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DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept

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#1 Red Shift

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:06 PM

After my right leg amputation last year,
neither I or my wife are able to transport the OTA and/or Base outside anymore. Just Too heavy / cumbersome to carry down the back steps and accross the lawn.

Our good friends live in PA, and one of them is a Principal at a school. I donated my Reflector scope to them. They will be able to use the scope in their Science - Physics department for Astronomy.

Hopefully it will have a positive influence.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:20 PM

Bless you.I hope you can stillobserve with another scope.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:44 PM

I concur! I applaud your generosity and I'm sure here's going to be kids who not only will appreciate it, but it may important to them. I too hope that you can still observe with a scope more easily moved.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:33 PM

Good job man. Now's the time for a permanent mount.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:38 PM

I hope you are doing well. I know your gift to the school will have a positive influence on many kids. Hopefully you can still enjoy the night sky with another scope that you can manage easily.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:12 PM

That is a great gift for a school and I am sure it will get some great use. Hopefully it will inspire many students to take up astronomy.

Also, don't forget about taking the potential tax deduction if you itemize your deductions and the school qualifies!

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:54 PM

What a nice thing for you do have done Greg. I hope things get better for you.

#8 Red Shift

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:23 PM

Yes, I have a new refractor - an Astro-Tech AT106 that along with the Desert Sky Alt-Az tripod & mount weighs about half of what the Orion did.

My friends gave me a tax-credit letter.

Yeah, a permanent pier - what a great idea !

I'm now up to walking on my computerized prosthetic leg using forearm crutches ( sometimes still use a 4-leg walker ). I need to nag my wife ( for a change ) to take this stuff out back so I can set it up and take a peek.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:57 PM

Speaking as a practicing high school science teacher- "Thank you!". I'd gladly help you out with your new rig if I were closer. Here's hoping you have countless clear nights ahead.

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