Re: 1200GTO Received


May 1, 2002

 


----------------------------

#4863 May 1, 2002

Hi everyboby!



I just received my 1200GTO this morning. It takes exactly 28 months after

putting myself on notification list (dec 31, 1999). All components are very

well protected for shipping. This is a very beautiful mount and I am very

excited about using it. I will have a little time to practice before

reveiving my ST-7XE.



By the way, Roland, is it normal to have some little defects, maybe bubbles,

on counterweight shaft? My counterweight shaft has 7 defects like this and

the two biggest are around 0.025" wide but not so deep.



For Quebec customers, I must inform you than you will have to pay a brokerage

fee of around $145.00 canadian (including both taxes) if you take UPS for

shipping. It's very more than $25.00 US than advertised in Astro-Physics web

page. You must inform UPS before they do custom clearance if you want to do

custom brokerage yourself.



Any comments are welcome.



Clear skies,



Yves Laroche



----------------------------

#4864 May 2, 2002

To: Yves,



I received my AP1200 yesterday to! It went together

very easily. I didn't notice any bubbles or defects on

the polar shaft (it seemed very smooth), but the "bubbles" you

describe seem so small I might have missed them. I also have a ST-7E

I'm anxiously waiting to use. Hopefully my tripod-pier

will be finished by next new moon.



James Foster

Los Angeles, CA

jrfcomet.homestead.com/files/ast.htm



p.s. I orded mine also in 1999. (missed one window in 2000 to get

one due to insufficient funds!)



--- In ap-gto@y..., Yves Laroche yves.laroche@v...> wrote:

> Hi everyboby!

>

> I just received my 1200GTO this morning. It takes exactly 28

months after

> putting myself on notification list (dec 31, 1999). All components

are very

> well protected for shipping. This is a very beautiful mount and I

am very

> excited about using it. I will have a little time to practice

before

> reveiving my ST-7XE.

>

> By the way, Roland, is it normal to have some little defects, maybe

bubbles,

> on counterweight shaft? My counterweight shaft has 7 defects like

this and

> the two biggest are around 0.025" wide but not so deep.

>

> For Quebec customers, I must inform you than you will have to pay a

brokerage

> fee of around $145.00 canadian (including both taxes) if you take

UPS for

> shipping. It's very more than $25.00 US than advertised in Astro-

Physics web

> page. You must inform UPS before they do custom clearance if you

want to do

> custom brokerage yourself.

>

> Any comments are welcome.

>

> Clear skies,

>

> Yves Laroche



----------------------------

#4865 May 2, 2002

Hi Yves,

>For Quebec customers, I must inform you than you will have to

>pay a brokerage

>fee of around $145.00 canadian (including both taxes) if you

>take UPS for

>shipping.



You are correct. Apparently UPS has implemented a graduated fee scale

depending on the value of the shipment. We have now modified the

international order information section of our website to include a link

to the UPS site:

www.ups.com/canada/using/software/currentrates/engcustoms_rates.html

which will bring you to a page entitled: Rates for Customs Clearance

into Canada. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

>is it normal to have some little defects,

>maybe bubbles,

>on counterweight shaft?



If you examine the counterweight shaft very closely, you may see tiny

surface indentations. This does not affect performance in any way.



Clear skies,

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc.

11250 Forest Hills Road

Rockford, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

Please include this e-mail with your response.



>-----Original Message-----

>From: Yves Laroche [mailto:yves.laroche@...]

>Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 10:21 AM

>To: ap-gto@yahoogroups.com

>Subject: [ap-gto] 1200GTO Received

>

>

>Hi everyboby!

>

>I just received my 1200GTO this morning. It takes exactly 28

>months after

>putting myself on notification list (dec 31, 1999). All

>components are very

>well protected for shipping. This is a very beautiful mount

>and I am very

>excited about using it. I will have a little time to practice before

>reveiving my ST-7XE.

>

>By the way, Roland, is it normal to have some little defects,

>maybe bubbles,

>on counterweight shaft? My counterweight shaft has 7 defects

>like this and

>the two biggest are around 0.025" wide but not so deep.

>

>For Quebec customers, I must inform you than you will have to

>pay a brokerage

>fee of around $145.00 canadian (including both taxes) if you

>take UPS for

>shipping. It's very more than $25.00 US than advertised in

>Astro-Physics web

>page. You must inform UPS before they do custom clearance if

>you want to do

>custom brokerage yourself.

>

>Any comments are welcome.

>

>Clear skies,

>

>Yves Laroche

>

>

>

>To UNSUBSCRIBE, or for general information on the ap-gto list

>see groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-gto

>

>Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to

>docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

>

>







----------------------------

#4868 May 3, 2002

Hi James!



Thanks for your comments.



Clear skies.



