For more than three years I had been considering buying an Alt-Az mount model for my 5-inch refractor but it’s an item that most vendors don’t regularly carry in stock. A month ago I noticed that one came in stock at the website of a well-known U.S. vendor and I didn’t hesitate to order it even if it was over budget. I’m so glad that I did because it shipped quickly and it was delivered a few days later! (See picture of tripod below).
I also needed some accessories for my mount but I had to order from four different vendors so I could find the items that I wanted “in-stock”. So far I’ve been lucky and received most of what I ordered!
These are difficult times to buy new astronomy gear with the current shortages and the cost of raw materials and shipping on the rise. If you happen to see something that you wanted for a long time available in stock and can afford it, my advice is: Better act soon!