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Steve L
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Reged: 04/26/07

Loc: Bagley, MN
Atlas no longer available?
      #4587922 - 05/18/11 12:16 AM

I've been waiting to buy an Atlas mount from Orion for an astrophotography mount for my ed80. I piggyback it on an lx90 and was looking to upgrade. Today the orion website says it's no longer available for purchase!! O.K. is something new coming out or should I look at the Sirius mount?

Steve L


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DanB
No Capos Allowed


Reged: 12/05/07

Loc: Central Oregon High Desert
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Steve L]
      #4587938 - 05/18/11 12:42 AM

Is that the same as an EQ6?
I dealt with Brady Johnson, great folks, fast ship...
http://www.kwtelescope.com/SW_SynScanMountsAccessories.htm


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skybsd
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Reged: 02/01/08

Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Steve L]
      #4588066 - 05/18/11 04:33 AM

Quote:

I've been waiting to buy an Atlas mount from Orion for an astrophotography mount for my ed80. I piggyback it on an lx90 and was looking to upgrade. Today the orion website says it's no longer available for purchase!! O.K. is something new coming out or should I look at the Sirius mount?

Steve L




Might prudent to contact Orion to get some facts around their status statement, really.

Regards,

skybsd


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rmollise
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Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Steve L]
      #4588105 - 05/18/11 06:11 AM

Dang...if this is more than just a website glitch/mistake...talk about the passing of an era!

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Steve L
journeyman


Reged: 04/26/07

Loc: Bagley, MN
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: rmollise]
      #4588146 - 05/18/11 07:13 AM

I sent an e-mail to Orion asking them.

Steve L


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Don Allen
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Reged: 07/07/05

Loc: Charleston, SC
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: rmollise]
      #4588160 - 05/18/11 07:18 AM

Quote:

talk about the passing of an era!




All good things come to an end. At least in the astronomy equipment world it is usually replaced with something better!


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Rob E
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Reged: 05/20/09

Loc: Where Independence Was Won
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Don Allen]
      #4588187 - 05/18/11 07:58 AM

Not sure. It looks like they'll sell you one bundled with a scope. Could it be a way of trying to sell more scopes instead of just the mount?

Astronomics still lists it separately but shows it back-ordered.

The Opt Offering for the Atlas has a big "new" beside it. Perhaps there is a feature change whether good or bad..

Edited by Rob E (05/18/11 10:19 AM)


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Javier
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Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Rob E]
      #4588194 - 05/18/11 08:04 AM

Hmm... I called Orion over the weekend a asked about it's availability. I got a very vague answer.

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vidman
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Reged: 02/16/11

Loc: Htfd, CT
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Javier]
      #4588205 - 05/18/11 08:14 AM

Not cool. Been waiting over a month for my PAID order. I am hoping this is not true.

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Starhawk
Space Ranger
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: vidman]
      #4588233 - 05/18/11 08:45 AM

CGEM must have eaten their market. That's your answer, by the way.

-Rich


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Starhawk
Space Ranger
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Starhawk]
      #4588240 - 05/18/11 08:49 AM

On that note, Orion doesn't seem to have anything these days. I tried getting some eyepieces from them, and then canceled the order when they were showing a 6 week delivery.

-Rich


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JCAZ
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Reged: 08/11/09

Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Starhawk]
      #4588275 - 05/18/11 09:15 AM

Maybe they will introducing something new in that class.

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Doug76
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Reged: 12/05/07

Loc: Refractor Heaven
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: JCAZ]
      #4588333 - 05/18/11 09:58 AM

It definitely says that, no longer available. Strange.

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vidman
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Reged: 02/16/11

Loc: Htfd, CT
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Doug76]
      #4588450 - 05/18/11 11:07 AM

Orion website now saying shipping on 5/19/11. ??????

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Krish Mandal
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Reged: 09/02/09

Loc: Forest Hills, NY
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: vidman]
      #4588577 - 05/18/11 12:17 PM

Well, that pretty much puts a de facto stop on my spending and thinking about what I should replace my LXD75 with. Kind of a good thing for the short term, but I really liked the Atlas when I demoed it at NEAF2010 at the Orion booth. Hmmmm...it is a shame though if it's really not going to be anymore.

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mistyridge
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Reged: 10/28/05

Loc: Loomis, CA
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Krish Mandal]
      #4588585 - 05/18/11 12:22 PM

Looks like they are now offering the CGEM as a replacement.

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jrbarnett
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Reged: 02/28/06

Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Starhawk]
      #4588622 - 05/18/11 12:38 PM

"CGEM must have eaten their market. That's your answer, by the way."

Quite the opposite, really.

Despite Syntelestron's effort to dominate the mid-capacity mass-produced mount market with the CGEM, Atlas sales have remained very strong. Celestron's shoddy QC on its recent mounts (CGE, CGEM and CGE Pro) made the relatively rugged and bulletproof Atlas the safe haven for many unwilling to take a Celestron dice roll.

I suspect this is Syntalestron's effort to exclude a prime competitor for installed base in this mount segment. Synta pulls the plug, and eliminates the #1 marketshare competitor.

Regards,

Jim


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Old Dinosaur
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Reged: 05/08/07

Loc: Down there on the river
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4588635 - 05/18/11 12:45 PM

Where in the world are you people getting the idea that it's been discontinued?
I just looked at the Orion site, they show a slight delay in shipping.
No big deal, popular items often get moved faster than their supplies get replaced.


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Al Miller
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Reged: 08/25/08

Loc: South, Texas
Re: Atlas no longer available? new [Re: Old Dinosaur]
      #4588655 - 05/18/11 12:56 PM

I sure hope it isn't so. I was planning to get another one at some point.

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Rob E
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Reged: 05/20/09

Loc: Where Independence Was Won
Re: Atlas no longer available? [Re: Old Dinosaur]
      #4588672 - 05/18/11 01:06 PM

Quote:

Where in the world are you people getting the idea that it's been discontinued?
I just looked at the Orion site, they show a slight delay in shipping.
No big deal, popular items often get moved faster than their supplies get replaced.





The website has been updated (Sometime between 9:58 and 11:07 this morning Eastern Time) since the thread started. Before that morning it read as identified in the OP's original statement and no "add to cart" button was available.

Edited by Rob E (05/18/11 01:08 PM)


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