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#401 Paul G

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

From the time the glass was sent out to the coaters until my scope was assembled and shipped to me -- about 4 weeks.

You're going to love it!

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:03 PM

Thanks Paul, that gives me a good idea when I might receive it.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:51 PM

Thanks to everyone here that helped me on the mount decision. After flip flopping between a 900, then a 1600, looked at a couple of used 1200s, I have come full circle and have just placed a order for a 900GTO.

It and the 175EDF should both ship next week, making it an early Christmas at my house!

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

I talked to Roland about the AP175 at ASAE. He said he can make 5 AP130 EDFGTs in the time it takes to make one AP175. Those things are going at quite a discount in that case, then.

I hope to have a chance to look through one someday.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

Thanks to everyone here that helped me on the mount decision. After flip flopping between a 900, then a 1600, looked at a couple of used 1200s, I have come full circle and have just placed a order for a 900GTO.

It and the 175EDF should both ship next week, making it an early Christmas at my house!


Prime time for Jupiter! Congrats!

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

Jupiter is really quite impressive in the AP 175.

One early morning at the Black Forest Star Party a few months ago, M42 looked stunning through it too (the outer nebulousity looked smokey).

You will definitely enjoy this telescope.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:25 PM

With my 175 last September observing the Milky Way in Scutum and Sagittarius, I was totally impressed, and surprised, with how well Barnard dark nebula looked -- outlined to the degree that they took on a 3-D appearance. I've not seen that before with my larger Dob's. The contrast is phenomenal! A Barnard through a Dob looks like a flat hole in the MW, but the 175 showed it as a rich three-dimensional object -- it had shape.

Jupiter is really quite impressive in the AP 175.

One early morning at the Black Forest Star Party a few months ago, M42 looked stunning through it too (the outer nebulousity looked smokey).

You will definitely enjoy this telescope.



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:39 PM

With my 175 last September observing the Milky Way in Scutum and Sagittarius, I was totally impressed, and surprised, with how well Barnard dark nebula looked -- outlined to the degree that they took on a 3-D appearance. I've not seen that before with my larger Dob's. The contrast is phenomenal! A Barnard through a Dob looks like a flat hole in the MW, but the 175 showed it as a rich three-dimensional object -- it had shape.

Jupiter is really quite impressive in the AP 175.

One early morning at the Black Forest Star Party a few months ago, M42 looked stunning through it too (the outer nebulousity looked smokey).

You will definitely enjoy this telescope.


Peter, that's the impression I had of the area between M42 & M43 with the AP175.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:10 PM

Can't wait to observe the winter sky with my 175. :flexible:

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:54 PM

Me either!!!! It just needs to be finished and shipped... The wait is killin me

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

Roland was originally scheduled to finish the 175 run by end of October. I wonder what scope number he's up to by now. Any recent 175 recipients wish to report their 175 serial number? The latest one I know about is #27 (September delivery).

Me either!!!! It just needs to be finished and shipped... The wait is killin me



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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:07 AM

Mine is #27, was delivered in October. Keep in mind that the scopes aren't necessarily finished and shipped in serial number order (learned that during the 10" Mak production run).

Roland was originally scheduled to finish the 175 run by end of October. I wonder what scope number he's up to by now. Any recent 175 recipients wish to report their 175 serial number? The latest one I know about is #27 (September delivery).

Me either!!!! It just needs to be finished and shipped... The wait is killin me



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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:04 PM

Roland was originally scheduled to finish the 175 run by end of October. I wonder what scope number he's up to by now. Any recent 175 recipients wish to report their 175 serial number? The latest one I know about is #27 (September delivery).

Me either!!!! It just needs to be finished and shipped... The wait is killin me


Not sure about the final total number, since Roland NEVER releases such, but from some conversations with whom I will not discuss either, the number of 175EDF scopes which will be made is just over 50. According to Marj, this 175 production will use up virtually all the large glass which has been sitting around for years. Once the 175EDF's are done, they are done.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

Not starting speculation, but Roland is looking at land on the Big island for an observatory. He just spent 10 days there. HMMMMMMMM.....

