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RodgerHouTex
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Reged: 06/02/09

Loc: Houston, Texas, USA
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: M13 Observer]
      #5786852 - 04/08/13 09:04 PM

I called AP and they have began notifying folks that ordered in 2003.

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hfjacinto
I think he's got it!
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Reged: 01/12/09

Loc: Land of clouds and LP
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: RodgerHouTex]
      #5786857 - 04/08/13 09:06 PM

I am on the waiting list at both AP and Company 7, if called I am planning on what to sell to get the scope.

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Starhawk
Space Ranger
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: zawijava]
      #5786867 - 04/08/13 09:10 PM

You're going to love the scope. I had mine out this weekend and was looking at the trapezium. The four brightest stars were pretty obvious, but also left nice, dark and clear areas around them so I went looking for E, which was pretty easy. So then I went looking for F, and there it was, not as a pinpoint, but the point of a tiny sharp needle. Wow that was amazing.

BTW, I have talked to Roland about these a few times over the last couple years. Apparently he plans to keep them in near continuous production as long as he can.

Tips for the expecting AP130 EDFGT notified:

(A) Plan on a C11 showing up- that's what you need in mount space both size and mass wise for planning purposes. You'll understand the first time you get it out of the box.

(B) Expect massive intimidation factor on arrival. It's just the way it is. Take it slow- you'll survive better.

(C) Be ready with a 3mm eyepiece with decent quality. You'll need it.

(D) Look at objects you think you've done to death. I look at the moon a lot with mine and regularly see things I didn't suspect.

(E) Yes, it smells unusual. Yes, it will still smell like that a year later.

Best wishes,

-Rich


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zawijava
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 10/06/07

Loc: Wells, Maine 04090
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5787081 - 04/08/13 10:46 PM

It will be a joy to use! Thanks for the tips, though I can only concur on C, D and E. -Tim

Quote:

You're going to love the scope. Tips for the expecting AP130 EDFGT notified:

(A) Plan on a C11 showing up- that's what you need in mount space both size and mass wise for planning purposes. You'll understand the first time you get it out of the box.

(B) Expect massive intimidation factor on arrival. It's just the way it is. Take it slow- you'll survive better.

(C) Be ready with a 3mm eyepiece with decent quality. You'll need it.

(D) Look at objects you think you've done to death. I look at the moon a lot with mine and regularly see things I didn't suspect.

(E) Yes, it smells unusual. Yes, it will still smell like that a year later.

Best wishes,

-Rich




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ManuelJ
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Reged: 12/19/05

Loc: Madrid, Spain
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: zawijava]
      #5787353 - 04/09/13 04:23 AM

If the notification list is since 2003, why C7 are accepting orders?. So puzzling!.

Regards,
Manuel.


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Starhawk
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: ManuelJ]
      #5787608 - 04/09/13 08:54 AM

C7 has regularly placed orders all along, so they have a second waiting list based on when they will get scopes.

-Rich


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gillmj24
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Reged: 12/06/05

Loc: PA
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5787633 - 04/09/13 09:08 AM

To my knowledge they wont accept orders in off the street for an AP scope. You had to be a long time customer and have bought something from them when I was a 6 year old.

Blame the astromart flippers for that.


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ManuelJ
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Reged: 12/19/05

Loc: Madrid, Spain
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: gillmj24]
      #5787871 - 04/09/13 11:38 AM

Nice, then I'm not from the club. I'm just another guy with a clear problem with telescopes

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M13 Observer
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Reged: 12/09/06

Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: ManuelJ]
      #5788967 - 04/09/13 07:17 PM

Quote:

Nice, then I'm not from the club. I'm just another guy with a clear problem with telescopes




Well, you can always e-mail Company 7 and ask to be put on the list. Can't hurt.


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Paul Hyndman
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Reged: 07/13/04

Loc: Connecticut Shoreline USA
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: M13 Observer]
      #5789221 - 04/09/13 09:57 PM

I received notification last week but passed on this one, as my current astro-arsenal already suits my needs/wants.

Bon appétit to next in line!

Paul


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Starhawk
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: Paul Hyndman]
      #5790013 - 04/10/13 10:56 AM

That was a good deed, indeed.

-Rich


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johnnyha
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Reged: 11/12/06

Loc: Sherman Oaks, CA
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: gillmj24]
      #5811526 - 04/20/13 06:45 PM

Quote:

Blame the astromart flippers for that.



Hmm. Someone is trying to auction off their place on the waiting list from 2008 on the other site with a $750 "Buy It Now" price.

I know this is discouraged by AP ("...we don’t want to encourage people to "sell" their positions on the list"), but in fact is it even possible? I doubt AP will exchange the names on the list and I don't think this run will reach 2008.


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FaronD
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Reged: 03/25/10

Loc: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: RodgerHouTex]
      #5811659 - 04/20/13 08:00 PM

I put my name on the list a year or so ago, I probably won't receive a Roland figured model. I'm confident it will be a great performer but will it have the same prestige?? It's the only scope I would replace my Tak with.

Faron


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poorman
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Reged: 10/08/03

Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5822304 - 04/25/13 02:24 PM

Quote:



(E) Yes, it smells unusual. Yes, it will still smell like that a year later.






Received my notification as well.
List entry date 9/03, at AP.

Thought about passing on it, but now I feel the need to purchase it just to smell it.


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LLEEGE
True Blue
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Reged: 03/03/05

Loc: Cloud-chester,NY
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: FaronD]
      #5822330 - 04/25/13 02:36 PM

Quote:

I put my name on the list a year or so ago, I probably won't receive a Roland figured model. I'm confident it will be a great performer but will it have the same prestige?? It's the only scope I would replace my Tak with.

Faron


When Roland retires, AP will be a mount company only. There is no heir apparent to take over the glass grinding that I am aware of.

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Starhawk
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #5822602 - 04/25/13 04:58 PM

I talked to Roland about this. He's already as retired as he wants to be. He said he stays up to 10-11 out in the shop and then has about 2 weeks vacation. He said his issue has been what optickers are like in general:

-They have independent capability since it is work you really have to do alone.

-They all have their own interests (maybe or maybe not interested in amateur telescopes).

-They are full up with whatever it is they want to do- no lack of demand.

So, in the end, he just shrugged as to whether any of the ones he has talked to will ultimately be interested in doing this. As for himself he said he planned to keep going until one day he falls over (he made a gesture of his hand falling over and made a little sound of it landing).

-Rich


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RAKing
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Reged: 12/28/07

Loc: West of the D.C. Nebula
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5822657 - 04/25/13 05:19 PM

That is great news, Rich.

If Roland and I both live long enough, my name will eventually bubble up to the top of the list!

Cheers,

Ron


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Rinaldo
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Reged: 06/28/04

Loc: Lawng-eye-lind - New York, USA
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5827313 - 04/27/13 08:51 PM

Quote:

...(E) Yes, it smells unusual. Yes, it will still smell like that a year later...




If only I read this before NEAF, I might've hung around the AP booth for a while to see if I could catch people trying to take a whiff.

On that note, I love that new binocular smell!


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Spyke
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 07/22/03

Loc: Scotland
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! new [Re: Rinaldo]
      #5828266 - 04/28/13 12:42 PM

Gosh. I'd forgotten I was on that list! 2008 I registered...
Thanks for bringing the topic up!

Ant


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Zoomit
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Reged: 12/04/06

Loc: Tehachapi, CA
Re: AP 130EDF Gran tourismo Notifications have begun! [Re: Spyke]
      #5869278 - 05/18/13 12:56 PM

For those keeping track, I just got notified as well. I got on the list in March 2004.

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