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#1 Gil V

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:21 PM

I sent a lengthy (14 page) article about my time as a Criterion employee (1978-1985).

Anyone know how long it takes for articles to get approved? I think the forum regulars might really enjoy it.

Thanks,

Gil

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:59 PM

I look forward to it!!

Can you post snippets of your experiences there? We'd love to hear about them!

-Tim.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:12 PM

Me too! Hope your article is up soon.

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#4 Gil V

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:41 PM

I'm optimistic, but haven't got confirmation E-mail yet. I included half a dozen photos of the shop.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

Hi Gill, I'm also looking forward to reading it, Mark Swanson told me you were doing it.
BTW I love my MINT 1976 Criterion Dynamax DX6. it has Great Optics

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#6 Ducky62

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:43 PM

Wow. Can't wait to read it.

#7 Gil V

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:50 PM

That's a nice looking 6" scope, there. Those scopes have a near focus of like 10 feet - long distance microscopes!!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:56 PM


Super!

one 10", 3 RV-6 (I think), Dynamax8, shelf of the eyepieces (still missing 3 or so), some accessories, and looking forward to the article.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

Gil,
Like all other responders I'm really looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments.A couple of years ago I submitted a review that showed up a few weeks later.Hopefully we'll see yours soon!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

The article may not answer the types of questions that you may have, but when it gets published, if anything comes to mind, just ask.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:24 PM

I'm looking forward to it too Gil. Glad to have you here. I'm sure a few questions will be coming your way.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

Gil,
Very much looking forward to your article. If you post a few paragraphs here I'm sure you'll find some eager readers. I'd be curious about how things were inside Criterion during the change of owners and the West Hartford vs. East Hartford facilities.

Bob G,
Tolland, CT

#13 Gil V

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:10 AM

That's exactly what my piece is about - from the point of view of an enthusiast, what my impression of the sale of the company was like. Along with as many details as I could remember about optical and mechanical fabrication.

Got the Cloudy Nights E-mail confirmation this morning, so I'm optimistic about publication. The group here was my target audience - so this is the best place for posting of the piece.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

That should be fun to read! Did you hear some interesting history of the early years too? (that would also be fascinating to me.)

Regards, Jason H.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:39 PM

You were there a little after my time. I was there around 1968 as a 13 year old to get my first scope with my dad. Talk about a candy store for geeks. Scopes, mirrors, machine tools, shop smells. Ahh!

Jim

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:22 PM

Gil, now I know why you asked.

I actually used a Golden Pyramid Tripod for my C-8 once it was out of the observatory. I really like it (only issues I had was lat adj, but a turnbuckle handles that and a spreader that broke one spur and I replaced it with one from a Celestron tripod when I got back into things.) and recently picked up another in very good condition.
Can't wait to see the article.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

Can't wait
I have. 4 inch reflector
8 inch Schmidt

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

I wonder if it went through? They usually process them quicker than this, You might want to re-submit it.
Or at least PM a Moderator to nudge the process along.
I love the Index card story...

#19 Gil V

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:58 PM

Are you referring to how we kept a record of each scope's optical performance on index cards? How did you hear about that?

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:01 PM

Hi, new member here. Can't wait to read your article! I have a B&L Criterion 4000 that rewards me with razor sharp images - after aligning the secondary mirror and collimating it - definately a keeper.

Bern

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

Looking forward to the read. I own both the RV-6 and RV-8...their optics are unreal.

Charles

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:42 AM

Gil's article is finally up!

Off for a good read now.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

Excellent article!!!

-Tim.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

Nice to hear their story - from an insider.

I have only one Criterion product - a 4" Dynascope. While produced before Gil's time there, I can almost imagine that the shop didn't change much.

Thanks for the story, Gil!

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:23 PM

Interesting article. It's a shame this sort of thing is no longer economically viable, America could use more mom and pop enterprises but it's all overseas now. I have a 4000 and its a usable scope. Ive always wanted to buy a decent tripid with a wedge for it but I cant bring myself to spend the money on it as it seemed a silly investment all things considered.






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