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wormstar
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: crow]
      #6075402 - 09/11/13 03:44 PM

There is a Mach 1 on Astromart now

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Jeff Morgan
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: t.r.]
      #6075468 - 09/11/13 04:17 PM

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I don't think you have to worry about the mounts being produced and available after Roland is gone...but, as for the scopes...




The big issue will be business succession plans. If they are profitable, chances are there is a plan for someone to carry it forward. Family, investors, whoever. In that case machining talent is still out there to be had, especially in the Rust Belt. No problems there.

As to the optical side of the business .... no Apprentice has ever been publicly discussed that I know of. That doesn't mean there is not one, but if there is it appears to be a pretty big secret.

Compare that to Tele Vue's Ethos Background page: "Following Tele Vue's philosophy of pushing the state of the art, long-time Tele Vue employee and optical design protégé Paul Dellechiaie took up the challenge and designed the basic eyepiece form. Under Al's guidance, Paul tweaked his design to fulfill the original goals."

If Al Nagler accidentally steps in front of the beer truck tomorrow, it's pretty clear there will be talent on hand to continue the tradition.


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Calypte
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Jeff Morgan]
      #6075479 - 09/11/13 04:24 PM

Al Nagler passed operation of the company to his son, David. David is really the face of Tele Vue now. Al gets to bask in the adulation of his fans. I'm not so sure about Astro-Physics. If there's an heir apparent to Roland, he/she hasn't been mentioned in the A-P discussion groups. Howard Hedlund and George Whitney are also "up there" in years, so they're not likely successors. Roland has suggested several times that he will eventually retire. I suppose it all depends upon how much fun he continues to have.

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Christopher Erickson
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Calypte]
      #6076074 - 09/11/13 11:18 PM

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.


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Calypte
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Christopher Erickson]
      #6076167 - 09/12/13 12:27 AM

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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.



I don't recall reading the number of A-P employees anywhere, but I'm sure your number is good. Roland has said essentially what you've said here about the availability of mounts & scopes. He's said explicitly that he now considers himself to be a mount manufacturer, with scopes as a sideline. I'm actually a bit surprised that there are still waiting lists for mounts, since Roland has said his goal is to have them available off-the-shelf. It has happened briefly during the past two years, but he's not quite there yet. As for scopes, Roland's attitude is, if you don't want to wait 10 years, then feel free to go to other makes. I think he's weary of hearing complaints about the long waits. He has specifically endorsed TEC scopes.


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mark8888
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Calypte]
      #6076268 - 09/12/13 01:55 AM

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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.


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blueman
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: mark8888]
      #6076282 - 09/12/13 02:36 AM

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.
Blueman
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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.




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mark8888
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: blueman]
      #6076286 - 09/12/13 02:50 AM

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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.
Blueman
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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.







Thank you! Nice to hear.


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Calypte
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: mark8888]
      #6076311 - 09/12/13 03:23 AM

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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.



Roland's comment July 18, 2012 in the ap-ug group: "Yuri at TEC delivers a top notch product, second to none. If you can get one, don't hesitate."


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RAKing
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: blueman]
      #6076413 - 09/12/13 06:49 AM

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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.
Blueman
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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.







He also told me in person at NEAF that TEC scopes were just as good as his.

You might have to wait a year for one of Yuri's beauties, but that's better than 10 years.

I am quite satisfied with my TEC 140 and I'll probably keep it -- even if I get a notification from A-P...... someday.

Ron


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Jeff B
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: Calypte]
      #6076644 - 09/12/13 09:55 AM

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Roland has suggested several times that he will eventually retire. I suppose it all depends upon how much fun he continues to have.




And 25 years ago Ed Byers wrote he was going to retire. He told me personnaly two years ago he was still going to retire.

Well, we'll see.

I hope they both stick around for some time. Great people.

Jeff


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Megabusa
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Re: Astro Physics Future new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #6076669 - 09/12/13 10:06 AM

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My new AP1600GTO is being delivered Monday.




Now that is exciting!




Yep it is!... Back from the depths of telescope on the observatory floor.


WOW ! Super Hi-Tech Stuff

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