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New A-P Stowaway First-lights, Reviews, and Shootouts

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#1 LMO

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 06:07 PM

It would be an understatement to say that interest in the new Astro-Physics 92mm Stowaway has been high.  The CN thread, 'The New AP Stowaway is Coming Along,'
<https://www.cloudyni...#entry8814366>,

with over 800 posts, has been both an entertaining and informative one on the topic, as have some other threads with descriptions or speculations about its design and marketing.  But now that the  Stowaway has actually arrived, and early shipments delivered to several lucky purchasers, it seems time for a new thread devoted to reports of the scope's performance.

 

I would be very interested in such reports and suppose that many others would also be.  It would be convenient to have them collected in a single thread.  So, at the risk of being accused of launching 'yet another Stowaway thread,'  I'm starting this one hoping it might serve specifically as a location for performance reports.

 

(One welcome first-light report has already been provided by 'George9' as post #793 in the '...Coming Along' thread mentioned above.  Moderator permitting, it might be re-posted here as a start.)

 

    Larry


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 07:14 PM

My Stowaway is supposed to be delivered this month or more precisely mid December according to Paige. I hope to be able to contribute to the thread however I don't have any other premium scopes to directly compare to. I presently have an AT 102 ED f/7 and a AT 72 EDII with FPL 53 glass. I have owned other high end scopes in the past though including a Traveler, 130 GT, AP 140, Questar with BB coatings and a AT 111 so know what to look for. The Traveler was the only one of the bunch I really regret parting with but getting this new Stowaway will make things all better again. 


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 01:12 AM

OK, that's it! I caved and sent an email to AP asking when mine is to be delivered :)



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 02:04 PM

Given Australia's new crackdown on the 15-lb carry-on weight limit, can someone weigh the Stowaway with the case?

 

Thanks!

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 02:33 PM

Although it may sound limiting at first, a 15 lb carry-on weight limit means it will be a very manageable package to carry across a big airport wink.gif


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Posted 12 December 2018 - 06:33 PM

17.2 pounds with scope, cap, rings, bar, RC4 quick release (couple extra ounces), case, little extra styrofoam. You can calculate it from the exact weights in the other thread plus the case weight (7.6 lbs). Take off the rings, bar, and and metal caps (use plastic) you are just under. Here are the weights.

 

George

 

Tube without focuser or rings or cap 4 lbs 0.8 oz
Focuser without 1.25" adapter 3 lbs 1.6 oz
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Tube with focuser, but no cap or 1.25" adapter 7 lbs 2.4 oz

Dust cap (metal) 3.5 oz
1.25" adapter 4.9 oz
Rings and bar 1 lbs 6.2 oz.


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Posted 12 December 2018 - 08:53 PM

17.2 pounds with scope, cap, rings, bar, RC4 quick release (couple extra ounces), case, little extra styrofoam. You can calculate it from the exact weights in the other thread plus the case weight (7.6 lbs). Take off the rings, bar, and and metal caps (use plastic) you are just under. Here are the weights.

 

George

 

Tube without focuser or rings or cap 4 lbs 0.8 oz
Focuser without 1.25" adapter 3 lbs 1.6 oz
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Tube with focuser, but no cap or 1.25" adapter 7 lbs 2.4 oz

Dust cap (metal) 3.5 oz
1.25" adapter 4.9 oz
Rings and bar 1 lbs 6.2 oz.

 

Thanks George!



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 04:35 PM

The long and interesting CN thread 'The New AP Stowaway is Coming Along'
<https://www.cloudyni...g/#entry8814366> has been locked.  It was originally opened to report on progress in manufacture of this highly anticipated new Astro-Physics model, but the thread had grown to incorporate early reports from those receiving some of the first batch.

 

Many would likely still appreciate more, and more thorough, reports on performance of the scope.   I had opened the present thread as a location for such reports, with a title signifying that.  In the absence of the '...Coming Along' thread, I offer this one again, inviting performance reports from lucky new owners.

 

    Larry


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 02:13 PM

The field flattener arrived today. 92/105 -- does this mean it will work on the Traveler?

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 03:38 PM

Anybody from the new list get the call yet?

 

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 03:46 PM

The field flattener arrived today. 92/105 -- does this mean it will work on the Traveler?

 

According to the Astro-Physics web site, yes. 



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:14 PM

>>The field flattener arrived today. 92/105 -- does this mean it will work on the Traveler?<<

 

According to the Astro-Physics web site, yes. 

Sweet!



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 05:55 PM

Anybody from the new list get the call yet?

 

CM

I got the call from CFF on my f/6.9 92mm!  Does that count?  It is actually related to Astro-physics and Roland.  Many years ago at NEAF I signed up for a GT130.  I looked at Roland and said "Now what do I do?"  He said, "Go out and buy another refractor!"  So I did!  The FS128!  what a peach.   And many years later, I got the call for my very own brand new GT130.

 

So this time around I didn't even ask.  I signed up for the Astro-physics new Stowaway last spring during NEAF and then immediately sent a deposit to CFF.   So when the news was put out of "the old list we have to use first" I didn't bat an eye because my back up plan was already in effect.  smile.gif    Looks like the CFF will be here first.  I'm not sure I will be keen on selling it when/if my name comes up at AP.  It has many of the aspects of a keeper.  (But there's no law against having two 92 mms).

 

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 06:14 PM

I was very early on the new list and put my deposit down almost a month ago. Today AP called and said my scope was ready to ship and made final payment so I should hopefully have the scope sometime next week!


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 06:20 PM

Moshen, IIRC your Stowaway is being delivered from the later part of the first production run.

 

Those of us on the April 2018 list below your name are still awaiting notifications, presumably from the next run this year. That is unless Roland releases any other units that may be left from the first run.



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 09:44 PM

I learn that Ed Ting has posted a review of the new A-P Stowaway, and am surprised to be the first one to post a link.  Looks like a dynamite scope.  


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 10:45 PM

I learn that Ed Ting has posted a review of the new A-P Stowaway, and am surprised to be the first one to post a link.  Looks like a dynamite scope.  

Announced in post 1132 and linked in 1133   1/20/19 ( The New Stowaway is Coming thread.)

 

           

           It is a dynamite scope, I love mine! 


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:00 PM

Must be a nice museum to visit, Ed’s place :-)


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:14 PM

I was very early on the new list and put my deposit down almost a month ago. Today AP called and said my scope was ready to ship and made final payment so I should hopefully have the scope sometime next week!

Thanks. I signed up one hour and twenty minutes after the new list opened. Got a couple of nice scopes to see me through the wait. Hopefully sometime this year....

 

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 01:12 PM

According to the Astro-Physics web site, yes. 

The Stowaway  has a 2.5" focuser, the Traveler 2.7", hasnt it? So how to use this one on a 2.7" focuser?


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 01:45 PM

Via the EC2725 adapter AP sells

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 06:40 PM

I learn that Ed Ting has posted a review of the new A-P Stowaway, and am surprised to be the first one to post a link.  Looks like a dynamite scope.  

Thanks for sharing that nice review! :waytogo:


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 07:53 PM

Question...

 

If one's name floats up on the list does A-P call *and* send an email? Email I will get but the phone call can be easily missed and no voice mail here.

 

 

Thanks...



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 08:08 PM

They used to email and snail mail notify.
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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:44 PM

Question...

 

If one's name floats up on the list does A-P call *and* send an email? Email I will get but the phone call can be easily missed and no voice mail here.

 

 

Thanks...

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