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#226 Mauikj

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 07:42 PM

I got notified in February, jumped on it and just got notice it shipped today.  Will arrive Thursday - Woo-Hoo.  Love small refractors.  This will be my new grab and go.  I sold my very nice Explore Scientific CF 102 to help fund this and I really miss having a grab and go refractor.  

Just arrived today!  Can't wait to take it out this evening!

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 02:44 AM

So, that must be like 500 pcs of the 92mm Stowaway produced, all batched together ?



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Posted 25 July 2020 - 01:27 PM

Just arrived today!  Can't wait to take it out this evening!

Update that signature man :)

 

Congratulations...!!


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Posted 25 July 2020 - 10:17 PM

Are there any recent notifications?  Also wondering if anyone has heard if AP is planning on another run later this year.



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Posted 25 July 2020 - 11:51 PM

Are there any recent notifications?  Also wondering if anyone has heard if AP is planning on another run later this year.

I got my notification mid-afternoon last Friday, July 24.  I signed up on April 20, 2018, at 11:56 PM Central time.  The notification indicates this is part of the third run, and that the scope will be available for shipment in late July / early August.  They gave me until noon on August 7 to decide whether to confirm my order. Easy decision -- I already emailed them back and told them yes. Been on many A-P notification lists over the years, but this is the first time my name's come up.  I do have an A-P 1600GTO mount, but there was no waiting list back when I ordered that in 2014.


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 08:59 AM

 Been on many A-P notification lists over the years, but this is the first time my name's come up.  I do have an A-P 1600GTO mount, but there was no waiting list back when I ordered that in 2014.

 

That should hold it............hee hee hee


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 11:52 AM

Been on many A-P notification lists over the years, but this is the first time my name's come up. I do have an A-P 1600GTO mount, but there was no waiting list back when I ordered that in 2014.

That should hold it............hee hee hee


Yeah. The 1600 is humongous. Had to tear it down last weekend in advance of some maintenance work I’m doing in my observatory, and it was unpleasant.

I’m buying the Stowaway as a travel scope but won’t be able to make full use of it til I have a travel mount that does everything I need it to. Wish I’d scrounged up the money for a Mach 1 when they were still selling them from stock. I was on that notification list, too, before it was discontinued. It could handle everything from visual, to AP, to solar imaging, to piggybacking a modded DSLR with a fisheye lens for wide angle Milky Way photography with perfect tracking. The Mach 2 won’t be as portable.

 

Always wondering whether I need to hurry to buy gear I want before it gets discontinued or becomes rare or overpriced on the used market gets a bit old.

 

*Edit: Re-read this after posting it, and I sound like Eeyore. I'm very excited to have a new Stowaway on the way, and figuring out the best way to portably mount it is a First World "problem" if there ever was one. Cheers!

 

Larry*


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#233 Bill Barlow

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 12:00 PM

Are there any recent notifications?  Also wondering if anyone has heard if AP is planning on another run later this year.

I was wondering that also.  Maybe they are about done with the Stowaway for now?  I remember that they closed the sign up list near the end of the 2018 NEAF, so wonder how many were on the list when it closed?  
 

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 09:50 PM

I got my notification mid-afternoon last Friday, July 24.  I signed up on April 20, 2018, at 11:56 PM Central time.  The notification indicates this is part of the third run, and that the scope will be available for shipment in late July / early August.  They gave me until noon on August 7 to decide whether to confirm my order. Easy decision -- I already emailed them back and told them yes. Been on many A-P notification lists over the years, but this is the first time my name's come up.  I do have an A-P 1600GTO mount, but there was no waiting list back when I ordered that in 2014.

Thanks for the response.  I signed up on the list on April 21, 2018 at 7:31AM EDT.  Just trying to figure out when I might get notified.  I spent about 10 years on the 130 list before getting my GTX (which I've since sold), so this one is moving much faster!  

 

Bigger question is what to do about it if my name comes up.  I love my AT92 as a grab and go and am going to need to figure out how to convince my wife that I need two 92mm scopes...



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Posted 26 July 2020 - 10:09 PM

 

 

Bigger question is what to do about it if my name comes up.  I love my AT92 as a grab and go and am going to need to figure out how to convince my wife that I need two 92mm scopes...

Ask her which one she wants.

