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#1 gjanke

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Posted 02 May 2020 - 06:10 PM

My Takitis lead to something far worse ...APitis

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#2 Astro-Master

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Posted 02 May 2020 - 06:46 PM

There's a cure for APitis, you give it to someone else. lol.gif lol.gif lol.gif


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Posted 02 May 2020 - 08:49 PM

One day in 1997 I went to  Company 7. I swear to the heavens there was something in the air in that showroom.  Once I saw a floor filled with APs I lost all common sense.

 

For example, I have paid greater than retail for most of my AP's. I have been on lists for decades waiting for my name to come up. Five years in to waiting I am saying " there is no way I am buying that scope if my name comes up".  

 

Another fives years later, laid off looking for a job my name comes up. Now a prudent man, a smart man would have passed, but nope. Plunked down the 6k and instead of stressing about it I was happy as a pig in mud. 

 

So I know people talk about Takitis, but you never pay more than retail in fact you can pay almost a third less if you're thrifty. They are readily available to provide a fix for your Tak craving. 

 

However, thats not the case with AP;  They sell with in hours of being posted, cause they are few and far between. When they do pop up it is marked up as much as 25 percent more than retail.  I own two APs right now and if a Traveler were to show up I cannot say definitively in the 2nd great recession of our time I wouldnt just go ahead and buy. 

 

So while Takitis is bad it can't hold a candle to APitis!


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Posted 02 May 2020 - 08:54 PM

Nice to see the start of the AP-itis thread.  Whilst I have no wish or intent to buy one for myself, I can understand why people shell out their cash and wait for them.  I have only looked through a couple of them and both were very nice indeed.  Enjoy  flowerred.gif


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#5 contrailmaker

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Posted 02 May 2020 - 11:59 PM

Let the games begin! This was my first AP, a 152 Starfire from the1990s. It had exquisite optics and was in basically new condition when I bought it in 2011.

 

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#6 Tyson M

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 01:50 AM

IMO Astrophysics scopes set the benchmark for optical and mechanical quality. Glad to see this thread paying homage to these fine scopes.

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 02:30 AM

AP scopes are certainly an obsession! Got 2.5...

An old 1991 6” f/7.5 Starfire EDF - the first Starfires made to Tony Hallas’ specifications by Roland - very few of these around. It still has one of the best correction specs of any of the Starfires out there:

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Then I recently received a new generation Stowaway that now sits alongside his older brother:

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And my 0.5 is a Christen’s triplet from the Brandon days in a Moonraker tube:

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Roberto

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 08:03 AM

Let the games begin! This was my first AP, a 152 Starfire from the1990s. It had exquisite optics and was in basically new condition when I bought it in 2011.

I owned something similar. Back in 1989 I purchased a new, 152 F-9 triplet from AP and a new, metallic blue, Losmandy GM-100 mount from Scott.

 

Even though now with my advanced age I couldn’t really use either, of all the astro equipment that I have owned, those two pieces of equipment still make me smile when I see them.

 

Possibly my best view of Mars ever and the Shoemaker Levy 9 comet impacts on Jupiter were just a couple of the highlights observed with that system.

 

Bob


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#9 bobhen

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 08:10 AM

My 1998 AP 155 F7 on a Mach One.

 

I owned the scope for 17-years but sold it as part of my downsizing. Getting old sucks!

 

Bob

 

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 08:35 AM

Wow!

The AP155 was always my dream scope.

I am too cheap so, had to stick with newts.   LOL



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Posted 03 May 2020 - 08:35 AM

I owned something similar. Back in 1989 I purchased a new, 152 F-9 triplet from AP and a new, metallic blue, Losmandy GM-100 mount from Scott.

 

Even though now with my advanced age I couldn’t really use either, of all the astro equipment that I have owned, those two pieces of equipment still make me smile when I see them.

 

Possibly my best view of Mars ever and the Shoemaker Levy 9 comet impacts on Jupiter were just a couple of the highlights observed with that system.

 

Bob

Totally understand Bob

That Starfire was my dream scope come true. Sold it as part of a downsizing/move. The largest one that’ll fit on my tight balcony now is a 130GTX.

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 11:35 AM

Need to get one to start that disease


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Posted 03 May 2020 - 11:51 AM

it reminds me that I had a starfire 12 in the 90s.
it was a wonder this telescope.
astro-physic are in my opinion the best built with an optics superior in all respects.
I love this thread.
thank you



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Posted 03 May 2020 - 12:32 PM

The two that I have left.

 

A 178 F9 pre-ED Starfire and a pre-ED 127 F8 Starfire.

 

Both are optically and mechanically excellent.

 

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 02:03 PM

was really lucky to get one of the final run 130EDT´s in like new condition - the preowner used it only one or two times... - love the tailored tube, machined baffles and individual focuser... and the perfect fitting mount was included too. Steering was changed from the original AP to FS-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#16 Paul Morow

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 05:35 PM

AP155 f/9 EDT acquired new in 1994 after a 6 month wait.

Those were the good old days and I did not even know it at the time.

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 05:37 PM

AP155 f/9 EDT acquired new in 1994 after a 6 month wait.

Those were the good old days and I did not even know it at the time.

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#18 Paul Hyndman

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Posted 03 May 2020 - 08:33 PM

... Getting old sucks!

Amen to that! gramps.gif 
 


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Posted 03 May 2020 - 09:18 PM

My AP scopes:

 

1) Original Stowaway f5

2) Traveler (Pebble Finish)

3) EDF 130 f6

 

and the Roland triplets made for the Vernonscope Brandon scopes

 

1) Brandon 94

2) Brandon 130

 

Of the true AP’s, the little Stowaway was my first and is still my favorite.

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#20 Paul Morow

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Posted 04 May 2020 - 04:00 PM

Acquired a few years ago AP102 f/8 Starfire.

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Posted 04 May 2020 - 04:24 PM

1992 130EDT and new 2019 Stowaway

 

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Posted 05 May 2020 - 10:17 AM

I now have my first (and probably last) AP scope, the newer Stowaway.  My name came up in mid January and I bought the scope, it then arrived in early April.  I’ve had it out a couple of times since I got it and the views are super nice.

 

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Posted 05 May 2020 - 01:02 PM

One for sale in France today from 2nd run at 4600€... wow...



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Posted 05 May 2020 - 01:22 PM

One for sale in France today from 2nd run at 4600€... wow...

If Mr. google isn't wrong, and he/she is never wrong, 4600 euros ifs equal to $4992.15.  I had been looking for a used one for a while here in the US and that is right around where the average for resale have been for the new stowaway. 



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Posted 05 May 2020 - 02:24 PM

If Mr. google isn't wrong, and he/she is never wrong, 4600 euros ifs equal to $4992.15.  I had been looking for a used one for a while here in the US and that is right around where the average for resale have been for the new stowaway. 

A new one to the only and official AP dealer in France costs 4755 euro. It is a lot more expensive than buying directly from AP due to VAT (20%) and dealer margin...


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