Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89
Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:37 AM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:43 AM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:49 PM
I was fortunate to get a tour of their factory in 1981 while my C-8 was cleaned and adjusted. Tom was a gentleman and I was surprised that "Da Pres" was giving me a tour. His enthusiasm was quite obvious.
That must have been quite the experience? The contributions that he made to astronomy are huge, it is hard to find the proper words as they all sound so small... I am truly saddened by his passing and my best wishes go out to his family...
R.I.P. Mr. Johnson, you will be missed by many...
Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:29 PM
I found This data It says The absolute magnitude of the asteroid is 13.7... 14 is the limiting magnitude for the 8" SCT. Not easy by any means, but not impossibleThey have...there is an asteroid that bears his name.
They should name something celestial after him.
Do you know any more about it? Like its RA/DA.. I hope it's visible with an 8" SCT.. Otherwise THEY screwed up
I am told it is asteroid 12919 Tomjohnson (1998 VB6)...not too many recently discovered asteroids are easy targets in an 8 inch scope, unfortunately.
use this JPL link to get the data By searching on 12919
Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:25 PM
Eternal rest to you and thank you so very much Tom.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:20 AM
He made the world a better place.
Well done, Tom.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:33 PM
First time poster here just out of respect/admiration for the loss of Tom Johnson.
Reading his history starting out with Valor Electronics and ending
with a visonary manufactuer of sct telescopes from it's glorious
Celestron Pacific to it's present day giant.
On a more humbling note I'm picking up a 1975 immaculate condition vintage Celestron Pacific C-8 SCT in april, in a way looking through that instrument the spirit of Mr Johnson will be there with me, on those rare nights of perfect seeing wiping my eyes in a wonderful suprise and discovery I can all most here him say "Kid that's what can be seen with the heart and soul working togeather.
Can't wait till April and be a kid again.
Lance M Appel
Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:36 AM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:18 AM
BTW, I selected Tom as the number 2 person who most changed modern amateur astronomy, bested only by John Dobson, in an article I wrote a while back:
Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:36 PM