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Jaxdialation
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: BrendanF]
      #3722247 - 04/03/10 09:04 AM

Interesting isn't it, the first time you see one?
I moved from an EM400, so it wasn't startling. In fact I was relieved since the size of my scope worried me



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The AP1200GTO is much bigger (and heavier) in person than in pictures. It really something where pictures do not prepare you for the experience.

Have fun unpacking!




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Joselo
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: BrendanF]
      #3726595 - 04/05/10 04:22 PM

Mount is scheduled to arrive by Friday ...
Now, I have to double the efforts to finish building the observatory


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drksky
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: Joselo]
      #3726815 - 04/05/10 05:52 PM

...wish I had your dilemma...

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skybsd
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: Joselo]
      #3726818 - 04/05/10 05:55 PM

How exciting!

Don't forget the arrival and unwrapping photos

Regards,

skybsd


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Joselo
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: skybsd]
      #3727882 - 04/06/10 09:07 AM

ROCKFORD, IL, US 04/05/2010 9:24 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
04/05/2010 7:45 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN
US 04/05/2010 3:17 P.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED


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CounterWeight
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: Joselo]
      #3728084 - 04/06/10 11:05 AM

Woohoo! I share your excitement


What are weather expectations down your way this time of year? Are chancs pretty good for clear skies? NOAA maps look favorable...


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skybsd
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: Joselo]
      #3728322 - 04/06/10 12:58 PM

Quote:

ROCKFORD, IL, US 04/05/2010 9:24 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
04/05/2010 7:45 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN
US 04/05/2010 3:17 P.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED




Heeheehee!!

Hope you don't mind us living life vicariously through your excitement!

Regards,

skybsd


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Jaxdialation
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: skybsd]
      #3729165 - 04/06/10 07:35 PM

In Coming! I'm using mine tonight. You will love yours.

They are awesome mounts.


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astrotrf
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: Jaxdialation]
      #3729222 - 04/06/10 08:05 PM

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I thought that one had to wait for a decade for those mounts?





The wait used to be a couple of years, but Astro-Physics caught up to the end of the AP1200 list about a year or so ago. I think this was due to their facilities expansion that has apparently let them produce quite a few more mounts than before.

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I think the current wait list for the AP160 is at least 8 years!!!!





I signed up for an AP155EDF in February of 2000 (yep; over 10 years now!). Since then, of course, that scope has morphed into the AP160. I think they're up to November of 1999, so I am hopeful that my name comes up in the next production run.

The question is: I have since purchased a Takahashi BRC-250; should I still get the AP160?

Edited by astrotrf (04/06/10 08:08 PM)


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WirelessDude
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: Joselo]
      #3729578 - 04/06/10 11:40 PM

Congratulations! I was notified last week about my AP1200 shipping in about 2 weeks. I am green with envy!!!

Enjoy and lots of clear skies!


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Jaxdialation
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Re: I have been notified - AP1200 almost here... new [Re: astrotrf]
      #3729989 - 04/07/10 09:10 AM

The answer is....it depends. I have a 10" RCOS in that size range, and I don't see a need to trade down aperture. The 1910mm focal length is perfect for me.

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The question is: I have since purchased a Takahashi BRC-250; should I still get the AP160?




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Joselo
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AP1200 is here... new [Re: BrendanF]
      #3735164 - 04/09/10 04:13 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

Hi ...
mount is here ..... dont know if this is an issue, or if this normal .... there seems to be a problem on the pain job on the top of the RA ... see picture

Edited by Joselo (04/09/10 04:14 PM)


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skybsd
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Re: AP1200 is here... new [Re: Joselo]
      #3735255 - 04/09/10 05:04 PM

Yikes!

I take it you've already sent that photo off to AP?

Regards,

skybsd


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Re: AP1200 is here... new [Re: skybsd]
      #3735280 - 04/09/10 05:20 PM

How could Meade do such a thing!!!! Down with Mea....


whaaaaa???????

Wait a minute.......

Seriously, AP will probably make things right, you waited and paid for a perfect mount so you should get one.


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Joselo
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Re: AP1200 is here... new [Re: gillmj24]
      #3735344 - 04/09/10 05:57 PM

Spoke to them... they say it is normal ... once the 2 pcs are attached, this part is covered by the DEC axis.

Monday they will send me an email with explanation...


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skybsd
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Re: AP1200 is here... new [Re: Joselo]
      #3735381 - 04/09/10 06:17 PM

Hmmmmmmmmm

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Jaxdialation
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Re: AP1200 is here... new [Re: skybsd]
      #3735977 - 04/10/10 12:14 AM

If you had said Meade told you that I'd be skeptical.
But AP knows their product, and I think I know what they mean in this instance. I wouldn't worry.


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Aquatone
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Re: AP1200 is here... new [Re: Jaxdialation]
      #3736043 - 04/10/10 01:20 AM

Yes I had the same slightly faded paint in exactly the same area on my AP1200 when it arrived a few years ago. Seems they paint the mounts with both axis attached. It is completely covered by the DEC axis so you won't notice it. Still I used the touch up paint kit AP supplies to cover it when I touched up a few minor chips/zings after a year of much usage and it now looks perfect. Think of it in the same category as touching up the paint on the underside of your car.

Your mount will perform perfectly. Don't worry!

Chris


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Aircrftr
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Re: AP1200 is here... new [Re: Joselo]
      #3736064 - 04/10/10 02:15 AM

Joselo;

I just checked mine and it has the same thing. No worries. I didn't even notice it before!!! LOL.


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skybsd
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Re: AP1200 is here... new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #3736173 - 04/10/10 06:29 AM

Ahh.., Good to hear that this paint gap is common across other owners' mount too.

Regards,

skybsd


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