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Old 06-02-2012, 04:46 PM
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AP Riccardi Honders

My AP scope cleared customs today, and rather than risk any ham fisted handling via a local courier...decided to pick it up from UPS personally.

The palette contained boxes way larger than I expected. They barely fit into my sedan. But we made it...just...and kudos to the fork-lift guy at UPS for his kind help in shoe-horning the boxes into my car.

Of course the weather is closing in as I write....

Here are some happy-snaps
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:50 PM
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Oh wow. I am totally jealous.

What an awesome scope.

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Old 06-02-2012, 05:24 PM
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Noice!

Will a 1200 swing it, or do you need el Capitan?

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Old 06-02-2012, 05:24 PM
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Grats on getting your hands on one , they are a seriously good scope and
probably a great investment as well.
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:55 PM
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Grats on getting your hands on one , they are a seriously good scope and
probably a great investment as well.
Yep, well I'm grinning like the Cheshire cat, don't know about it being investment grade however
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Noice!

Will a 1200 swing it, or do you need el Capitan?

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New piccy added. Sits just fine on my PME

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Oh wow. I am totally jealous.

What an awesome scope.

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Patience Grosshopper, patience. You never know, I might not like it, in wich case it will have to go to a more worthy master
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:08 PM
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New piccy added. Sits just fine on my PME
A mixed marriage - two fine AP scopes and that red thing! I suppose I can't talk with a Tak and AP mount, but I am on the waiting list for an AP scope - provided Roland keeps making them for another 10 years...

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Old 06-02-2012, 06:10 PM
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Nice Peter

Looking forward to seeing your results.

Cheers
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Looks very nice Peter. I assume we will see some spectacular results once the clouds clear.
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Looks good with the Starfire for company.

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impressive! look forward to the images this will bring
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impressive! look forward to the images this will bring
Hope so!

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Looks good with the Starfire for company.

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Indeed. Roland is a wizard.

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Looks very nice Peter. I assume we will see some spectacular results once the clouds clear.
Im sure there is an equation that shows rarity and cost of gear is directly proportional to subsequent cloud cover

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Nice Peter

Looking forward to seeing your results.

Cheers
That's John ,but sadly won't give me your pristine dark skies

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Hey! Show 'da red thing some respect
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Congrats Peter!!! Very exciting!!

Hope the weather gods smile on you - looking forward to seeing the first images!

Side by side tandem mounted like that, do you need two dome geometry setups (depending on which scope you're using) with different optical axis offsets?

Cheers, Marcus
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Looks wonderful. I've never seen an AP scope in the flesh but remember being amazed when I first took delivery of my 900GTO at the superb finish and attention to detail. Beautiful engineering and construction. That's some sizable secondary there.
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Congrats Peter!!! Very exciting!!

Hope the weather gods smile on you - looking forward to seeing the first images!

Side by side tandem mounted like that, do you need two dome geometry setups (depending on which scope you're using) with different optical axis offsets?

Cheers, Marcus
Ah! Thanks indeed from a fellow purveyor of fine instruments

With the RCOS and the AP155 two pointing models certainly helped, but I suspect at similar focal lengths they should be able to use the same model...well, that's plan A.

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Looks wonderful. I've never seen an AP scope in the flesh but remember being amazed when I first took delivery of my 900GTO at the superb finish and attention to detail. Beautiful engineering and construction. That's some sizable secondary there.
With around a 50% obstruction, this is not a visual scope for the purists.
But that's not why it's here
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It's so compact. Amazing piece of engineering. You can tell it's high quality by just looking at it. The specs aperture/FL are impressive. Can't wait to see it in action.
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...With the RCOS and the AP155 two pointing models certainly helped, but I suspect at similar focal lengths they should be able to use the same model...well, that's plan A.
I was asking about your dome geometry - do you have 2 setups for the side-by-side configuration? The distance between the optical axes would be too large for a Sirus 2.3m dome slit wouldn't it?

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I was asking about your dome geometry - do you have 2 setups for the side-by-side configuration? The distance between the optical axes would be too large for a Sirus 2.3m dome slit wouldn't it?

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Marcus... am now understanding.... and yes, I have two dome geometry setup-ups. Putting in an optical axis offset allows AutomaDome to compensate nicely.

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........ Can't wait to see it in action.
Thanks Marc... that makes two of us!
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Hey Peter,

Now that you have had a few months with the AP Honders, what are your thoughts about it? Yes, I am on the list for one.

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