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Bill McNeal
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Astro Physics Future
      #6073107 - 09/10/13 12:06 PM

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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t.r.
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Bill McNeal]
      #6073115 - 09/10/13 12:14 PM

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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orlyandico
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: t.r.]
      #6073182 - 09/10/13 12:49 PM

the mounts are machined on a CNC machine, and the head mount engineer is Howard.

the scopes have such a long waiting time because Roland does the final figuring of every optic himself. This is not true of the mounts, which a computer can turn out very well with minimal manual intervention.


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Calypte
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: orlyandico]
      #6073667 - 09/10/13 06:06 PM

Quote:

Someone in another thread said Roland of AP is of advancing age.



My brief research indicates that Roland is 69. But he's not infirm or decrepit. Mounts should be no problem. My Mach1 took 8 mos. from going on the list to delivery. OTOH, I'm 68, and if I put my name on a scope list right now, there's a question of whether Roland or I will be first to bite the big one before the scope is delivered. 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.


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wormstar
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Calypte]
      #6073706 - 09/10/13 06:35 PM

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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Mkofski
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: wormstar]
      #6073709 - 09/10/13 06:39 PM

Quote:

My great-grandmother was 105 when she check out, she was pretty health right up to 100. 69 is the new 40.




As a 66 year old, that's great news!


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Orion58
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Calypte]
      #6073897 - 09/10/13 08:37 PM

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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.




How true...


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rimcrazy
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Bill McNeal]
      #6074033 - 09/10/13 10:14 PM

My new AP1600GTO is being delivered Monday.

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rigel123
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #6074099 - 09/10/13 10:52 PM

Quote:

My new AP1600GTO is being delivered Monday.




Now that is exciting!


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PGW Steve
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #6074263 - 09/11/13 12:56 AM

Quote:

My new AP1600GTO is being delivered Monday.




I hope to be saying that soon too!!! I ordered mine with the low temp absolute encoders on both axis.


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rimcrazy
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: rigel123]
      #6074461 - 09/11/13 06:43 AM

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.


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LLEEGE
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #6074545 - 09/11/13 08:12 AM

Their customer service is out of this world so when he does move on, you'll still be able to reach him.

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Norm Meyer
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #6074589 - 09/11/13 08:49 AM

Boy, I can't imagine having to wait 10 years for a scope. I
waited 2years for my D&G and that was excruciating. How
many scopes does AP produce every year?

Norm


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Starhawk
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Norm Meyer]
      #6074655 - 09/11/13 09:34 AM

About 100 of the AP 130 EDFGT. It isn't lack of production; it's the demand which is the problem. The AP 130 EDFGT entered production years later than the NP 127, but there are over twice as many in the wild.

-Rich


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crow
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6074933 - 09/11/13 11:50 AM

68 is not old, get in there.....

I think Roland will be going strong for while yet, enjoying what he does. He also may have been training an apprentice in secret who knows.

Ten years is a long time to wait though, I'd go for a tec140 over the ap130

I emailed about a mach 1, seems there is a bit of a wait right now due to all the work going into new mount manufacture etc, but there is a list and I was told late winter/early spring. I haven't put my name down yet, might look at something I can get right away.


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orlyandico
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: crow]
      #6075016 - 09/11/13 12:42 PM

crow.. like the PMX on a-mart right now?

often a wsnted ad will shake a mach1 (or three) out of the tree. it's what i did.


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WesC
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #6075092 - 09/11/13 01:22 PM

Quote:

My new AP1600GTO is being delivered Monday.




Congrats you lucky dog!


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RAKing
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Bill McNeal]
      #6075147 - 09/11/13 01:49 PM

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.




I waited 18 months for my Mach 1 -- but that was over four years ago.

Since then, A-P has ramped up mount production significantly. They have some darned good machinists working there and you shouldn't worry about Roland retiring -- the CNC and machinists can do the job for him. With the current production, you shouldn't have to wait very long at all. If they are sold out of the current run, they will start a new run shortly. Figure six months to a year max.

BTW - I did a lot of research before I ordered my Mach 1 and it has been everything I ever hoped it would be.

I am 66 and plan to retire next year. I plan to keep my Mach 1 for the rest of my life. It can carry every scope I can even dream of hauling around.

My suggestion to you is to pick up the phone right now and give them a call. The first thing you will notice is a very pleasant person answering the phone. The second thing you will notice is how willing they are to help you out. A-P is the King of Customer Service!

Enjoy your new mount!

Ron


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Stelios
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: crow]
      #6075247 - 09/11/13 02:31 PM

Quote:

Ten years is a long time to wait though, I'd go for a tec140 over the ap130





Hmm... How old is Yuri? He's no spring chicken either.

We may be living in the "golden age" of refractors.


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crow
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Re: Astro Physics Future [Re: orlyandico]
      #6075319 - 09/11/13 02:56 PM

PMX would be nice, pretty heavy and you need a pc I believe? I'm a hand controller kind of guy.

I'm getting into binoviewing and that has thrown a spanner in the works. I'm thinking about a quality alt-az. I'd love a mach 1 though, an all time classic.

Good idea on the wanted ad, thx, I might just do that.


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