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rob288
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Reged: 05/13/08

Loc: South Canterbury, New Zealand
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: Mike7Mak]
      #5977033 - 07/17/13 11:35 PM

Mike, if you converted the exchange rate as of today, less the freight (which costs alot to and from NZ) being remote in the South pacific, and NZ taxes it would be about $4200 USD.

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BPO
sage


Reged: 02/23/10

Loc: South Island, NZ
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: BPO]
      #5977106 - 07/18/13 12:24 AM

Quote:

The NZ dollar is pretty puny. Australian retailers advertise the EQ8 for around AU$4,000 to AU$4,500 or so.



Adding to my own previous post, AU$4,500 equals NZ$5200, which equals US$4,100.

I would not have thougt the shipping from Australia to NZ would add so much (it's not a great distance, and the mounts have already traveled from China to Australia...), but I guess adding local GST tax and additional margin will bump it up.

I won't argue with Rob. As a vendor selling these mounts, he's obviously privy to all the NZ retail details that I'm not.

Anyway, judging by some of the amazingly smooth EQ8 PE curves being published by the Aussies, these mounts are priced very reasonably.


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Mike7Mak
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Reged: 12/07/11

Loc: New York
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: BPO]
      #5977253 - 07/18/13 04:27 AM

Thanks guys. I should have looked it up. I had no idea the disparity between NZ and US dollars was so large.

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rob288
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Reged: 05/13/08

Loc: South Canterbury, New Zealand
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: Mike7Mak]
      #5977274 - 07/18/13 05:15 AM

A cubic metre, 100 kg costs about $1600 NZD plus GST to freight from US to New Zealand.
To ship from Australia to NZ costs about $500 NZD plus Gst
To ship between South Island and North Island of NZ is up to $185 NZD
Then you have order value discounts from the manufacturers. Bigger markets better buy price.


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EFT
Vendor - Deep Space Products
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Reged: 05/07/07

Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: Mike7Mak]
      #5978978 - 07/18/13 11:58 PM

Quote:

Thanks guys. I should have looked it up. I had no idea the disparity between NZ and US dollars was so large.




KW up in Canada has it listed at $3799. It would be good if Orion could bring in their version for that price. Bring it down from Canada would probably result in a duty hit bring it up to about $4100 plus shipping.


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corpusse
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 04/11/10

Loc: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: EFT]
      #5989296 - 07/25/13 10:43 AM

So how are these mounts doing? Surprisingly ever since they have been available locally it's been clear almost every night. Still haven't seen any photos...

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EFT
Vendor - Deep Space Products
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Reged: 05/07/07

Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: corpusse]
      #5989315 - 07/25/13 10:53 AM

Quote:

So how are these mounts doing? Surprisingly ever since they have been available locally it's been clear almost every night. Still haven't seen any photos...




There are still very few of them out there it seems and the closest are up in Canada of course. The majority appear to be down under. Initial reports are promising though. There is a Yahoo group started by one of the Canadian owners that you should check out for information as well.


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BPO
sage


Reged: 02/23/10

Loc: South Island, NZ
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: corpusse]
      #5989874 - 07/25/13 04:09 PM

Quote:

So how are these mounts doing? Surprisingly ever since they have been available locally it's been clear almost every night. Still haven't seen any photos...



Check out the Australian forum IceInSpace. There must be a dozen Aussies and Kiwis now possessing EQ8s and the PE numbers they're getting are amazing. There have been some minor design niggles, but otherwise most everyone seems very impressed with this mount.


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lafo0100
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Reged: 05/05/13

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: BPO]
      #5990040 - 07/25/13 06:12 PM

Corpusse, I've had mine out twice in the last few weeks. The weather has been terrible in Ottawa. So far this mount has completely exceeded my expectations. The amount of power it has is ridiculous. No issues handling 75lbs of imaging gear. I travel to sites with this mount and find it much easier to setup and take down than my CGEM DX. the weight is not an issue for me. Same PE numbers as AUS and NZ, high 1-low 2 arc secs. So far worth every penny. No regrets. Hope this helps. Has for availability, I've heard from a few skywatcher retailers that there's only 3 in north america right now. How much truth is to that? I have no idea...

