When I first got into the hobby I bought a AP 5” vintage 2000 from Herb York in 2000. I had it for a while and my wife got laid off after 9/11. So I sold it to gentlemen out of the New England area and he had me send it to Ed Ting. Mr. Ting later reviewed that very scope and his write up had me regretting selling the scope. It’s the one with someone crying after looking at Saturn through the scope.
I was already on the list for the run of the 5” and 6”. I got the notice in to 2010 that I could buy the GT however I was laid off. I bought it but in short order sold it to an Astro friend locally. Bought another 5” GT not that long ago. Something to do with cancer and thought my death was gonna be sooner than later and really wanted to look through the best scopes available.
So last year I picked up about 5 mid to high end scopes and still have them all today. Two of them are APs
My generally thinking when it comes to my APs is my fear of whacking them in a viewing session and the resale value would be shot. So they don’t get used as much as they should out of fear.
I also picked up two TAKs last summer that are significantly cheaper and perform pretty well comparatively speaking. They are the TSA102 and the well reviewed previously owned by Paul Leuba TAK Sky90 II. I have these along with a Televue 76 a 102 stellavue and some much cheaper Chinese refractors.
Here is where I stand. The APs clearly falls into the collectible realm, the TAKs are a work horse and for the price of one of my APs I was able to buy two TAKs. The other scopes are pretty swell but the fit and finish doesn’t touch either one of these two brands.
So plunk the money down and be ready to enjoy opening up one of the best made scopes bar none. Worst case you can turn around and sell it at no loss if you decide it’s more than what you want or need.
Everyone should own an AP at least once while in this hobby.
Edited by gjanke, 28 June 2020 - 06:19 AM.