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Re: AP130 Gran Turismo Notification

Started by daqua, 03/03/2009 01:29AM
Posted 03/03/2009 01:29AM Opening Post
I was notified last week. Turned it down. The E-mail politely noted that "Some time ago you expressed interest in the 130 Gran Tourismo..." "Some time ago ," I wrote back, "was 8-1/2 years." (It wasn't called the GT back then.) I am still on the list for the 160, but when I asked how long it might be before I might be notified, the answer was, basically, "don't know."

I turned down the 130 because since September of 2000 the price had more than doubled. Same for the 160, so I can no longer justify owning both scopes. Guess I'll have to start liquidating my present scope assets in preparation for the 160 notification--probably another year from now is my estimate. For now my 152 f/9 Starfire serves me admirably.

Dom Q.

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Posted 03/03/2009 01:54AM #1
That's a wonderful setup, and portable to boot. You must have a great time with double stars and planets!
Posted 03/04/2009 11:14AM #2
Thanks, William, Ivan.

Ivan, although it is on wheely bars, I do not consider it portable. That HGM 200 equatorial head, without the counterweights, weighs 90 pounds.

Dom Q.
Posted 03/11/2009 11:56PM #3
I think another year is quite optimistic wink

Based on my research (I'm sure Roland will correct me if I am wrong), the last production run of 160's took care of people on the notification list from May through to Mid November 1999. That production run lasted from October 2004 through to around Jan/Feb 2007.

With the 130's in full production, it is anyone's guess (well, almost anyone's!) as to when the 160's will go back into production.