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dlapoint
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Reged: 08/18/03

Loc: Moncton NB Canada
What orthos are currently available?
      #5531304 - 11/20/12 11:23 PM

Are there any orthos on the market now? Or did they vanish?

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rguasto
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: dlapoint]
      #5531610 - 11/21/12 07:29 AM

Agena Astro carries both lines of ortho's that are currently produced.

http://agenaastro.com/eyepieces/1-25-eyepieces.html?ca_ep_series_bucket=330

http://agenaastro.com/eyepieces/1-25-eyepieces.html?ca_ep_series_bucket=302


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Sarkikos
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Loc: Scotophobia, Maryland, USA
Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: rguasto]
      #5531646 - 11/21/12 08:09 AM

We're still waiting for the Baader Classic Orthos. Not too bad. It's only been a year since they were announced.

Mike


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hottr6
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: dlapoint]
      #5531648 - 11/21/12 08:10 AM

Are the TMB Planetaries considered a barlowed ortho?
https://www.astronomics.com/tmb-optical-planetary-ii-series-eyepieces_c93.aspx


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Sarkikos
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: hottr6]
      #5531657 - 11/21/12 08:19 AM

According to the TMB website, the TMB Planetaries have 6 elements.

TMB Optical Planetary Type II

Abbe Orthos have 4 elements. A Barlowed ortho? I can't find a diagram showing the design of the TMBs.

Mike


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jtaylor996
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5531800 - 11/21/12 09:38 AM

Apm is doing a limited run on the TMB supermonos right now. $$, though.

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Sarkikos
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: jtaylor996]
      #5531826 - 11/21/12 09:56 AM

Supermonos are not orthos.

Mike


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moynihan
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5531910 - 11/21/12 10:39 AM

the original university optics orthos are still sold by UO

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dscarpa
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: dlapoint]
      #5531931 - 11/21/12 10:47 AM

Opt has the 25 and 18 Kasai-same as BGOs-in stock and the others on order. I would go for those over the BCO and day. David

Edited by dscarpa (11/21/12 12:22 PM)


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mgwhittle
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: dscarpa]
      #5532125 - 11/21/12 12:08 PM

The Kasai orthos are having availability problems according to another post. The KK or University Orthos seem to be having the same problem according to Kokusai Kohki's website. In fact KK website says get them NOW while you can.

I suspect in the next couple months the only orthos you can buy will be used ones in the classifieds.


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dscarpa
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: dlapoint]
      #5532148 - 11/21/12 12:21 PM

I don't like the sound of that at all! I was planning to get a 9 Kasai when they came in. David

Edited by dscarpa (11/21/12 12:22 PM)


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mgwhittle
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: dscarpa]
      #5532156 - 11/21/12 12:26 PM

David, I hope it's not true either. I was planning on buying some Kasai HC Ortho pairs for my binoviewer from Agena Astro when they got them in stock. I guess I should have gotten them from Hutech when they first came out.

Mannish from Agena sometimes posts here, maybe he can give us an idea what is going on.


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dscarpa
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: dlapoint]
      #5532170 - 11/21/12 12:32 PM

I was wrong on the Fls of the HC Kasai's avalable at OPT. It's 12 and 18 not 18 and 25. In fact there isn't a 25 and 18 is the longest FL. David

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dlapoint
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Reged: 08/18/03

Loc: Moncton NB Canada
Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: dscarpa]
      #5532507 - 11/21/12 03:38 PM

Some vendors list the volcano tops. Are these sttill in production?

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mgwhittle
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: dlapoint]
      #5532515 - 11/21/12 03:43 PM

Quote:

Some vendors list the volcano tops. Are these sttill in production?




Based on what I am reading at KK's and UO's website, there are problems with production and no guarantee that they will be available after current supplies are sold. Lets just say, if you want one, you better order one now.


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mike174
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5533184 - 11/22/12 12:11 AM

What are those problems?

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mgwhittle
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Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: mike174]
      #5533260 - 11/22/12 01:32 AM

Lack of available lens makers had been cited by both sources. IIRC, the tsunami destroyed the original suppliers in the Sendai area for the BGO/UO HD/Kasai orthos and the one guy supplying lenses for the KK/circle T orthos had either gotten too old to continue work or passed away.

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chboss
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Reged: 03/24/08

Loc: Zurich Switzerland
Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5533273 - 11/22/12 01:43 AM

And possibly other manufacturers are asking for quantities and prices that make the whole thing unrealistic.
Japan has become an expensive production country and the high Yen does not help either...

There are still the chinese orthos on the market and maybe they will be the only ones left?

best regards
Chris


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GlenM
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Reged: 05/20/07

Loc: Lancashire England
Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5533377 - 11/22/12 05:06 AM

You are right about buying while you can.

I'm sorry to say that the 6mm-7mm-9mm KK Circle-T's are now out of production. It truly is the end of an era.

We will have to see what the future holds for us.


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dlapoint
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Reged: 08/18/03

Loc: Moncton NB Canada
Re: What orthos are currently available? new [Re: GlenM]
      #5534572 - 11/22/12 10:42 PM

\\\\\\\It really bites that this happened. I have one UO hd ep and lovd it. Looks kije it will be the only one.

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