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AT16RC Coming this summer new
      #5830739 - 04/29/13 05:15 PM

As long as everything goes as planned the 16" Truss System RC should be available this summer. $6995 is a steal for a scope of this size and quality.

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5830847 - 04/29/13 06:13 PM

Pictures?

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: guyroch]
      #5830863 - 04/29/13 06:22 PM

No pictures. The drawings that are out have been around for about a year or so.

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5831185 - 04/29/13 09:54 PM

What ever happened to the other QUAD scopes?

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: zerro1]
      #5831312 - 04/29/13 11:09 PM

The 110 double double didn't work as it should have. It just couldn't stay square for some odd reason. We passed on the 100mm model our current manufacturer of the 65 offered us in October and again in January. I just didn't feel, no matter how good it will be, the retail price point of around $4000 was a place I wanted to go. It also seemed like a large leap over the current price of the 65. We have thought about an 85 Quad, but that price point may not be a wise choice from our initial conversations. My current thought is to take the TMB 92 design we own, as we paid a large sum of money for it, and talk to Roger Ceragioli about adding a built flattener and calling in an AT92EDQ. This would be an easy design to do as we already paid for the master blanks on the telescope and it is a proven performer. I would hope this would keep the cost lower as we would go to a 90mm tube and a 2.5" Feathertouch focuser. Reducing cost and losing some weight. The money saved could be placed in the flattener and help keep the cost around the current $2000 price point fingers crossed.

Edited by Astronomics (04/29/13 11:27 PM)


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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5831346 - 04/29/13 11:28 PM

An AT92EDQ... oh my...

My two AT65EDQ may not be orphans forever then

Guylain


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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: guyroch]
      #5831867 - 04/30/13 09:48 AM

We will see how it comes together. It is easier to say it can be done then possibly make it. It seems like the logical direction since proof of concept on the lens has been done already.

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5832191 - 04/30/13 12:32 PM

Mike, I am extremely happy with the 92SS i have purchased from you 2 years ago. What you are planning to do is a very good move indeed. My TMB92SS easily competes with my FSQ106 on color correction and snapping to focus etc. If you develop a flattener for this scope it will be a killer setup i am sure.

Sorry to hear that 110EDQ didn't make it to the market. Appreciated your help re this scope.


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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5832345 - 04/30/13 01:30 PM

No problem. Thank you for your patience with the scope. Sometimes things don't work out as well as one would hope.

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5832965 - 04/30/13 06:38 PM

Any links to said drawings?

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5832968 - 04/30/13 06:39 PM

Speaking of refractors, I noticed that the Astro-Tech AT106 & AT90EDT FPL-53 triplets are no longer listed for sale on the Astronomics web site, but are still listed on the Astro-Tech web site as well as on several dealers web sites (such as OPT).

Are these scopes being discontinued? I have been saving my pennies for any FPL-53 triplet with at least a 600mm f/l for a price less than $2000, and these two scopes were really the only options I could find. The TMB-92 is to short a focal length for me, and the AT130 and TMB130 (and the Tak TSA-102) are out of my present budget range.


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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: gmartin02]
      #5832977 - 04/30/13 06:47 PM

Drawings are simply CADs and we want the real thing.

We have a 106 here that was a return as they wanted something smaller. The 90EDT is currently on hiatus.


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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5833000 - 04/30/13 06:55 PM

Mike,

How about an AT130EDQ?


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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: fetoma]
      #5833091 - 04/30/13 07:49 PM

To expensive. Hard to justify the yearly production. I would guess it would be at least $6000. The scope would need to be f/6 or faster and that is getting harder and harder to make.

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5833876 - 05/01/13 09:07 AM

Can you tell us when can we expect to see AT130s (ED triplets) available again, i.e., in stock? Thanks!

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: belgrade]
      #5836917 - 05/02/13 06:29 PM

Not currently. We had an issue with a 2nd lens manufacturer. They couldn't deliver or meet the original spec. So off we go again.

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5849069 - 05/08/13 11:25 PM

I'm excited! Hopefully this baby will be light enough to fit on an MX, but I'm probably dreaming. Can't afford a new mount and OTA .

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5852136 - 05/10/13 02:30 PM

Quote:

To expensive. Hard to justify the yearly production. I would guess it would be at least $6000. The scope would need to be f/6 or faster and that is getting harder and harder to make.




Seriously? The AT130EDT f/6 is $2995. At least $3000 more to add a field flattener?


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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer new [Re: rflinn68]
      #5852409 - 05/10/13 05:54 PM

It would as it requires a different tube, new focuser adds roughly $800 to the cost alone, plus you are talking about a 3.5" wide flattener of some unknown glass type. A scope of that size with the glass requirements would be extremely expensive to make and smaller batch runs means much higher cost.

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Re: AT16RC Coming this summer [Re: Astronomics]
      #5852440 - 05/10/13 06:10 PM

Plus you have to pay an optical designer to design a flattener specifically to match the existing optical formula of the triplet objective. That might require a doublet flattener rather than the singlet lens used in AT65EDQ. The 65EDQ was designed as a quad system from the git-go, a simpler task than designing and retrofitting an integral flattener to an existing lens.

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