Kmart 40mm-Thanks Mom|Jason60mm-Thanks Dad|C80SS-Thanks Wife|C90|C102|C6XLT|AP130EDFGT|C-11XLT EQ-2|EQ-3|CG5GT|Mach 1 & Eagle "For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".-Leonardo da Vinci "We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."-Oscar Wilde ~RIP Dad, you were my best friend...Godspeed!~
Quote:Someone in another thread said Roland of AP is of advancing age.
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Quote:My great-grandmother was 105 when she check out, she was pretty health right up to 100. 69 is the new 40.
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Deforked 1979 Orange C8 WO 66mm APO 80mm f/7 refractor Sears 60mm refractor 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
Quote: Of course, I was saying such things 10 years ago, and if I'd gone on a list then, I'd probably have my scope by now.
Scopes - 10" Meade LX200, Coronado 90mm, Vixen ED103, Orion 80mm Guide Mount - AP1600GTO Std (Encoders.... someday) Cameras - Atik 320E, Atik 314L+, Atik Titan, Mallincam Xtreme X2, Skyris 274M, Orion StarShooter, Canon 7D Instruments - L200 Spectrometer (300,600,1200 gratings), SA100 Diffraction Filters - LRGB,OIII,SII,Ha; J/C UV,B,V,Ic,Rc Way too many computers....
Quote:My new AP1600GTO is being delivered Monday.
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Quote:Quote:My new AP1600GTO is being delivered Monday. Now that is exciting!
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
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Quote:I'm interested in eventually moving up to new AP equipment in the future. Someone in another thread said Roland of AP is of advancing age. It sounds like he runs the show.How long is the current wait list for the Mach 1? It's a decade for their refractors!When Roland retires, does he have an apprentice that will take over mount production? Or does someone else already handle mounts? I wouldn't want to sign up for a Mach 1 wait list and be left waiting...forever.
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A-P 105 Traveler ~ TEC 140 D ~ TEC 6 MCT ~ XT10 (Zambuto)
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
Quote:Ten years is a long time to wait though, I'd go for a tec140 over the ap130
Quote:I don't think you have to worry about the mounts being produced and available after Roland is gone...but, as for the scopes...
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AP 130EDF-GT & AP Mach1
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Quote:I read somewhere that AP currently has 31 employees. Also that their goal is to have zero wait time for mounts. Refractors will be a sideline due to the difficulty in getting a consistently-reliable source for quality glass.I know that it is very important to Marj and Roland that AP continue on after they are gone so even though we don't know what the plan is, I am confident that they have one.
Quote: He has specifically endorsed TEC scopes.
Quote:Quote: He has specifically endorsed TEC scopes. I was just curious if you have a source for that? Not that I doubt it, I know they're friends and I enjoy Roland's occasional contributions to the TEC Yahoo group.
14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
Quote:Roland told me and others on Amart that the TEC scopes were as good as his. He endorsed buying one if you were not willing or unable to wait for one of his.BluemanQuote:Quote: He has specifically endorsed TEC scopes. I was just curious if you have a source for that? Not that I doubt it, I know they're friends and I enjoy Roland's occasional contributions to the TEC Yahoo group.
Quote: Roland has suggested several times that he will eventually retire. I suppose it all depends upon how much fun he continues to have.
Quote:Quote:Quote:My new AP1600GTO is being delivered Monday. Now that is exciting! Yep it is!... Back from the depths of telescope on the observatory floor.