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#1 frebie

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 01:20 PM

Currently the list of major door prizes for the hourly giveaways at our September 29 Grand Opening includes:

a $2300 set of TeleVue Ethos eyepieces in a case,

a Meade LS6-ACF 6" LightSwitch go-to scope,

a Celestron NexStar 8SE 8" go-to scope with accessories,

and, just added today, an SBIG ST-i color CCD camera,

with more door prizes to come.

Our thanks to all the manufacturers who will be helping to make the Astronomics Grand Opening the grandest of them all with their presence and their presents. Hope to see you on the 29th.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:29 AM

Might as well piggyback on this post to ask who is going to the grand opening on the 29th . . . the OKC Astronomy Club and Norman North High School Astronomy students will be participating in a star party in downtown Norman that evening, with some solar viewing during the day. It would be interesting to see how many Cloudy Nights devotees from outside the immediate area are making the trek to Norman for the festivities. Question: where are the star party participants to set up during the day and evening? That block in downtown Norman as fairly narriw sidewalks and two-story buildings, so I assume close by?

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:39 PM

I arrive sometime on the evening of the 28th, will be in town till the morning of the 30th.

Cowboy hat will probably not be there. :)

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:03 PM

There are a few areas by the James Garner statue for set up. Reasonable traffic and access to the sky.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:29 PM

Here's a pic of the area Michael refers to just a few doors west of the showroom. Train station in the left background; James Garner statue out of frame to the right. Plenty of room to set up, but not exactly a dark sky site. Oh, well, the Moon will be full that night anyway. It will be nice and quiet when the trains go by at 50 miles per hour 50 feet away, too.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:33 PM

Boy, you have me wishing I could make the 1000+ mile trip there. I could set up with my refractor out there and then mosy over close to the railroad tracks to see an oncoming train. If you want to bring out the kid in me, get me close to a set of railroad tracks. :woohoo: :woohoo: :silly: I also wish I could be up there to get my crack at "winning" the LS 6" or SE 8".

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:20 AM

I still plan to be there and may bring a non astronomical friend who is an engineer so may well had to the amount of drool the objects d'art will require safety screens for.
For Mike and especially Fred: would there be interest in simple display of a C-8 purchased from Fred by me in December of 1981, as an example of early salel? Facts are I still own it, still use it, still like it. I'll bring it if you are interested. If I do, it will bear a sigh,: Not for Sale or Trade in. Historical purposes only."
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 06:01 PM

Re 1981 C8, PM sent.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 06:09 PM

The latest addition to the list of prizes is a $2000 retail Explore Scientific ES127 5" ED triplet apochromatic refractor. Yummie. I may have to enter the prize drawing myself. Over $10,000 in door prizes being given away at the Astronomics grand opening September 29 from 9am to 6pm.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:51 AM

Any live web camera feeds happening at the Grand Opening?

Some of us live a little too far away to be there in person ;)

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:23 PM

445 miles for me. IF I am off this weekend, me and my son will be heading up Friday night. Not getting my hopes up though.
But sounds like a few people will leave VERY happy. :grin:

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:26 PM

What a good idea (live web cam).

I would love to see the grand opening. :)

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 05:12 PM

A webcam sounds like a great idea...a door prize for all of us who cannot attend!

edit...POST 1000!!!!!

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 06:27 PM

Congrats to astronomics on this milestone! Many of us have enjoyed your service and products throughout the years,let alone this website.I'm in southern Fl and cannot possibly attend but I would like to.I hope your success continues to move you to new achievements and milestones. It's a pleasure to see you accomplish so much!

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:57 PM

We had thought about the webcam, however we will probably do a documentary and get it posted ASAP instead.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:47 AM

Alas, the proverbial last minute "thing" has come up and I will not be able to attend. Maybe I can still get to Norman and see the store in a few months. Good luck for a grand grand opening and at least I still have the C-8 I bought at Astronomics back in December, 1981. Still have it, still use it still like it!
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:02 AM

Is there any kind of timeline or schedule for events on Saturday?