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aaube
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Reged: 04/10/11

Loc: Trois-Rivieres, Canada
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5990347 - 07/25/13 09:48 PM

Quote:

I've heard from a few skywatcher retailers that there's only 3 in north america right now. How much truth is to that? I have no idea...




I was told the same story when i paid a visit to 'La maison de l'astronomie' in Montréal last week. They were saying they dont expect these mounts to be available before November or December at best...

Sincerely,

Alain


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Steven
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Reged: 01/06/04

Loc: Ontario, Canada
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5990388 - 07/25/13 10:32 PM

Do you mind disclosing how much is the mount?
There seems to be some discrepancy in pricing.


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BPO
sage


Reged: 02/23/10

Loc: South Island, NZ
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: rob288]
      #5990393 - 07/25/13 10:36 PM

My usual supplier here in NZ tells me he can sell me the EQ8 for NZ$6,450, which is AU$5,630, or a little over US$5,200, so I guess we do pay a bit of premium for being at the far end of the supply train.

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corpusse
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 04/11/10

Loc: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5990492 - 07/25/13 11:29 PM

Quote:

Corpusse, I've had mine out twice in the last few weeks. The weather has been terrible in Ottawa. So far this mount has completely exceeded my expectations. The amount of power it has is ridiculous. No issues handling 75lbs of imaging gear. I travel to sites with this mount and find it much easier to setup and take down than my CGEM DX. the weight is not an issue for me. Same PE numbers as AUS and NZ, high 1-low 2 arc secs. So far worth every penny. No regrets. Hope this helps. Has for availability, I've heard from a few skywatcher retailers that there's only 3 in north america right now. How much truth is to that? I have no idea...




I had no idea. There are 2 local stores within 1 hour drive of me that have them "in stock" I just assumed there were already dozens in Canada...


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lafo0100
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Reged: 05/05/13

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: Steven]
      #5990763 - 07/26/13 05:53 AM

The mount and tripod were $3799 in Canada. Its gone up to $4199 with the increase in shipping. The increase came into effecta a few weeks ago.

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Steven
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Reged: 01/06/04

Loc: Ontario, Canada
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: lafo0100]
      #5992011 - 07/26/13 09:16 PM

KW Telescope still listed it $3799. Do you mean if one need it shipped then the price jump to $4199?

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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: Steven]
      #5994369 - 07/28/13 09:28 AM

An image result from Australia with the EQ8:

http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=109967&page=2

Edited by alpal (07/28/13 09:28 AM)


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John_G
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Reged: 01/18/10

Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: Steven]
      #5994451 - 07/28/13 10:19 AM

Quote:

KW Telescope still listed it $3799. Do you mean if one need it shipped then the price jump to $4199?




If it's Focus Scientific in Ottawa, I'd guess that the $4199 is the cost to pick up at the store. Not to ship to your house.


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roberto001
journeyman


Reged: 09/22/10

Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: orion69]
      #6051708 - 08/28/13 11:39 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hznsz5qyz4A

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starhacker
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Reged: 08/13/13

Loc: NH, USA
Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: roberto001]
      #6052514 - 08/29/13 01:00 PM

I pre-ordered my EQ8 from Focus a couple weeks ago for CA$4200, plus a very reasonable price for shipping to the northeast U.S. However, duties will cost me another US$400+. Sigh. They're talking about mid-September to early October for shipping at this time. Focus also does a firmware upgrade and gear backlash adjustment for free, unless you prefer your mount unopened.

Online I also found a place in BC that sells them for about the same $ I think.


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the_lizardking
newbie


Reged: 08/16/13

Re: EQ 8 Release new [Re: starhacker]
      #6052611 - 08/29/13 01:52 PM

Here are some tests of the mount:
http://www.astronomieforum.at/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=6145
http://www.teleskop-austria.at/shop/

They sold a view of them allready months ago and I did not hear anything negative about it. The encoders are only for orientation and do not correct the PE, however I saw one and touched it and I was very impressed - for this price very interesting!

CS

Edited by the_lizardking (08/29/13 01:53 PM)


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