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LarryV
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Questar 50th
      #5123762 - 03/15/12 12:49 PM

Anyone know where Questar is in the model run of the 50th Anniversary?
CS, LarryV


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CoolHobieCat
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: LarryV]
      #5127051 - 03/17/12 01:18 PM

Mine was delivered about a week ago. The serial # is 199.

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LarryV
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: CoolHobieCat]
      #5127104 - 03/17/12 01:50 PM

Thanks Loren. You will love your new scope- the views are stunning.
CS, Larry


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Billydee
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: LarryV]
      #5127613 - 03/17/12 08:30 PM

Larry,

I would guess that at least Serial numbers 200, 225 & 250 were sold as requested numbers. That means about 45 are left to be made.

Bill


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LarryV
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Billydee]
      #5128681 - 03/18/12 02:14 PM

Thanks Bill.
CS, Larry


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Les
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: LarryV]
      #5128815 - 03/18/12 03:32 PM

This is a question that should be directed to Questar. We can only speculate. I think the last answer I saw from a query to Jim R. was less than 2 dozen.

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Gordon Reade
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Les]
      #5666192 - 02/06/13 10:48 PM

It would be pretty neat to own the last 50th ever made.

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coz
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Gordon Reade]
      #5667185 - 02/07/13 02:24 PM

There was one for sale last month on AM. The seller mentioned that if you ordered a new one today they couldn't guarantee the 1/10 min pv. Can anyone confirm this?

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Mike E.
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: coz]
      #5667565 - 02/07/13 05:53 PM

I would contact Questar for reliable information.

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Erik Bakker
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: coz]
      #5668275 - 02/08/13 02:41 AM

Quote:

There was one for sale last month on AM. The seller mentioned that if you ordered a new one today they couldn't guarantee the 1/10 min pv






Questar has always been able to deliver this level of quality to it's customers if they so desired. In the 50th it is guaranteed and included in the price. In regular production there are quite a few this good to, though not guaranteed. For that reassurance you pay a little extra.

When I startested my Q7 it was better than 1/10th wave. The Zygo interferometer confirmed that later. I have startested older Q 3 1/2's that were of this level of quality too. They were regular production optics. Have not seen or tested recent Q 3 1/2's, so I cannot comment on those.


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coz
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Erik Bakker]
      #5668413 - 02/08/13 07:30 AM

Last year I had asked Questar about ordering a Q7 with 1/10 min optics and they said they wouldn't do it fyi.

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Erik Bakker
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: coz]
      #5668630 - 02/08/13 10:00 AM

Quote:

Last year I had asked Questar about ordering a Q7 with 1/10 min optics and they said they wouldn't do it fyi.




Thanks for the update. In that case one might choose to buy used and startest before finalizing the deal.


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Gordon Reade
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Erik Bakker]
      #6131407 - 10/11/13 03:31 PM

Bump.

How many Q 50th are left? Does anyone know?


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Les
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: coz]
      #6131602 - 10/11/13 05:13 PM

Quote:

Last year I had asked Questar about ordering a Q7 with 1/10 min optics and they said they wouldn't do it fyi.




Well that would be a departure from previous years. When I purchased my Astro 7 from C7, I was told that they could write a contract for a specified PV error - for extra $$. Standard offering is "diffraction limited" i.e. 1/4 wave (all four surfaces), though placard in C7 museum stated that many exceed this. The expectation for a standard 3.5Q is 1/8 wave but I don't know if that is still guaranteed.


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JMKarian
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Les]
      #6131835 - 10/11/13 07:39 PM

Q 50 #222 delivered in June from Company Seven.
I did not request any special number


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Billydee
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: JMKarian]
      #6132037 - 10/11/13 09:39 PM

Gordon made the comment about it would be neat to get the last one produced. The problem is that serial number 250 was sold in the first year on a special request for that serial number, so the last one might be SN 249. JM's serial number would mean around 27 might still be available. The first 50th came out in 2001 and that makes them sell at about 18 per year (with many selling in the first 5 years). I would say that all 250 will probably sell out in about another 2 years. Then it will be ready for a 75th model.

JM, you got a great number (remember the TV show Room 222).

Bill

Edited by Billydee (10/11/13 09:41 PM)


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starboy1954
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Billydee]
      #6132821 - 10/12/13 11:10 AM

I got my 50th a couple of months ago and the sequential serial number was 50244.

