Are asrto-physics scopes worth the wait?
Posted 21 October 2003 - 07:40 PM
Posted 21 October 2003 - 11:16 PM
Since I didn't sit around waiting, no time was lost. Was it worth it? You bet.
Posted 22 October 2003 - 01:04 AM
You also need a great mount, and camera....all big ticket items, so budget accordingly. Light pollution.....I'm in the SF Bay Area - and you don't get much worse than that. The CCD does help undercome the background light....and there are some great LPR filters available. You do fine.
Posted 22 October 2003 - 07:49 AM
Posted 22 October 2003 - 09:01 AM
I'm on the wait list for a traveler, and am currently whiling my time away with a TV102 and Genesis SDF. I'm also considering the TMB 105 f6.2 LW (the only real alternative I've found for a traveler). I honestly don't know if I'll take the traveler when it comes up - Or if I'll be able to justify the price (increased as I'm sure it will be by that point).
FWIW, they say the wait time is up to 50 months on a traveler.
Posted 22 October 2003 - 10:09 AM
Posted 22 October 2003 - 10:41 AM
As far as new designs - here is what I've heard about - the first is a unit called DiscMount ( http://www.discmounts.com/ ). Tom Trusock did a review on one on Cloudy Nights just this month http://www.cloudynig...2/discmount.htm . I've also heard that Particle Wave Technologies ( http://www.pwtec.com/) is designing one. You have to contact them directly to find out where the design stands. One other option would be to find an Light Speed Wagon ( http://www.cloudynig.../lightspeed.htm ) on astromart.
Seems light Cloudy Nights has reviews on all the designs that I have heard anything about except the PWT (a fact that I realize until you asked the question). I keep being amazed at what a nice resource this site is!
Posted 22 October 2003 - 10:43 AM
Posted 22 October 2003 - 11:17 AM
Thanks for the help.
Posted 22 October 2003 - 11:31 AM
Actually I'm not too concerned whether or not the mount can handle the weight, my concern is whether or not the mount rings can handle the weight, since the scope will be held at such an angle to the mount. In other words, all the weight of the scope will be held by the side of the rings and not the base where the design would indicate the weight should be concentrated.
Shouldn't be a problem, it's no different than hanging horizontally in a EQ mount.
Posted 22 October 2003 - 11:53 AM
Posted 22 October 2003 - 07:33 PM
I don't know where you are on "The List" but this may give you an idea of how much longer you have to wait.
I've been on the Traveler list since July 1999 and I had a call from Astro-Physics last month letting me know I could have one for Dec. 03 delivery.
It seems they make extra objectives for each production run in case some don't pass muster. The un-needed ones are put into tubes and sold to those at the top of the list for the next run.
So it appears the next run will open sometime after the first of the year. Get your astro money ready.
Posted 23 October 2003 - 09:31 AM
Thanks for the info. I'm a couple of years down the line, only been waiting about 13 months so far. I think have a little while yet.
Be sure to let us know what you think of your traveler, eh?