Bill Green wrote:
> 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.
Think so? How about after Roland retires? I'll bet money the wait
list vanishes after that. See, people don't want an AP. They don't
really even want a telescope, no that's secondary. They want a "Roland
Christen". AP scopes are all about collecting.
Nothing wrong with that - if that's what floats your boat - but if you
want to observe or photograph, there are lots of other options on the
market. Anybody getting on the wait list at this point better have a
backup plan. Heck, anybody getting on ANY wait list better have a
If you really want an AP NOW, I'd suggest heading over to astromart and
offering an absurd amount of money for one. I'm sure you'll find
someone who is willing to make the sacrifice if you wave enough cash
around. That poor schmuck tho - he'll have to do his
observing/astrophotography with a TMB, Tak or TEC... How sad.
(As a side note, I wonder who could afford the $$$$ to buy AP when
Roland wants to sell? First people that come to mind are either Meade
or Celestron - aka Synta. Hah! Your Jag's now a Ford.)