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#1 MikeBOKC

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:57 PM

I am sure the owners of this site will post a report on today's events, but herewith some happy impressions:

-- 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 - 07:29 PM

Not to keep Mike waiting.....

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:31 PM

This shot is during one of the quieter times, I think right after lunch.

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#4 MikeBOKC

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:36 PM

Thanks Ron, great to meet you . . . and as he promised earlier he did not wear his cowboy hat!

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:43 PM

I envy or feel sorry for those of you that live close to such a nice store. I am glad I made the drive out to see the nice place that always sends me such nice things when I order them over the net. One thing for sure seeing that big SCT 14 on that CGEM pro mount was impressive, truly a monster. I was the big guy wearing the Alaska baseball cap and carrying the flying ring. Thanks again for a great event.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:50 PM

Oh that is a big help Ralph! Half the people there had flying rings. :poke:

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:05 PM

Thought you would like that. I was also wearing a big grey beard and grey camo pants, I get mistaken for santa sometimes.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:27 PM

Ralph and Ron, it was great visiting with yall. Mike, I was the guy in the Texas Longhorn shirt. Im sure had a few people talkin about it. Haha.
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.

#9 MikeBOKC

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:45 PM

You mean you made it to the border alive Smitty? See we aer tolerant people.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:49 PM

Couple 'o pano pics to share ...

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:50 PM

2nd ...

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:51 PM

From the back of the showroom.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:51 PM

... and finally the eyepiece 'bar' - Fred's behind the counter.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:27 PM

I really enjoyed attending the grand opening today. I came down with my nephew and niece and stayed for about two-and-a-half hours. It was too bad that none of the people who won the drawings at the end of the day weren't present, but that's how luck will have it sometimes. I especially enjoyed seeing some of John Davis' astrophotography. Congratulations to Astronomics on such a great new store. I wish I could have met some of the CN members there.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 01:19 AM

Just made it home. Through all the rain, near misses, more rain, wrecks and more rain, 502 miles later. Had a fantastic day. Now time for sleep. Thanks Astronomics for a very memorable weekend!!

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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!

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:58 AM

From the back of the showroom.

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:poke: Just look at that edge of field by the eyepiece shelves. :bigshock: What eyepiece were you using?

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:03 AM

thanks for showing me what I missed yesterday
but
some other day

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:04 AM

Did anyone politely ask? :praying: .. um pester? :4.. er um rough up :getem: the Explore Scientific representative to find out about the new 100° 25mm and 5.5mm eyepieces :question: ;)

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:24 AM

great event. i wanted to buy everything - good thing i had adult supervision. here are a few pics.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:26 AM

here are a couple more:

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:27 AM

and finally:

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 08:12 AM

Wife and I had a great time. Its truely a beautiful place and it was definately worth the drive out. Those who didnt get to go I recommend you see it sometime.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:18 AM

It was a great day even with all the rain.
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.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 12:31 PM

Those scopes are sooooo nice! :drool5:






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