 at the Orion booth. Hmmmm...it is a shame though if it's really not going to be anymore.


Well, it looks like you'll still have a shot at it based on the new message on the site. But, if its future feels shaky, you might want to consider the CGEM or iEQ45. So far, I'm lovin' the iEQ45. Keep in mind this is my first GEM so I have nothing to compare it to which makes my opinion ... well, pretty worthless really! :grin: But, I'm lovin' it nonetheless!

-Dan

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:33 PM

Keep in mind this is my first GEM so I have nothing to compare it to which makes my opinion ... well, pretty worthless really! :grin: But, I'm lovin' it nonetheless!


Funny post, Dan. Thanks for the laugh! :grin:

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:44 PM

Makes you wonder if all isn't as well at Orion as it could be? I showed up at the site a few days ago to order one of their 190mm Mak Newts as an AP solution around 1000mm focal length and they've discontinued it as well. My first thought? "Rude."

Likely just as simple that I was the only guy who wanted to buy that scope and I waited too long to do it. I sure hope so. I've bought a lot of stuff over the years from Orion and would hate to see them go away.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 01:38 PM


Despite Syntelestron's effort to dominate the mid-capacity mass-produced mount market with the CGEM, Atlas sales have remained very strong.

Regards,

Jim


Jim, Where do you find the figures on mount sales? I'm curious to see them myself.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 02:09 PM

5/26 is the ship date now. they were probably just updating the expected ship date and in the meantime it said "unavailable".

whew. ive been putting off buying an atlas for the past 3 years as the money was needed elsewhere around the house or car repairs, family vacations, etc. that would really be a bummer if they discontinued it. i dont see any reason they would, though. i imagine its one of their top selling pieces of equipment.






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