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#1 tadam

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 01:27 PM

Since Astrophysics brought back the Stowaway in 2018 after some time since last production and the third run underway, does it seem plausible that there may be a return of the AP Traveler?  It would great to be able to buy a new Traveler, given it is one of the few true 4 inch premium APOs which could work as an airline carryon and work on nearly any mount give the light weight.  Reading further from the Company 7 website, the "design and manufacturing process of the 90mm and 92mm Stowaway telescopes ended up costing about as much as the larger 105mm Traveler telescope since each is about as labor intensive".  The new Stowaway is a new production which is different than the old versions, but does this process scale up readily to the Traveler like it did before?  If so, what would a new version of a Traveler would cost if it came out in 2020.  Maybe $4499 based on 2008 prices on Company 7 website from 2008?  

 

 



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Posted 20 January 2020 - 01:40 PM

In my opinion 0 possibility.



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Posted 20 January 2020 - 04:42 PM

Since Astrophysics brought back the Stowaway in 2018 after some time since last production and the third run underway, does it seem plausible that there may be a return of the AP Traveler?  It would great to be able to buy a new Traveler, given it is one of the few true 4 inch premium APOs which could work as an airline carryon and work on nearly any mount give the light weight.  Reading further from the Company 7 website, the "design and manufacturing process of the 90mm and 92mm Stowaway telescopes ended up costing about as much as the larger 105mm Traveler telescope since each is about as labor intensive".  The new Stowaway is a new production which is different than the old versions, but does this process scale up readily to the Traveler like it did before?  If so, what would a new version of a Traveler would cost if it came out in 2020.  Maybe $4499 based on 2008 prices on Company 7 website from 2008?  

Just. Plain. Mean.  I opened this thread expecting to hear that Travelers were once again for sale.sigh2.gif


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 06:57 PM

Just. Plain. Mean.  I opened this thread expecting to hear that Travelers were once again for sale.sigh2.gif

I am sure there is a used one for $7k out there.



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Posted 20 January 2020 - 07:04 PM

I am sure there is a used one for $7k out there.

https://www.astrobuy...php?view=156799



#6 Alan French

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 07:46 PM

Folks have gotten Roland awfully busy making Stowaways. 

 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 10:13 PM

As long as we’re indulging wishful thinking, I’d like a new round of air-spaced 160EDF’s.

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 10:37 PM

I think the AP 105 Traveller may be one of the best scopes ever made.  Based on its specs, it still looks cutting edge, to this day.


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 10:50 PM

Just. Plain. Mean.  I opened this thread expecting to hear that Travelers were once again for sale.sigh2.gif

Exactly.  OP should edit the title to put a question mark at the end.


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 11:18 PM

Since the last Traveler was made, A-P have done their best to make the 130 as compact and portable as possible. 

I wonder how many are on the Traveler list from way back.



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Posted 20 January 2020 - 11:22 PM

bangbang.gif  i  hope they will redo the starfire 12. I sold mine several years ago poor imbecile that I am, 


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Posted 21 January 2020 - 07:28 AM

Since the last Traveler was made, A-P have done their best to make the 130 as compact and portable as possible. 
I wonder how many are on the Traveler list from way back.


Exactly, and some of us will recall that when A-P was about to release the 130GT, they briefly considered calling it “Traveler”. So, I think this speaks to the idea that the 130GT was going to be A-P’s new travel scope.

I feel like I’ve been on the Traveler list more than a third of my life - heck, I bought a used Traveler about 15 years ago after what already seemed like forever. Wait on, brothers...

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 12:51 PM

Well I have heard a Rumour that there is going to be another run of the 130 GTX later this year. As far as the Traveler I would doubt it. The 92mm Stowaway is likely going to be it. Not unless Roland can find someone willing to make scopes. You do know that Roland is well into his 80's How much longer do you expect him to be making Telescopes.

 

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 02:31 PM

[SNIP] You do know that Roland is well into his 80's How much longer do you expect him to be making Telescopes.

 

                                                                    

If you're being serious, that would certainly be news to Roland (and Marj)! 

Clear skies, Alan


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Posted 21 January 2020 - 02:41 PM

70’s...not 80’s iirc!


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