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#1 BKBrown

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:47 PM

I know there is chatter about AP rolling out a replacement for the 900, but I didn't realize they were gone already. I was just at the AP web site and the 900 is no longer listed; only the Mach 1, 1600, and 3600. Was there an official announcement or something recently? Thanks!

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#2 Joe Bergeron

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:14 PM

A wild guess would suggest that they've sold the last 900 they had on the shelf. Expect the 1100 to be unveiled at NEAF.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:06 AM

If you search this forum, there are already some things known about the replacement. Search for AP1100.

Also, AP has said in their user group, that they will be making a formal announcement very soon - possibly this week.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:05 AM

Roland announced a while back that the 900 units that they had were the last and there would be no more made. I believe they sold out faily quickly after that.
Anacortes had a new one for sale recently, but I have no idea of whether they still have it.
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I know there is chatter about AP rolling out a replacement for the 900, but I didn't realize they were gone already. I was just at the AP web site and the 900 is no longer listed; only the Mach 1, 1600, and 3600. Was there an official announcement or something recently? Thanks!

Clear Skies,
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:49 AM

I guess that means I'll be getting a call pretty soon. I put my name on the 900 list a few months ago. Alice called and said "We have them in stock now". I told her I would wait for the next run knowing that the 1100 would replace it. ;)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:27 PM

I may have gotten the last 900! I ordered it through OPT and it is due to be shipped next week. Just in time to take to the Texas Star Party!!! I was told that it was the last 900.

I guess I will have to demote my CGEM in my signature block!

#7 John O'Grady

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:19 PM

This past weekend on the yahoo ap-gto forum, Roland posted that they would be announcing the AP-1100 in a couple days. Marj followed up in a subsequent post stating that the information should be posted on the website closer to the end of the week. Needless to say, I've been checking the astro-physics website every day this week.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:42 PM

Thanks to all for chiming in here, guess we'll see what the new mount looks like soon enough...

Clear Skies,
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:06 AM

Yep, They sold the last one the first of April. the site says to check the whats new page around the 4-5 April for more info on the 1100GTO. I,m guessing that the first production run will be in June. And don't expect it to be under $10,000 :bawling:

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:21 PM

I wish they would stop production on the Mach1 and offer a new one so people would start dumping their Mach1's in the classifieds for cheap :)

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:44 PM

I guess that means I'll be getting a call pretty soon. I put my name on the 900 list a few months ago. Alice called and said "We have them in stock now". I told her I would wait for the next run knowing that the 1100 would replace it. ;)


It may take a while. I have had a 1600 on order since January and I am expecting it (hopefully) in May.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:12 PM

I wish they would stop production on the Mach1 and offer a new one so people would start dumping their Mach1's in the classifieds for cheap :)


I wish so also. :grin: :lol:

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:16 PM

http://www.astro-phy...gto/1100gto.pdf

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:00 PM

Looks fantastic! Basically, a smaller AP1600, it seems. But, personally, I think the AP Mach 1 GTO is the only truly portable mount left now. As an owner of a MX, I think the only thing I'm going to envy are the encoders.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:45 PM

Not sure what the price is but it's probably close to the 1600 so i'm not sure which the better value is.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:04 PM

When AP1600 was released, the price was a tiny bit more than AP1200. So I expect the AP1100 to be priced at or a little bit more than AP900. AP1100 is actually LIGHTER than AP900 plus 40lbs more carrying capacity (110lbs vs 70lbs). That's quite an achievement.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:18 PM

AP1100 is actually LIGHTER than AP900 plus 40lbs more carrying capacity (110lbs vs 70lbs).


Oh that's interesting. I wasn't aware of that!

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:30 PM

http://www.astro-phy...gto/1100gto.pdf


Brilliant!!!

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:01 PM

Looks ugly compared to the AP900/1200.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:24 PM

I am glad that I got the AP900 when I did. I like the new stuff, don't get me wrong. But I am happy with the old style and the price used made it a no brainer.
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 12:39 AM

I am glad that I got the AP900 when I did. I like the new stuff, don't get me wrong. But I am happy with the old style and the price used made it a no brainer.
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I agree with that. I don't think there's enough of a reason to upgrade if you already own an AP900 - maybe if you really really want some encoders but then the price is going to sky rocket!

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:03 AM

I am glad that I got the AP900 when I did. I like the new stuff, don't get me wrong. But I am happy with the old style and the price used made it a no brainer.
Blueman


I agree with that. I don't think there's enough of a reason to upgrade if you already own an AP900 - maybe if you really really want some encoders but then the price is going to sky rocket!


Same. I agree the mount doesnt look all that that flash. The only thing I really like at first look is that its lighter then the AP900 thats it. Im sure it will perform well.



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

I am perfectly happy with my 900 and 1200. So for me the encoders would be the only reason to change.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:27 PM

I think the encoders are great, but not really needed. I don't have any issues with tracking or guiding with the AP-900. But if I were rich, I guess I might consider them.
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:58 PM

What I wonder is, how big of a difference would the encoders make on the average FWHM of the images?


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