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 11:25 AM

Not really. The event is just the event. The Manufacturer reps are here all day. Solar observation should be going on all day, weather permitting, and lunar observation will be going on until around 10ish.

Hourly drawings for smaller prizes, then the big guns get drawn for at 5.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 12:36 AM

Are you opening at the regular 10 a.m. time on Saturday, 9/29? What time will the store close on 9/29, as well. I saw usual hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, just wondering if that still holds for the Grand Opening? Thanks, and looking forward to my first visit to a real bricks and mortar astronomy store!

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:01 AM

Wayne Reynolds and I will drive up for the day on Saturday morning from DFW.
Is there anyone else in the area that would like to ride along?

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:39 AM

We are open at 9am and close really at 10pm when the moon observation will be finished.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:11 AM

To all of Astronomics staff: Congratulations on your Grand Opening, wish all of us could be there to help you celebrate!

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 10:57 AM

Great news. I was just told that we will be shutting in the well for the weekend!!

Hopefully get off early and get my son outta school early tomorrow and head up there tomorrow afternoon. If all goes to plan, it should be a great weekend. Just a 7 hour drive. :grin:

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 10:57 AM

For those coming by during our grand opening, and who might feel peckish during their visit, attached is a map of the restaurants in our immediate area. Here's a list of the restaurants and their food types:

Benvenuti’s Restaurante: upscale Italian food, 105 West Main, 310-5271
Bison Witches Bar & Deli: sandwiches, soups, salads, 211 East Main, 364-7555
Blu Fine Wine & Food: international, 201 South Crawford, 321-2739
Coach’s: brewhouse, pizza, burgers, sports bar, 110 West Main, 321-2739
The Diner: seen on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” TV show,
American diner food, chili, 213 East Main, 329-6642
Fancy That: international cuisine, 215 East Main, 307-0541
Full Moon Sushi: nearly 100 sushi rolls, 326 East Main, 701-1800
The Garage: burgers, tacos, bar food, 307 East Main, 701-7035
McNellie’s Abner Ale House: Irish pub food, burgers, sandwiches, 121 East Main, 928-5801
Michaelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar: panini, pizza, 207 East Main, 579-3387
Ole Town Gyros & Kabob: Greek, Mediterranean, 402 East Main, 447-0884
Sergio’s Italian Bistro: Italian, pizza, 104 East Gray, 573-7707
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine: upscale Thai food, 211 West Main, 217-8424
Syrup: breakfast/lunch boutique (close at 2pm), 123 East Main, 701-1143
Tarahumara’s Mexican Café: Mexican, Tex-Mex, 702 North Porter, 360-8070
Tres Taqueria y Cantina: Latin American, Spanish, 305 East Main, 701-8282
Van’s Pig Stand: barbeque, 320 North Porter, 364-0600

The map also shows the two main parking lots just west of our store. There is also curbside parking on many of the streets in our area and two large bank/courthouse parking lots within a block or two of us which should be empty on Saturday afternoon.

We'll open at 9am and stay open until 10pm if the weather permits observing in the evening (it's predicted to be cloudy Saturday night, unfortunately).

We'll start hourly drawings for small giveaways, like binoculars and such, at about 11am. The drawings for the Celestron NexStar 8, Explore Scientific ED127, Meade LS6-ACF, and TeleVue Ethos eyepiece giveaways will take place between 5pm and 6pm, so that everyone who comes in all day long has a chance to enter the drawings and win.

You have to attend the grand opening to get a raffle ticket for the drawings, but you don't have to be present to win any of the prizes.

There will be small freebies from Celestron and TeleVue being given away (beanies, Frisbees, etc) while quantities last. Reps from Celestron, Explore Scientific, Lunt, and TeleVue will be on hand to chat and answer questions. Should be a fun day.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 11:25 AM

Allmost 900 miles one way... Oh I am so very tempted...






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