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#101 oldthor

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 10:36 AM

Wow! And I thought junk mail was slow, Maybe they had to order the truck from China?



#102 Agatha

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 12:05 PM

I am enjoying this thread.   grin.gif


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#103 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 12:11 PM

I am enjoying this thread.   grin.gif

 

Especially now that the Packers won....

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 01:31 PM

Especially now that the Packers won....

 

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Enjoying it with a scotch.



#105 Wildetelescope

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 01:53 PM

Especially now that the Packers won....

 

Jon

I am worse than my kids when it comes to waiting for presents:-)   Taking great self restraint to keep from pestering Pete at Astronomics with yet another emailbounce.gif.   They have been very responsive and gracious, given that this is something over which they have absolutely no control.   This (the 80 mm Triplet) will be the first scope I have purchased new in a very long time.  I am interested in seeing how it performs. 

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 03:55 PM

Truck will be here in 30 minutes.  I will start unloading and going over everything.  Scopes will start shipping tomorrow.  Thank you for your patience.


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 09:46 AM

Truck will be here in 30 minutes.  

... and nobody will be more relieved about that than Mike.

He probably drove out to meet the truck and escort it in. lol.gif


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#108 Wildetelescope

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 10:28 AM

Truck will be here in 30 minutes.  I will start unloading and going over everything.  Scopes will start shipping tomorrow.  Thank you for your patience.

Thank you Michael for your patience and kindness in providing all of us with updates.   Your people have all been very gracious!  Looking forward to playing with the new gear.

Regards,

 

JMD


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:15 PM

Was considering an AT-130 refractor but have some concerns about pre ordering for the shipment that is due in April.

Will April really mean July or August ?


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:35 PM

Was considering an AT-130 refractor but have some concerns about pre ordering for the shipment that is due in April.

Will April really mean July or August ?

The last shipment got hit with a snag on the production by the company and large orders trying to beat tariff hikes.  That shipment came through during the busiest time at the LAX port due to Christmas plus tariff hikes.  I don't expect the next scheduled shipment to hit either of those snags.  They should ship in Mid April and Arrive in Mid May.


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 01:01 PM

The last shipment got hit with a snag on the production by the company and large orders trying to beat tariff hikes.  That shipment came through during the busiest time at the LAX port due to Christmas plus tariff hikes.  I don't expect the next scheduled shipment to hit either of those snags.  They should ship in Mid April and Arrive in Mid May.

Good to know.

Thanks.



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Posted 14 January 2020 - 01:09 PM

Good to know.

Thanks.

That being said, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray"

 

So, fingers crossed.  lol


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:07 PM

WOO HOO! elephant.gif gnome.gif  Talked to Pete and upgraded my delivery method:-)  Should be here in a day or so.  Now if the weather will cooperatepraying.gif .....

 

Cheers! 

 

JMD


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:26 PM

I got an email today saying my scope will be shipped today, and is expected to arrive Thursday.  YAAY!


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:21 PM

I got an email today saying my scope will be shipped today, and is expected to arrive Thursday.  YAAY!

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 09:09 PM

OK, guys we want to see lots of pictures of your new scopes when you receive them.....


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 02:39 PM

Anyone actually get one yet?



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Posted 16 January 2020 - 05:51 PM

Not the 80, but my AT72EDII arrived this morning. This will be my grab and go AP gear:

Pentax K3II + AT72EDII + Skyguider Pro

 

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Total weight of the camera+grip, scope, rings, bar, and counterweight is 9.5 lbs. I have the WO equatorial base and declination kit. I especially like the declination kit. There are set screws on the circular part that rotates around the dec axis. These stabilize everything so there is no wobble when the lock screw is loosened. However, there is not enough clearance above the top of the mount body for full rotation, so I had to add risers between the dec fitting and the dovetail. Also, the DSLR and battery grip make this back-heavy so I had to use a longer dovetail bar and added a small counterweight at the end so I could put the center of gravity directly above the dec axis. The FF/FR for this scope is still back-ordered so I'm using the TV-85 FF/FR here. I don't know yet how well that will work. Weather is lousy today but Saturday's forecast is promising.

 

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 10:21 PM

I got mine today.  I haven't had it outside yet, but here is my first impression after handling it for a few minutes.  The focusing mechanism is excellent, for any price point.  Both the coarse and fine focus are very smooth, with no slack in either direction.  The focuser has a substantial "weight" as you use it too, making it feel like a premium telescope.  The fit and finish, everywhere you look and touch, is extremely good.

 

This does NOT appear to be a $400 telescope, more like one costing two or three times that.  If the optics are as good as the rest of it, this will be an outstanding bargain in my opinion.

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 10:23 PM

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 01:01 AM

I am worse than my kids when it comes to waiting for presents:-)   Taking great self restraint to keep from pestering Pete at Astronomics with yet another emailbounce.gif.   They have been very responsive and gracious, given that this is something over which they have absolutely no control.   This (the 80 mm Triplet) will be the first scope I have purchased new in a very long time.  I am interested in seeing how it performs. 

 

JMD   

Patience is a virtue!lol.gif


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Posted 17 January 2020 - 10:54 AM

Was considering an AT-130 refractor but have some concerns about pre ordering for the shipment that is due in April.

Will April really mean July or August ?

Just a heads up, we have one left that someone cancelled on.  The inventory has been updated online if the scope is of any interest to you still.



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Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:13 PM

Patience is a virtue!lol.gif

That has certainly proven true!! waytogo.gif   Very pleased with my triplet version.  These scopes are a quality product.  

 

Jmd 



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Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:29 PM

I got mine today.  I haven't had it outside yet, but here is my first impression after handling it for a few minutes.  The focusing mechanism is excellent, for any price point.  Both the coarse and fine focus are very smooth, with no slack in either direction.  The focuser has a substantial "weight" as you use it too, making it feel like a premium telescope.  The fit and finish, everywhere you look and touch, is extremely good.

 

This does NOT appear to be a $400 telescope, more like one costing two or three times that.  If the optics are as good as the rest of it, this will be an outstanding bargain in my opinion.

  Astronomics really has put together a quality package with these scopes.   It is easy to forget that a scope is more than the optics, and the quality of the rest of the components can have a huge impact on the viewing experience.  It is clear that astronomics has put careful thought into the specs for these scopes.  

 

Jmd 


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#125 stevew

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 04:09 PM

Just out of curiosity why did people choose the AT80 over the AT102?




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