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Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:16 AM

From a friend's facebook feed:

Peter Smitka the founder of Mag1 Instruments passed away a few days ago from complications related to leukemia. He popularized the porta ball telescopes. These telescopes are similar to regular dobsonians but ride on a ball type mount with no axis. He made numerous appearances at old astrofest and once gave a talk at our astronomy club the Northwest Suburban Astronomers. He later sold the company but his innovations in telescope building live on today. RIP Peter.


There is a thread here.

Peter was a great guy and will be missed.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:21 AM

For those interested, Allister St. Claire did a visit to Mag 1 a few years back. The article can be found here:

http://www.cloudynig...hp?item_id=1306






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