Whatever happened to Edmund Scientific?
Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:01 AM
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are all originating from the olde favorite of ours from the 60's - 70's.
At one time knew the history of the company but I can't remember anything. I would like a refresher so hopefully someone will log in and fill us in on the above 3 links.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:53 PM
At one time knew the history of the company but I can't remember anything. Robert
I get more and more like that every day.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:13 PM
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:51 AM
Us kids would build things based on what opportunity was given to us.
If I came into some big money from mowing a lawn I would buy a surplus lens or two from Edmund.
A new house in the neighborhood meant it was "tree fort time".
A real goldmine was when someone threw out their television. We would work on one of those for weeks and strip it of everything down to the bare chassis, and build radios and Tesla coils and all kinds of electronic coolness.
We liked refrigerators for the motors and the compressor if it still worked, and we would build all kinds of things. I sort of remember a book or mag called "Science Experimenter", oh boy I can't believe I remembered that, I might even still have that book, yes it was a book if I remember correctly.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:11 AM
I still recall purchasing my first Erfle eyepiece from them in the 50's. I believe that it came from a tank, or some such, and was decidedly oversized for use in THE standard 1.25" eyepiece holders of the time (only Unitron had a 2" and that only on their biggest scope). Edmunds fabricated and sold an adapter that brought the 2" or so lens' diameter down to fit your eyepience holder, but who knows just how much field illumination was lost in the process!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:28 AM
Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:02 AM
When I was a kid in the 70s, I used to get these great B&W catalogs stuffed with stuff-- from astronomy to chemistry to magic to toys. Then I recall the catalog went glossy and downsized. No more new-old stock rubber stoppers, test tubes, or nuts and bolts. When did they finally go kaput?
They didn't go kaput. They sold off the consumer part of the company, who continues to sell amateur astronomy products under the name "Scientifics."
The truth is, however, that the heyday you remember ended with the 70s as far as astronomy. When Norman E. retired, his son, who took over the business, decided to deemphasize astronomy. Probably a wise decision, since the market was changing radically. This was the time that Edmund's competitors--Criterion and a whole bunch more--went into the soup.
Edmund Scientific is still around, selling mostly to schools and universities...I got one of their (still big) catalogs in my box a while back. Not much astro related in it, though. The RKE eyepieces, which they still sell, are advertised as MICROSCOPE EYEPIECES.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:04 AM
You can say that again. Their prices are outrageous,
But they are not any different, and are actually lower than many of the similar outfits in the business--which is selling to universities, mostly. I get all the catalogs since I teach in a physics department, and, believe me, some of 'em make the Edmund stuff seem like an absolute bargain.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:09 AM
Off topic slightly, Edmund Scientific/Optics optics are being used in metrology testing of JWST structures under a simulated flight environment.
Not many companies bridge that kind of gap from possibly the first telescope you looked through to assisting in the performance of telescopes that haven't launched yet.
Besides; the best darn pier legs for classic ATMer's ever mass produced!
Ok, off the soap box now.
Love this forum as well!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:12 PM
I still use my Edmund mount for a reason, its a dang good mount!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:19 PM
They had the coolest little aluminum disks that you clicked the center in, and laid it on a counter.....the aluminum contracted and PING..the little disk popped 3 feet into the air!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:00 PM
Wow........am I really this old? I remember those metallic jumping discs also..... If I remember correctly, you could get them with your company logo on them. I loved those things when I was a kid.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:58 PM
Did anybody ever order the giant weather balloon. The one in the catalog photograph that was a tall as the house it was nest to
I got the 8 foot balloon. I inflated with a shop vacuum in the basement of my
parents house. It hit something sharp & popped. They put a bunch of talcum powder
in them to keep it from sticking to itself when deflated. Everything in the basement
was covered with powder when it popped. My parents were not amused.
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