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Where are the new AstroTech 115 EDT Owners with the new Aston Martin gray focusers?

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#1 aa6ww

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 10:55 PM

I think this is one of the smartest, best looking practical mid size refractors on the market today. Looks, cost, performance all seem excellent. 

I'm surprised so little is said from these new owners? Is it just bad timing maybe because the first shipment of these happened around the start of the cold season?

I honestly never cared for the Origional AT-115 with the flat black focuser. I just had a look that didn't appeal to me. The new ones  are just perfect. 

I've had two Astrotechs with silver focusers, they  just look slick and of course, every new ED and Triplet made has excellent optics. 

Scopes today are all so good, I never even thing about optical quality any more. I just look for the features that i prefer and now, their looks.

To this day, I have not looked through any ED or Triplet refractor that did not have excellent optics.

 

 

So where are these owners? What are your thoughts on the new focuser? The AT-92 I have, has an excellent robust, very strong, very smooth focuser. At least as precise in performance and feel as the best focusers I've ever used. This is not the same focuser as used on my AT-102. The AT-102 had a nice gray one, but it did not feel like a load bearing focuser. 

I'm curious about your thoughts on the new focuser. Did it work right out of the box or did it need adjusting?

Also interested to hear what you are mounting your new glossy gray focuser 115's on and what do you think of it.

Hows the dew shield, does it slide easy and feels solid?

Hows it feel with 2" eyepieces.

 

Thanks in advanced for any comments.

 

...Ralph

 

 

 

 

 

 



#2 Jaimo!

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:07 PM

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:32 PM

Now that the container of scopes has arrived at Astronomics I'm checking email every 20 or 30 minutes to see if my 115 (ordered in April) has shipped yet watching.gif


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:34 PM

Are the focusers actually different (other than being gray instead of black)?  I thought they were just changing the color.  

 

I like the focuser on my (black) 130 EDT.  Very smooth and being able to rotate the entire focuser is great,  It's not a FeatherTouch but it does very well for me.

 

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:56 PM

Are the focusers actually different (other than being gray instead of black)?  I thought they were just changing the color. 

No desire to collect all the colours ?
 



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Posted 15 January 2020 - 12:10 AM

The silver focuser on the new AT-115's does not look like the black one that has been painted.

 

...Ralph

 

 

Are the focusers actually different (other than being gray instead of black)?  I thought they were just changing the color.  

 

I like the focuser on my (black) 130 EDT.  Very smooth and being able to rotate the entire focuser is great,  It's not a FeatherTouch but it does very well for me.

 

Greg



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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:45 AM

Now that the container of scopes has arrived at Astronomics I'm checking email every 20 or 30 minutes to see if my 115 (ordered in April) has shipped yet watching.gif

I live about 30 minutes from them. I could be talked into picking up your scope and making sure it's up to their high standards lol.gif .


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:55 AM

Now that the container of scopes has arrived at Astronomics I'm checking email every 20 or 30 minutes to see if my 115 (ordered in April) has shipped yet watching.gif

 

 

I live about 30 minutes from them. I could be talked into picking up your scope and making sure it's up to their high standards lol.gif .

I'm in Oklahoma City, about 45 mins away. I am picking up my AT115EDT after work today and should have pics this evening.


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 11:14 AM

So maybe there has just been one shipment of these so far, and the next shipping is in the process of being distributed to their happy new owners.

Definitely exciting times for the new owners, and those of us interested in them also.

...Ralph

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 11:23 AM

I have a two year old AT115 and it is a great instrument! With my cameras and its reducer it frames medium-large nebulae perfectly. Visually, folks always comment on how great it pairs with my 31mm Nagler because who doesn't love wide, sharp fields?


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 02:36 PM

I live about 30 minutes from them. I could be talked into picking up your scope and making sure it's up to their high standards lol.gif .

You missed the part about shipping it to me after checking it out :D


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 03:45 PM

I have an AT115 with the new grey focuser. The optics are great. My focuser was not quite up to par with the quality of the scope. I replaced it with a moonlite.


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 09:14 AM

Drove down after work yesterday and picked up my AT115EDT from Astronomics. As always they were friendly and professional. They had the box waiting for me and had opened it to give it the once over.

 

After arriving home I unboxed it, checked it over and took some pics. It came double boxed, there were cuts and breaks in the outer box from shipping straps but the inner box and all contents were fine. The scope case is nice, double locks with two keys, spring loaded handle and dense foam interior.

 

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The overall look and feel of the scope is excellent. Nice finish on both the tube and the new grey focuser. There was a little dust on the front of the lens cell but a Rocket blower took care of that.

 

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The focuser is different that the previous photos I have seen of the AT115EDT. It does seem very solid, has many adjustments and both the fast and micro focus wheels are firm and very smooth. Hopefully this focuser lives up to the reputation of the previous one. 

 

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Overall I am very pleased with this telescope and can't wait to get it under the stars, once the mandatory new telescope clouds go away.

 

Bob


Edited by Tbob32, 16 January 2020 - 01:41 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 10:25 AM

Bob,

 

WOW ! Your new AT115 EDT is gorgeous.

What a classy looking scope !



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Posted 16 January 2020 - 08:19 PM

How's it look with the dew shield fully extended? How solid is the dew shield when its sliding?

It looks awesome!

..Ralph

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 08:36 PM

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Pic with dew shield extended. With 1.25” adaptor in it’s ~31.5” long. Shield extends with a fair amount of effort but not bad. Once extended it’s very solid. 

 

Bob


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 08:54 PM

Ooh, pretty :)



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Posted 17 January 2020 - 01:47 PM

 I really like the understated but distinctive look of the AT scopes. As to functionality  I'm liking my CM 90 III's 2" R&P a lot once I figured out how to adjust the side to side slop out.  Meade was no help. I got the slop out by backing off on the 2 on each side adjustment screws on the block the pinion's on that don't thread into the rest of the focuser. David  


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