 

Clear skies, Alan


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 10:06 PM

Kind of excited, my Stowaway shipped today!  I was on the 2018 waiting list, but was also on the Traveler list since 1998 : O...Let's hope it was worth the wait.  Will post pics when it arrives.  I have a new Vixen SXD2 with Starbook 10 so it should be a fun fairly portable rig.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 07:38 AM

Congrats to everyone who got theirs or will be getting it soon. If you missed the waitlist or are tired of waiting, you can try to make one for yourself, see link below smile.gif

 

https://www.cloudyni...f67-apo-design/


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 12:54 PM

Congrats to everyone who got theirs or will be getting it soon. If you missed the waitlist or are tired of waiting, you can try to make one for yourself, see link below smile.gif

 

https://www.cloudyni...f67-apo-design/

 

 

Your design states FPL53 for the Fluorocrown and two mating elements of BK7.   My Stow uses Hoya FCD100 and I don't believe Roland has disclosed the mating glass.  Did your software not have the glass property tables from Hoya - if not you can probably download them.  Anyway, my bench test can be seen here:

 

https://www.cloudyni...n-a-p-stowaway/

 

Great Telescope.  And, even though double stars are poor arbiters of optical quality, I had a remarkable view of the Double-Double in Lyra back in June.    


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 02:05 PM

Your design states FPL53 for the Fluorocrown and two mating elements of BK7.   My Stow uses Hoya FCD100 and I don't believe Roland has disclosed the mating glass.  Did your software not have the glass property tables from Hoya - if not you can probably download them.  Anyway, my bench test can be seen here:

 

https://www.cloudyni...n-a-p-stowaway/

 

Great Telescope.  And, even though double stars are poor arbiters of optical quality, I had a remarkable view of the Double-Double in Lyra back in June.    

Good question. I do not know what Roland Christen uses for mating glasses, but N-BK7 works very well. As for FCD100 vs S-FPL53, the differences are small enough that you only need a little re-optimization. Here are the specs for the FCD100 version, I will post the OLSO file for this version on the DIY forum thread shortly. FL increased by 1 mm, but otherwise the performance is virtually identical.

 

 

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 05:26 PM

My Stowaway arrived today! Woot!  

 

*does a happy dance*

 

Summary:

 

Apr 20, 2018: Signed up for the Stowaway waiting list

Feb 26, 2020: Received notification my name is next on the list, do I want to order? (of course!)

Jul 31, 2020:   Stowaway arrived  


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 06:37 PM

Since my Stowaway arrived, NW Louisiana weather has been abysmal. 

 

In 20 years here, I would think this summer's night skies are in the top 5 of worst conditions.  Usually, the cloudy days would clear in the evening....but not this year so far.



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Posted 01 August 2020 - 10:00 AM

My Stowaway arrived today! Woot!  

 

*does a happy dance*

 

Summary:

 

Apr 20, 2018: Signed up for the Stowaway waiting list

Feb 26, 2020: Received notification my name is next on the list, do I want to order? (of course!)

Jul 31, 2020:   Stowaway arrived  

Congrats on getting your Stowaway.  What number is yours?  
 

Bill



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Posted 01 August 2020 - 12:15 PM

Congrats on getting your Stowaway.  What number is yours?  
 

Bill

My serial number is #406.  It's odd the number is not on the scope itself. 



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Posted 01 August 2020 - 12:33 PM

My serial number is #406.  It's odd the number is not on the scope itself. 

The # will be on the lens cell.



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Posted 01 August 2020 - 01:25 PM

I've looked down the tube, and still not seeing the serial number.  I have a Traveler and GT, and know where the serial numbers are for them.  Is the serial number on a Stowaway in a different location? 



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Posted 01 August 2020 - 03:08 PM

Unscrew the ring on the dew shield, then you can remove it, and find the serial number. 


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Posted 01 August 2020 - 03:56 PM

Yes, there it is!  Thanks! And I see Roland had hand signed his initials next to the serial number. 


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 12:04 PM

My serial number is #406.  It's odd the number is not on the scope itself. 

I was hoping that the scope number would be on the retaining ring.  Wow, already over 400 Stowaways made.  Mine is #346 and I got it around April 10.  So Roland has made 60 more in the last 90 days or so.  How many will he make before ending the production runs?
 

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 12:55 PM

I wish AP makes them as long as they can, until everyone who wants one gets one. I feel like they will be used more when the rarity is taken away with continuous production. I also believe that most people are using the new Stowaway as they are very easy to take them out.

 

I have the original Stowaway and it is my most used scope. It is showing a little paint wear on dew-shield and I stopped treating it as a rare scope.

 

The only issue I have with older stowaway is I can't use a bino-viewer with 1.25x corrector. It needs 1.7x or 2x.

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 10:50 AM

My Stowaway is shipping today!  snoopy2.gif

Serial number 92665-3-421.


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