If you think the wait time for an Astro-Physics telescope is going to
diminish noticeably in the next 2-3 years, you are dreaming. The existing
waiting list is way, way too long for that. I have already waited four
years and seven months for an AP 6" apo, and I fully expect to wait at least
three more years, probably five more years. I have also waited four years
and seven months for an AP 5", and there is no way at all to gauge how much
longer I have to wait for that. AP is mum.
The demand for AP scopes far exceeds the supply, and that's going to remain
true indefinitely. Don't kid yourself.
If you want an AP scope, get on the waiting list. In the meantime, buy
another scope to use, 'cause you're gonna be waiting a looooooong time.
"Mark D" <mmd49@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Folks getting their AP160's today have waited approximately six years.
> You can expect about the same.
> Bill G.
> Hi Bill/All
> Well, honestly, that's tough to say. AP just recently expanded, and I'm
> sure not only did AP have intentions of speeding up mount wait times,
> and deliveries, but also their Telescopes too.
> AP also may have recently increased their employee base. Roland gets
> pulled in all directions at once, and just the addition of one helpful
> person at his facility I'm sure helps speeds things up in a big way.
> As far as giving my opinion about new designs, and whether they will be
> easier for AP/Roland to implement I cannot say. Only the head honcho,
> Roland himself can accurately explain what the near future has to hold.
> I would assume wait times would become more realistic over the next 2-3
> Not only does AP have to keep up with Telescope, and Mount production,
> but also a vast array of accesories, adapters, which IMO have no peer.
> Things like Camera Couplings, SCT Rear Port Couplings/Adapters, hardware
> for the Binoviewers, Finderscope Brackets, Focusers, Mounting Plates,
> and on, and on. Lots of goodies indeed, and I'm sure just for these
> relative "miniscule" items alone, is is a headache to keep up with.
> We've lost lots of people on SAA over the years with accurate
> information, and it seems lately even Roland too.
> I wish it wasn't so. Mark