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Quote:How long ago did you put your name on the list? Sorry, I cannot help answer your question. I hope to be able to someday.
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Quote:Any experiences with using a AP 130EDFGT for observing only? The AP front desk told me a few months ago that my name is coming up on the wait list for an offer to buy one 130EDFGT during the next production run in 2013. Should I take the offer? I don't flip scopes. I would use it pretty much for grab&go observing around the house since I'm still totally enjoying transporting larger aperture scopes to dark sites at my youthful age of 62.
Quote:Would it be a keeper as I get older and tire of managing larger scopes, or will I be underwhelmed by its relatively small 130mm aperture?
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Quote:I put my name on the AP 130EDF list around 2005.
Quote:...as long as I was sure the mount demands were no greater (and that my set-up time was not much different than it is with the 105
Quote:Quote:...as long as I was sure the mount demands were no greater (and that my set-up time was not much different than it is with the 105That is the real catch to the 130!
Quote:Quote:I put my name on the AP 130EDF list around 2005.
Oooh, maybe I'm getting close - beginning of 2006 for me... The question is, however, would the 130GT supplant the Traveler as my grab and go? It would certainly be dragged out more often than my 140mm with 4" focuser for visual use!
The 130GT strikes me as a great scope for visual use, I'd be very tempted to consider it even if I had to give up the Traveler to make it happen - as long as I was sure the mount demands were no greater (and that my set-up time was not much different than it is with the 105).
Quote:Quote:I put my name on the AP 130EDF list around 2005.Oooh, maybe I'm getting close - beginning of 2006 for me... The question is, however, would the 130GT supplant the Traveler as my grab and go? It would certainly be dragged out more often than my 140mm with 4" focuser for visual use!The 130GT strikes me as a great scope for visual use, I'd be very tempted to consider it even if I had to give up the Traveler to make it happen - as long as I was sure the mount demands were no greater (and that my set-up time was not much different than it is with the 105).
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Quote:Why not make a 130mm aperture mask for your 175 and see what you think?
Quote:Quote:Why not make a 130mm aperture mask for your 175 and see what you think? Only to find out that perhaps the best grab-n-go for around the house or anywhere else for that matter is .................... The little Q 3 1/2
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Quote:Everyone is touching on the real issue of owning the GT. Absolutely, it will show more than a Traveler or any other quality 4" refractor. The level of planetary and DSO detail seen is obvious, appreciable and satisfying over those. The catch is to mount the scope in a manner that allows one to use it with the same frequency as the smaller instruments. Otherwise, you might just as well observe with the 175 or 24" for the effort expended!
I used to take my TV Genesis out on its super polaris mount in one trip, counterweights and all. I used it heavily! Nightly! Even though the GT is physically not much bigger, it is twice the weight and then add the additional counterweight! The alt/az solution may be the best answer to use this scope with ease. Nova Hitch, DSV-3, DM-4/6 and even the TV Gibraltar 5 come to mind and seem to be the mount of choice over equatorials, which I prefer for various reasons. I use my GT on a CG5 Goto primarily and a Mach1 more recently, but it is not grab and go and takes a few trips to rig and get going. Result? Decreased use versus the Genesis.
So, is the scope worth getting? Absolutely! The one piece of advice I'd give...consider your mounting options wisely. I have owned the GT since it was first released in 2008...I still have yet to mount it in a manner that is satisfactory to using it as grab and go!
Quote:Peter, how involved is the setup with the Dob and how frequently are you using it ?