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#26 Paul G

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 09:41 PM

Nice scope. The AP 400, either QMD with encoders or GTO, is the perfect match. I’ve had both, personal preference is the GTO. Usually on the older AP wooden tripod with Rich Lapides spreaders.


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 09:55 PM

I'm not sure exactly when I got on the list I just know it would have been before I graduated college in 2010.
 

Depends on the list he got on. I signed up for the 130mm f6 StarFire EDFS March 29th, 2001. Got notified January 20th, 2010 for the Astro-Physics 130EDFGT Gran Turismo. When the list changes much as we have seen with the stowaway, people get dropped, put back on and notified when their name pops. I don't doubt the timeframe at all. I'm still on the list for the 152 and I am told it will never be made again. Thats been for 17 years. Much like the stowaway, if the desire hits AP, who knows I might get a 6" AP after all some twenty odd years later. Heres too hoping. 

 

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#28 YAOG

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 11:00 PM

Nice scope. The AP 400, either QMD with encoders or GTO, is the perfect match. I’ve had both, personal preference is the GTO. Usually on the older AP wooden tripod with Rich Lapides spreaders.

Yeah, if you can find one of those rare spreaders which IMO are very desirable if even more expensive when you find one. A good compromise is to buy the Berlebach spreader and the wooden tray which works pretty well.   



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Posted 06 April 2020 - 11:09 PM

I don’t know if wider is always better, Oberwerk suggests that the legs on my TR3 should be angled at 22o - 23o for optimal performance. 

Which is ridiculous and why so many people raise the spreaders 8" up the legs to get more stability from the larger base circle, my own included and most of the Oberwerk wooden tripods I bought used already had been modified this way. The optimum angle, the closer you get the better the stability at the intersection of the load path up the legs will be. 



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Posted 07 April 2020 - 09:35 AM

I received the same email last Friday as well but had to decline the offer due to a lack of space in my closet after 10 years...

I think I would have cleaned out the closet. 


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#31 Scopetonic

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 02:04 PM

What are your favorite EPs with this scope?

My current lineup is a 40mm 68 degree, 20mm hyperion, 13mm 80ish degree, and 10mm radian. I'm sure I'll want a high power planetary EP, or barlow?


Will my 2" televue diagonal work?


I just put down my deposit. Anyone know if my televue diagonal will work?

What are your favorite EP's with this scope?

#32 grif 678

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 02:28 PM

Spray down the boxes with Lysol real good, and let it dry before you bring it in. If it is double boxed, spray both boxes before you bring them in. 10 years is a long time to wait, and then catch something.



#33 Keith NC

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 02:43 PM

I just put down my deposit. Anyone know if my televue diagonal will work?

Televue diagonal will work fine.  Enjoy the scope



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Posted 07 April 2020 - 02:55 PM

I just put down my deposit. Anyone know if my televue diagonal will work?

Televue diagonal will work fine.  Enjoy the scope

Don't believe a word Keith says. You'd best just send the scope to me. And to ease Billy's fears, by all means, don't feel you need to open it.



#35 Scopetonic

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 03:25 PM

Spray down the boxes with Lysol real good, and let it dry before you bring it in. If it is double boxed, spray both boxes before you bring them in. 10 years is a long time to wait, and then catch something.


Yeah I'll take the virus before I put lysol anywhere near these minty new coatings
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#36 k5apl

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 09:46 PM

Congratulations -  you will really like your new scope.  I can say that because I have one.  Waited 9 years to get it.  Serial No. 7.  It is the break-apart GT model (not GTX).

 

I've used mine on many different mounts.  Presently it is happiest on my Losmandy G11GT.  But it also rides on my Celestron CG5 ASGT for more portability.

 

I use the Baader BBHS mirror diagonal for mono, and the Baader Mark V binoviewers for both eyes.

 

My favorite sweet spot Deep Sky eyepiece is 9mm---owned the Explore Scientific for a long while but transitioned into the Baader Morpheus 9mm.  Also use the Morpheus 14mm a lot

for mono viewing.  

 

My finder is a TEC stalk and base, with a Red Dot Finder attached.  Only use it for the mount's alignment stars.

 

It is a keeper, as you will see.  Have fun with it.



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Posted 07 April 2020 - 10:01 PM

If looking to get an alt-az with tracking not needed, the DM-6 is hard to beat.  I have one I use on a Planet tripod.  Together, they are a perfect match for 130mm refractors.  



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Posted 07 April 2020 - 10:34 PM

I just put down my deposit. Anyone know if my televue diagonal will work?

What are your favorite EP's with this scope?

Given the EP range you already own, a nice TV zoom 3-6 comes in mind.


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#39 39.1N84.5W

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Posted 11 April 2020 - 09:51 PM

Sold my DM6 and bought an alt-AZ mount with tracking and controlled by phone app. Skywatcher az-eq6. Never looked back!
Congratulations on waiting 10 years.

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Posted 12 April 2020 - 08:05 PM

Not sure how tracking works on alt az but for grab and go visual that would be really nice.

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Posted 12 April 2020 - 09:11 PM

It tracks fine.


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