I was thinking about why I am so happy to have various Astro-Physics scopes. In terms of optical quality, there are alternatives that match the AP optics. For example I have a couple of Takahashi scopes with flawless optics to my eyes. The LZOS 175 f/8 is incredible. But what these other scopes don't have is the Astro-Physics presence. What I mean by this is the connection I feel to the man. Roland is a living legend, and he is both humble and a truly nice human being. He sells his scopes at below market value. I feel like by owning his creations, I can tap into his passion for life and what he does. That doesn't happen with my Takahashi or LZOS scopes. If one is only interested in performance and quality views, then there are many choices. I would also imagine the same sort of thing is true for those who purchase Tec or CFF. You can connect to the creator of those instruments. It just means a lot to me to know who's passion it is that is behind the scopes I love.
I just got an email from Lana Trygubova (Agema) about the SD-120 and how they are coming along. This is what prompted this posting. What I love about this particular adventure (I have one on order), is the passion that Eduard has about what he is doing. It seems to be the same sort of thing as with Roland. In a sense, I don't care that much as to whether or not the SD-120 is a killer scope. It is the journey of getting one and the incredible passion behind its creation. One man's dream to do something special and follow his own path. I get periodic updates about what is going on with the scopes and it just adds to the experience. I could care less how long it takes. I am excited to get the scope and will enjoy its presence in the same way that I do with Roland's creations.
2020 has been a tough year for me in many ways. Its nice to have something that embraces what is nice about human kind and enjoy it while living through the challenges of everyday life. I recently read War and Peace and I am currently reading Don Quixote. So I am getting the perspective of life from the 1860s and 1610s from people who lived in those times. What strikes me is that the issues they dealt with on a personal level are really the same as what challenges us the most in these "modern" times and so my reading has shown me that this has been a challenge going back into our distant past. I choose to focus my life focused on what is good with human kind and not get stuck in the ugly. My scopes help in a significant way in doing this. When I look up and see those beautiful stars through exquisite optics, it really feels like home.
Edited by daveCollins, 20 October 2020 - 08:29 AM.