Astronomics Grand Opening -- a report
Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:57 PM
-- Got there at 9 to help set up the OKC Astronomy Club table and people were already in the showroom. I doubt there were less that 20 customers/browsers at any time all day, and at times it was almost overcrowded. A rough estimate is 250 to 350 folks through the doors between 9 and 5, and many stayed for hours.
-- The planned solar viewing and evening star party in downtown Norman were washed out by a steady, interminable rain and low, dense clouds, the kind where you imagine you could poke a hole in them by standing on a short stepladder. I set up my solar rig in the lobby as a static display for the club table, and it whimpered and whined all day, craving solar photons, but it was not to be.
-- I am sure lots of CNers were on hand, but the only one I visited with was Rboe, who kindly snapped a photo of my lonely solar rig. I am sure he will be posting photos here soon.
-- If the rain was any indication, Astronomics was doing a bunch of business all day. Staff was constantly scurrying past our table in the lobby to the warehouse area, then re-emerging with boxes. It looked like just about every eyepiece in North America went out the door today. At one point Fred hurried out with a half-dozen boxes and I said he was going to run out at this rate and he grinned and said "I hope so."
-- It was especially gratifying to visit with some shoppers who were contemplating the purchase of a first telescope, and who were happy to have such a great facility to do it in. Our club signed up several new members, and the enthusiasm level was high, not a surprise when you are surrounded by almost 100 telescopes.
-- The manufacturer reps on hand -- ES, Televue, Celestron etc. -- were busy all day answering questions and demonstrating products. Major drool quotient here . . .
-- Drove home in a steady rain listening to Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, which as you may recall was adpated as the main theme for the movie The Right Stuff, which Astronomics definitely had today.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:27 PM
We are at Jack in the Box just outside Dallas. Almost INVOLVED in 2 accidents due to rain. Decided to stop and eat, should pass by.
Again, great to meet everyone!!
Ron, Ill let you know about the 35mm ep.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:53 AM
... and finally the eyepiece 'bar' - Fred's behind the counter.
Love how the Eyepiece bar turned out!
Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:58 AM
From the back of the showroom.
Just look at that edge of field by the eyepiece shelves. What eyepiece were you using?
Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:03 AM
some other day
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:18 AM
Loved putting faces to names both from Astronomics and Cloudy Nights.
Tried to say hi to Pete but there was always a line at his office door so "Hi Pete" and thanks Astronomics for hosting the MOB.