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Billydee
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: starboy1954]
      #6133785 - 10/12/13 08:17 PM

on 3/2012 SN 199 was delivered

on 3/2012 Jim R at Questar estimated 2 dozen left

on 6/2013 SN 222 was delivered through Company 7

on 8/2013 SN 244 was delivered

Your guess is as good as it gets unless you call Questar.

Bill


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coz
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Billydee]
      #6134358 - 10/13/13 06:09 AM

seems like it's close. I'm glad that they'll sell out before the 75th anniv!

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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: coz]
      #6135907 - 10/13/13 09:44 PM

I've always wondered why the have not issued an anniversary
duplex?

Bill


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ianatcn
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Billydee]
      #6136367 - 10/14/13 07:15 AM

Quote:

I've always wondered why the have not issued an anniversary
duplex?




Now there is an idea for the 75th anniversary model. I was hoping that they might bring out a special limited edition Q7


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munirocks
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: LarryV]
      #6150338 - 10/21/13 06:14 PM

On 10/10/2013 Questar (the company) told me there were less than half a dozen left. I put my order in the next day. If you're thinking of getting one, I wouldn't leave it too long.

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coz
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: munirocks]
      #6150476 - 10/21/13 07:43 PM

Hi munirocks, that's great congrats! How long do you think it will take to get built? Enjoy, it's been my most used scope very enjoyable.

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munirocks
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: coz]
      #6151112 - 10/22/13 05:40 AM

Questar quoted 2 months, Company 7 quoted 3 months. Questar said they were happy for me to buy from either place. I ended up going with Company 7 as they also inspect and measure the scope optics and mechanics (possibly why they quoted a longer lead time, and another set of eyes never hurts) and offer many other full-service niceties like eyepiece swap, free one-day training course, storage until you can pick it up locally if you want, and they're near Washington DC which is easy to get to from the UK.

I am so looking forward to this scope, in so many ways. I only started looking for a proper scope about a month ago as a treat for myself after a rough year.
Then I thought, "What about a Questar?" as I'd always loved the form factor and the finish. When I found out that the Questar wasn't just a pretty face, that the mechanics and optics are second to none, and they were still making a limited edition model that had all the options I wanted as standard, I pounced.

I won't have the scope for several months, and yet it feels good already! As for the cost, my wife said that if she knew it was going to cheer me up this much we should've bought one a long time ago! With my new-found optimism, I'm sure she means that in the nicest possible way.


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coz
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: munirocks]
      #6151129 - 10/22/13 06:13 AM

Very nice. I ordered through C7 too. He is very thorough. Hope the wait is quick!

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JMKarian
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: coz]
      #6151600 - 10/22/13 12:23 PM

My #222 from Company 7 arrived over the summer. I was very happy with the scope and all the goodies that came with it. It is truly a work of art. Enjoy!

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JMKarian
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: JMKarian]
      #6151610 - 10/22/13 12:30 PM Attachment (37 downloads)

The astronomical highlight of this past summer . . .

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Les
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: munirocks]
      #6155187 - 10/24/13 10:19 AM

Quote:

I ended up going with Company 7 as they also inspect and measure the scope optics and mechanics (possibly why they quoted a longer lead time, and another set of eyes never hurts) and offer many other full-service niceties like eyepiece swap, free one-day training course, storage until you can pick it up locally if you want, and they're near Washington DC which is easy to get to from the UK.




I can't emphasize this enough. Company 7 inspects the scope with you present (if you pick it up at their shop). Dr. Cohen found issues with the fit of my eyepieces. This check was not on the factory check list. He called immediately Questar to complain and a new eyepiece was overnighted to the store. You get service all for the same factory price.


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coz
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: Les]
      #6647875 - 07/22/14 08:49 PM

Hearing on the yahoo forum that the Q50 is sold out. Has anyone heard that? regards

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Billydee
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Re: Questar 50th new [Re: coz]
      #6649552 - 07/23/14 08:19 PM

coz,

on 3/2012 SN 199 was delivered

on 3/2012 Jim R at Questar estimated 2 dozen left

on 6/2013 SN 222 was delivered through Company 7

on 8/2013 SN 244 was delivered

On 10/10/2013 Questar said less than 12 remained

Your guess is as good as it gets unless you call Questar. I have heard that more than one person has been told there are no 50 ths available. There are still a number of non-delivered ones waiting for the PGII to be provided (possibly being supplied with a new PGIII when available). That means if one of the pending 50ths customers canceled it might become available.

Bill


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