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#1 coz

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:45 PM

Roland C. mentioned on the yahoo groups that they are working hard to have a new mount at NEAF this year. AP900 replacement?

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

Well.....the 1600 is new, the 3600 and Mach 1 doesn't need an update so that leaves the 900. Roland has said he wants to create a larger difference in performance between the Mach 1, 900 and 1200. The 1200 became the 1600, the Mach 1 doesn't need any change in specs, so the 900 needs to be improved to be more in between those two.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

AP900 replacement?



Roland mentioned this on tec-ug:

"We have new mounts coming that are an improvement over the previous models. The new 1600 has many more features and options than the 1200 mount had. It is also much more accurate in guiding. This year you will see a new mount that replaces the old 900 mount with similar features as the 1600. These new mounts are totally new designs, and not just an adaptation of the older ones. They can hold more weight and you can place cables thru the mount axes."

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#4 coz

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:44 PM

Sounds great.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:44 PM

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

Coz, are you absolutely positively sure it sounds great? :question:

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:54 AM

Roland C. mentioned on the yahoo groups that they are working hard to have a new mount at NEAF this year. AP900 replacement?


If only more companies followed Astro Physics' business model of Ccontinous Product Improvement as well as Customer Support.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:48 AM

And I'll get to see it at ASAE, later this year!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:27 PM

I wonder if it really will be an AP1000. Or maybe it will be the Diablo.

He seems to be on a car kick these days, you know. On that thought, perhaps it is more likely it would be the Cobra.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:05 AM

I Or maybe it will be the Diablo.
-Rich


....I suggest Fiorano:)...besides car references I am really curious too about the successor of the AP900. The 900 is next to get for my collection of mounts I wonder if we will see more used ones hit the market as people upgrade.
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:22 AM

I Or maybe it will be the Diablo.
-Rich


....I suggest Fiorano:)...besides car references I am really curious too about the successor of the AP900. The 900 is next to get for my collection of mounts I wonder if we will see more used ones hit the market as people upgrade.
Andy


I suspect you will, seems to have been more 1200's available used once the 1600 started to ship.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:17 PM

A bunch of people already have AP 1600s. Start looking around for 1200s.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

Roland said today that this new mount will have a 100-120lb capacity still TBD and it will weigh 42 lbs (26+16). This is like 10 lbs lighter than the 900 I think?

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

AP1100 it is

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:08 PM

it will be called AP100 as Roland stated.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:50 PM

How long did it take for the AP1600 to start shipping after it was first announced?

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:59 PM

Roland said today that this new mount will have a 100-120lb capacity still TBD and it will weigh 42 lbs (26+16). This is like 10 lbs lighter than the 900 I think?


Whoa! That's light.

I'm guessing this one will have absolute encoders available.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

Well according to the latest email, it will be called AP1100. My recollection of the shipping lag for the AP1600 was about 4 months; however I am not at the beginning of the shipping queue. All that being said, I am hopeful of getting mine this spring.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:40 PM

Last year at NEAF, Howard said he figured it would be the 1000 or Grand.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

Last year at NEAF, Howard said he figured it would be the 1000 or Grand.


Roland posted that there is already another mount with (that/similar?) name.

Anyway, The specs sound incredible for mobile imagers. Tempting to sell my AP600 but I don't remote image enough to justify the $$$$$

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

Roland posted today on the AP GTO users group that it will be called the 1100. No word on price yet.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:02 PM

Roland said today that this new mount will have a 100-120lb capacity still TBD and it will weigh 42 lbs (26+16). This is like 10 lbs lighter than the 900 I think?


No it's one pound lighter than the 900GTO. The 900 has a 17 pound DEC and 26 pound RA so they have reduced the DEC by a pound. The quoted total weight of the 900GTO is 54 pounds but includes the 10 pound counterweight shaft. However, how fantastic is it that they were able to reduce any weight but significantly increase the payload capacity by 50%.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:21 PM

However, how fantastic is it that they were able to reduce any weight but significantly increase the payload capacity by 50%.


Perhaps the AP900/1200 mounts are significantly overbuilt so they are just eating into the conservative spec before? My AP1200 looks and feels very overdesigned.
The (costly to make) setting circles are gone however :ooo:

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:49 PM

Yes, I noticed they said they were gone. While I would rarely ever use them I like the option.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:42 PM

I use them to plan my sessions without powering up the mount and trying to see how far I can image without meridian flip. The circles go great with the clutch.






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