AP 1200 No longer Available-1600GTO!
Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:26 PM
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That thing is FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:38 PM
Does it come with a fork lift? A-P lost their minds. Completely out of touch with main street. A respectful business should NOT cancel/pre-empt the waiting list for the AP1200. They should have honored all pre-orders and deliver the AP1200.
Well, if you waited for a new AP 1200 its too late. They are discountined, but a new 1600GTO with zero-error encoders is replacing it. Called the "Sweet 16" it will debute at NEAF and the imaging conference. Announced on ap-ug with pics and specs.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:50 PM
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:35 PM
I agree with Alph. I hope they called all the people on the 1200 waiting list and personally informed them.
According to the announcement made by Rolando on AM, all individuals on the 1200 wait list were personally informed and all have been moved to the 1600 list.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:36 PM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:10 PM
So, does this mean we should see some good used AP1200's on the market in the near future?
Isn't good news for a prudent buyer?
Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:32 PM
This lack of enjoying a very precise instrument in the over 60 to 140 lb weight class puts a number of amateurs out of the Astro-Physics market. But then again, I am sure AP did their homework and seen that the AP900 will suffice most amateurs with 12 and 14" SCT's.
I sure am glad I was able to secure one before what I think will be an upward push in the used mount category of AP1200 mounts.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:08 PM
I have *long* thought that the price delta between the 900 and 1200 was far too close... this does fix that...
As long as the 1600 isn't *too* expensive... it looks very, very nice...
Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:17 PM
A-P lost their minds. Completely out of touch with main street.
Maybe so, but over here on Desert Drive, this mount has just shot to the top of the list in my long (and very frustrating) mount search. It's still a worm-and-wheel design, but the absolute encoders largely make up for that. Through-the-mount cabling meets another requirement on my shopping list, as does RS-232 operation with the intelligence built into the mount. The only thing missing to make it perfect (for me, at least) would have been adjustment to 90 degrees latitude so it could be attached to an astrographic pier in a simple way.
I'm really happy I waited. I agonized over mounts with dodgy software, mounts that required me to park a PC (and a *Windows* one at that) right next to the mount for control, mounts with obscure control systems, and mounts that precluded or severely limited through-the-mount cabling. A search that I thought would be easy in that price range turned out to be a 2-1/2 year nightmare that sounds as if it might finally be ending.
Now I just have to wait for the price announcement to see if the mount fund has enough astro-bucks or whether it needs to be augmented somewhat ...
Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:47 PM
But then again, I am sure AP did their homework and seen that the AP900 will suffice most amateurs with 12 and 14" SCT's.
Heck, some folks are using the Mach 1 satisfactorily for their 12 -14's!
Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:52 PM
PS no don't look at me. I think I will only be up for the day on Saturday.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:57 PM
My vote is for 14000. Whatever the paramount ME costs.
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