From the shameless self-promotion department, posting here to make mention of a three-peat appearance of my article "The 16-Inch F/4.5 Collapsible-Truss Dobsonian From New Moon Telescopes" in Astronomy Technology Today (ATT), a magazine I have been very happily subscribed to for a decade now. The re-reappearance in the next-to-next-to-latest issue (now making it Volume 7 Issue 3, Volume 12 Issue 5, and Volume 16 Issue 3) is the tail end of the issue discussion/theme provided by Keith Venables FRAS about "The Future Of The Dobsonian," for which I would consider New Moon Telescope's continued efforts at optimizing size, weight, and automation to be one of the best examples of builder-driven experimentation (and, given Ryan's track record, success) – the best evidence of that process is that the model of scope in the review is nowhere to be found anymore for sale on the NMT website (a point mentioned by the editor in the issue!), although you certainly see aspects of the lineage in the current offerings.
As for my own "Ruby" – NMT #1 (and on display at the top of this post), I continue to not want for another despite the many, many advancements that have gone into Ryan's current lines, nor do I look at other scopes on the market in magazines such as ATT and go "I wouldn't mind one of those," which, plus the three prints of the original article, is as good free marketing as I can muster.
Also making mention here of a new facebook/meta group dedicated to New Moon Telescope Owners.
And happy new year.
With Operation: How-The-Hell-Do-I-Do-It-In-Gutenberg well underway, a quick post to mention the re-publication of a New Moon Telescopes review in Astronomy Technology Today (Vol 12. Issue 5) that first appeared in ATT's May-June 2013 issue (a post about that publication resides on this site HERE).
So nice they printed it twice.
While the "classic" NMT scope has gone into discontinuation on the website in favor of the "hybrid" designs (the reprinting of the review of the "classic" model is perhaps not the best of timing), let there be no doubt that the long-short of the article and its reprint stands.
In the last seven year, I've bought extra pairs of binoculars. I've picked up sky charts. I thought about adding to my Televue collection (then won a Delos at Cherry Springs Star Party 2014 a few years back, scratching that itch). I even went so far as to pick up an iOptron SkyTracker to merely dabble in astrophotography.
In all that time, "Ruby" (NMT #1) has performed so well that I've never felt the need to even consider buying another telescope. In a hobby that caters to gear-hounds like no other, that's about as strong an endorsement as I can make. Simply, Ryan Goodson continues to make the finest Dobsonian scopes on the market today. Period.
And make sure you subscribe/renew your subscription to support Astronomy Technology Today (as I did before the reprint!), which remains one of the best sources for in-depth equipment reviews and excellent commentary from real, honest-to-goodness amateur astronomy contributors.