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:38 PM

i think they like to go there often. several months ago on the ap-ug yahoo group he and marj discussed their hopes for the future. didn't sound like retirement was too immenent, but they are obviously putting more thought into it.

http://tech.groups.y...g/message/59654

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:39 AM

Roland describes himself as retired as he wants to be, now. In his words, "And finally one day, I'll just go thump." Accompanied with a falling arm from the elbow gesture and a smile.

-Rich

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:37 AM

Not starting speculation, but Roland is looking at land on the Big island for an observatory. He just spent 10 days there. HMMMMMMMM.....


Yeah, but they were discussing that about 8 months ago as well as discussing renting it out complete with observatory with a couple of scopes. From the sounds of it, they are still looking around.

As to the 175's, soon I hope! Last I heard there is a group back from the coaters and Roland is currently finishing the next (possibly final?!?) group of lenses before shipping to the coaters. Once they are sent off he will be putting together the ones that are already coated and ready to go into the OTAs, testing and shipping. It should be happening soon, but how soon is soon?

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:40 PM

Roland was originally scheduled to finish the 175 run by end of October. I wonder what scope number he's up to by now. Any recent 175 recipients wish to report their 175 serial number? The latest one I know about is #27 (September delivery).


Mine is serial number 32 delivered today 12/19.

Edited to correct number.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

Roland was originally scheduled to finish the 175 run by end of October. I wonder what scope number he's up to by now. Any recent 175 recipients wish to report their 175 serial number? The latest one I know about is #27 (September delivery).


Mine is serial number 34 delivered today 12/19.


Congrats!

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 02:06 AM

#44 delivered in May 2013
I believe 56 total were made.

Roland was originally scheduled to finish the 175 run by end of October. I wonder what scope number he's up to by now. Any recent 175 recipients wish to report their 175 serial number? The latest one I know about is #27 (September delivery).



Me either!!!! It just needs to be finished and shipped... The wait is killin me



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 03:46 PM

I'm thinking that if you got yours in May then it was part of the very last group he made. I'm still putting my guesstimate in at 45 total. Mine is #34 and is part of the second last group of 5 or 6 shipped in December. Another group of 5 or 6 was shipped in February . . . and then there was this special final group of an unknown number which went to people on the 155/160 list. I am still thinking that it was another group of 5 or 6 scopes.

So, what is going to happen with the big TEC or has it been sold already?

#44 delivered in May 2013
I believe 56 total were made.

Roland was originally scheduled to finish the 175 run by end of October. I wonder what scope number he's up to by now. Any recent 175 recipients wish to report their 175 serial number? The latest one I know about is #27 (September delivery).



Me either!!!! It just needs to be finished and shipped... The wait is killin me



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 04:07 PM

I agree with M13Observer, from my correspondence with other 175 lottery winners and their serial numbers, plus the 5-6 additional at the end, I suspect 45 to 46.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 04:19 PM

The big TEC is happy here for now and refuses to budge.

I was directly told by someone who knows that there were 56 of them.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 04:20 PM

The big TEC is happy here for now and refuses to budge.

I was directly told by someone who knows that there were 56 of them.


That is interesting, when I asked I was told they weren't allowed to reveal that. Even to a 175 owner. I guess it's all in who you talk to sometimes.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 04:25 PM

I agree with M13Observer, from my correspondence with other 175 lottery winners and their serial numbers, plus the 5-6 additional at the end, I suspect 45 to 46.


I had them delay shipping mine as long as possible even though it was paid for because I already had a 175 and figured there were others in a big hurry to get one, and it was still winter. I received mine in mid April and it was #46 but I know for sure that some shipped after that. Don't know if the serial numbers were higher or not but I suspect they were.

I was not a lottery winner and was notified in early July.

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