Yves



ap1200gto wrote:

> To: Yves,

>

> I received my AP1200 yesterday to! It went together

> very easily. I didn't notice any bubbles or defects on

> the polar shaft (it seemed very smooth), but the "bubbles" you

> describe seem so small I might have missed them. I also have a ST-7E

> I'm anxiously waiting to use. Hopefully my tripod-pier

> will be finished by next new moon.

>

> James Foster

> Los Angeles, CA

> jrfcomet.homestead.com/files/ast.htm

>

> p.s. I orded mine also in 1999. (missed one window in 2000 to get

> one due to insufficient funds!)

>



----------------------------

#4873 May 4, 2002

Actually this $145.00 charge is normal for UPS. They also have a very

hefty fee for much smaller items. Thus, small items are better sent to

Canada via US parcel post. In this case the Canada Post "brokerage

fee" is only $5.00 plus applicable duties (if any) and taxes. UPS and

others rather "milk" the customer when a trans-border

shipment is involved. Clearing the item yourself can be cheaper, but

the Canada Customs Office must be right next door. I found that faxing

the details to UPS, when I knew my mount had been shipped, with the

appropriate details, speeded up the process as they always first want

to contact you via phone which can be difficult if one is working and

out of the office. They want an okay to customs clear the package and

a credit card number so they get their money. The local UPS depot

isn't much help as their phone (In Canada anyway) is "located" in the

east. (I live in the west).



UPS and others also say clearing the item through customs takes 2-3

days. This is very misleading as their office at the brokerage place

is just a few feet from the Canada Customs office. A trot down the

hall with the papers doesn't take that long. In most cases if the

import papers are correct, the item can be cleared within 2-3 hours of

landing in Canada from wherever. I know this because I phoned the

Canada Customs man in Richmond BC (airport depot) and he told me the

whole process. When my 400 QMD landed in Canada a couple of years back

I was told by UPS the order would take 2-3 days to clear customs. One

phone call and it was here the next day! The 600E GOTO process went

much more smoothly after I faxed all the shipment details to UPS and

the mount cleared that afternoon to arrive the next day.



Sorry for long post but I wanted to share my experiences with UPS and

others when it came to importing large heavy items into Canada.



Chris. Spratt

Victoria, B. C.





--- In ap-gto@y..., "Marjorie Christen" marj@a...> wrote:

> Hi Yves,

>

> >For Quebec customers, I must inform you than you will have to

> >pay a brokerage

> >fee of around $145.00 canadian (including both taxes) if you

> >take UPS for

> >shipping.

>

> You are correct. Apparently UPS has implemented a graduated fee

scale

> depending on the value of the shipment. We have now modified the

> international order information section of our website to include a

link

> to the UPS site:

> www.ups.com/canada/using/software/currentrates/engcustoms_rates.html

> which will bring you to a page entitled: Rates for Customs Clearance

> into Canada. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

>

> >is it normal to have some little defects,

> >maybe bubbles,

> >on counterweight shaft?

>

> If you examine the counterweight shaft very closely, you may see

tiny

> surface indentations. This does not affect performance in any way.

>

> Clear skies,

> Marj Christen

> Astro-Physics, Inc.

> 11250 Forest Hills Road

> Rockford, IL 61115

> Phone: 815-282-1513

> Fax: 815-282-9847

> www.astro-physics.com

> Please include this e-mail with your response.

>

>

> >-----Original Message-----

> >From: Yves Laroche [mailto:yves.laroche@v...]

> >Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 10:21 AM

> >To: ap-gto@y...

> >Subject: [ap-gto] 1200GTO Received

> >

> >

> >Hi everyboby!

> >

> >I just received my 1200GTO this morning. It takes exactly 28

> >months after

> >putting myself on notification list (dec 31, 1999). All

> >components are very

> >well protected for shipping. This is a very beautiful mount

> >and I am very

> >excited about using it. I will have a little time to practice

before

> >reveiving my ST-7XE.

> >

> >By the way, Roland, is it normal to have some little defects,

> >maybe bubbles,

> >on counterweight shaft? My counterweight shaft has 7 defects

> >like this and

> >the two biggest are around 0.025" wide but not so deep.

> >

> >For Quebec customers, I must inform you than you will have to

> >pay a brokerage

> >fee of around $145.00 canadian (including both taxes) if you

> >take UPS for

> >shipping. It's very more than $25.00 US than advertised in

> >Astro-Physics web

> >page. You must inform UPS before they do custom clearance if

> >you want to do

> >custom brokerage yourself.

> >

> >Any comments are welcome.

> >

> >Clear skies,

> >

> >Yves Laroche

> >

> >

> >

> >To UNSUBSCRIBE, or for general information on the ap-gto list

> >see groups.yahoo.com/group/ap-gto

> >

> >Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to

> >docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

> >

> >







Contact Us
This Site's Privacy Policy
Google's privacy policies

S
e
n
i
o
r
T
u
b
e
.
o
r
g