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#26 Preston Smith

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:15 PM

Hi Preston

Please pm me with your phone number so we can talk.

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Done! ;)

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 07:13 AM

Just wanted everyone to know things are still on track for the Classic Telescope booth at NEAF 2014. I spent some time on the phone with Preston talking about the event two years ago and got a lot of information about the event and lots of good ideas on how to improve it. Preston will be helping on the sidelines which I welcome a lot.

I am still looking for design ideas for the banner signs that will be used in the booth. I also am looking for a local tee-shirt shop to do a "special" classic telescope T-shirt for those participating in the booth. I believe I've worked up a design for that and that may carry over to the banner. I would like to get as many T-shirts as (people) x (days worked). I don't want anyone doing laundry in their hotel room! So if you work 2 days, you will get 2 T-shirts. Design to follow soon.

Maybe Jon could chime in on the telescope plan. Preston is sending us his floor plan powerpoint file to help layout the 2 booths.

Organizers for the event are really not up and running at this early date, so we have little information from them other than we will have 2 booths. I want to add electric and internet for slideshow presentations and something Preston came up with, for "live posting" from the show to a thread here. Won't that be scary!

So things are still churning as we approach the spring event. I am looking forward to making this happen for our group.

Please post ideas here or if you participated last year or attended, give us your thoughts on how things can be improved.

thanks

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 07:26 AM

For the banner I was thinking of lettering like one would see on ads from the 1920's or so. At the beginning could be an image of some equatorially mounted classic refractor. At the end a nice image of a reflector(Cave perhaps?). In order not to slight the cat people there could be tiny images of sandcast C8's dotting the 'i's.

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 09:44 AM

It would make my life easier of the CNCT booth was next to the ATS booth. And the ATS booth has been near the Stellafane booth which is kind of neat.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 02:32 PM

Here are the people who have contacted me and the scopes I'm planning on them bringing. Most of those on the list have also volunteered other scopes so we have others in reserve if needed.

I plan on finalizing commitments sometime in mid-February 2014.

Tom T.
Cave 10" Cass.

Jon M.
Cave 10" Custom Super Deluxe
Unitron 145C

Gerald E.
Unitron 155C
Unitron 128

Peter B.
Quantum 4
Quantum 6
(I'd love him to bring the Porter Garden Telescope again too)

John H.
Celestron C8
Criterion RV-6

Ray
D&G 5" f/20 (out in Solar Star party)

Albert
Tasco 12TE-5

Jim C.
Unitron 510

Preston S.
Unitron 160

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:40 PM

Tom T

36mm super cave deluxe. :)

(Barry Crist miniature)

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 05:26 PM

Oh, yeah, we have to have at least one of the Crist miniatures there.

Which brings up the subject of the tables. We had 4 tables in the booth in 2012. On them we had a great display of Satellite scopes and a few other smaller scopes. I also had a lot of my classic eyepieces on display. I'm thinking Peter's Quantums would be on a table but we don't have much else committed so far that would be table top items. Of course we could have fewer tables and more floor space if needed. A couple of Questars would be nice. Any other ideas?

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 07:57 PM

Oh, yeah, we have to have at least one of the Crist miniatures there.

Which brings up the subject of the tables. We had 4 tables in the booth in 2012. On them we had a great display of Satellite scopes and a few other smaller scopes. I also had a lot of my classic eyepieces on display. I'm thinking Peter's Quantums would be on a table but we don't have much else committed so far that would be table top items. Of course we could have fewer tables and more floor space if needed. A couple of Questars would be nice. Any other ideas?


The current application for the booths does not say how many tables you get per booth. Last year it did and I believe it was 2/booth. I will have to contact them to verify how many we can get. Of course we can always bring our own, I believe. I have some cave original documentation, like catalogs and letters I can bring. We could also print out some of the old ads run in S&T. I can also build those into a slideshow that can run on my 27" IMac I will be bringing. I thought I would grab a collection of many of the scope images from members of cloudy nights. That could be a nice project for someone out there!

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:04 PM

If you want Crist miniatures I can bring 3 more: a 4" Clark, a Clark comet hunter and a one-off AP 6" Starfire on an AP800 mount,

Peter B.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:28 PM

Oooh, Do you really need an answer?

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:34 PM

A display of classic Crist miniatures - that would be very cool. I'll put those on the list Peter.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 09:26 PM

It's a darn good thing that we are not adding classic ATM scopes to the display. :roflmao:

There wouldn't be any room and I know some of our forum members have old ATM scopes a lot bigger than mine!

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:28 PM

Turk - I have a very complete set of mid-70's Celestron / C8 documentation which I'll be bringing -- including a complete optical test report for my C8, signed by Tom Johnson, with photographs of the tests.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:48 PM

Turk - I have a very complete set of mid-70's Celestron / C8 documentation which I'll be bringing -- including a complete optical test report for my C8, signed by Tom Johnson, with photographs of the tests.

John


Any way you can post or link that test report? That would be some interesting stuff. :bow:

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 01:08 AM

Sure - I have to scan it in, but once that's done, shouldn't be a problem.

John

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:28 PM

Lets hope in sunny so I wont have to squeeze into the booth :grin:

There wouldn't be any room and I know some of our forum members have old ATM scopes a lot bigger than mine!

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:34 PM

It's a darn good thing that we are not adding classic ATM scopes to the display. :roflmao:

There wouldn't be any room and I know some of our forum members have old ATM scopes a lot bigger than mine!


That sounds like a different booth. We may be able to swing another seperate booth for that. :grin:

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:04 AM

Squeeze in! We'll just set it up horizontally and hang the other telescopes from it! :jump:

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 02:42 PM

I can print the banner for nada.

I have a 42" wide hp 800ps printer.

if you go to shutterstock.com you can pick any pics for the background I can down load it to work on.

I like classic scopes. :grin:


Cool video

Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 04:53 PM

I'm gonna try something here. For those of you who want to contribute to the slideshow, just drop your images at this link. It is a dropbox link and will allow large files to be transferred to me. use the largest image files you have for best quality. Let's put together a collection of telescopes and documents that will be displayed on my 27" Imac at the show!

Start dropping files in!


I hope this works.

UPDATE: It does not work! I need to see if I can make a public fodder.

Turk

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 07:46 AM

Is a pristine example of a Jason 313 Discoverer w/all accessories welcome? It's missing the Curt Gowdy tag though. :grin:

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 06:47 PM

Hi Tim,

I currently have two other 60mm models lined up with a third in reserve so I think we are covered on that size scope. Thank you for the offer though.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:27 AM

Cool...I'll stop by the booth and see whats on display!

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:20 AM

Today when I was filling out the forms for the NEAF show, There is a section for a voluntary donation towards the raffle that is held during the show. I thought that maybe we could participate by coming up with a few "classic" beginner scopes (I'm sure we all have one laying around in a box doing nothing!) If we could get a few of you out there to offer them up, I would be happy to pay shipping to me before the show. We could also maybe take the nicest one and offer it up as a raffle in our own booth. It would be a free signup and require the winner to pick up (maybe we get cell phone numbers). We could even do a under 18 required for participation to get it in the hands of a young astronomer.

What are your thoughts?

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 10:59 AM

Hmmmm . . all I hear are crickets! I guess I will start it out.

Here is an Orbit scope and box I will donate to the event:

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