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rmollise
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Starman27]
      #5122195 - 03/14/12 03:43 PM

edited by admin

Edited by Greg K. (03/14/12 09:52 PM)


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rob cos.
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: rmollise]
      #5122330 - 03/14/12 05:24 PM

edited by admin

Edited by Greg K. (03/14/12 09:51 PM)


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BDS316
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: rob cos.]
      #5122341 - 03/14/12 05:38 PM

I was a pre-med in college in the early 80's and the school had a C8, which at that time was the largest scope that I had ever used. My first view of the GRS was through that scope.

Edited by Greg K. (03/14/12 09:50 PM)


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Remy Bosio
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: BDS316]
      #5122353 - 03/14/12 05:46 PM

Great man,did good work,nice long run. Can't ask for more than that! Following seas Tom!

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rmollise
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: ahlberto]
      #5122427 - 03/14/12 06:39 PM

edited by admin

Edited by Greg K. (03/14/12 09:56 PM)


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RoadsterGirlie
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: rmollise]
      #5122460 - 03/14/12 06:53 PM

edited by admin

Edited by Greg K. (03/14/12 09:53 PM)


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seryddwr
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: rmollise]
      #5122461 - 03/14/12 06:53 PM

edited by admin

Edited by Greg K. (03/14/12 09:57 PM)


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RoadsterGirlie
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5122466 - 03/14/12 06:54 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Johnson at PATS in September of 2010. He was so very humble for a man who inspired so many.

R.I.P. Tom. I will be thinking of you the next time I'm out with my C8.


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thomas68
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: RoadsterGirlie]
      #5122703 - 03/14/12 09:03 PM

Tom, thanks for everything you've done for astronomy.

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: ahlberto]
      #5122782 - 03/14/12 09:56 PM

Ditto..,

What a legacy! I'm sure my thoughts will turn to Mr. Johnson whenever I fire up a Cat..,

Thanks for the heads up, ahlberto

Regards,

skybsd


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Greg K.Administrator

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: skybsd]
      #5122797 - 03/14/12 10:07 PM

Do to, um, popular request, this thread has been moved back to cats & casses. I've also made it a sticky thread for the time being. I assure you that no disrespect was intended in moving it, it was simply following the usual procedure for this sort of thing.

BTW, I've also had to delete posts in this thread complaining about it being moved, as not in keeping with the memorial nature of the thread. Let's keep it to that now, please, and don't reply with a comment to this post either.

Thanks.


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woodsman
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Greg K.]
      #5122919 - 03/14/12 11:16 PM

I still have the original C8 I purchased in late '78. Like others, I drooled over the advertisements, and finally saved enough to but it. It was $709 back then, but I've gotten more enjoyment from that purchase than I could have ever imagined. All thanks to the ambition and brilliant imagination of one single individual. Tom Johnson was a true visionary.

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Jim Rosenstock
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: woodsman]
      #5123010 - 03/15/12 12:34 AM

Quote:

What a tremendous accomplishment and contribution to modern Amateur astronomy that one man made. RIP Mr. Johnson, and thanks for everything you did for the rest of us. Many of us will forever be in your debt.




+1

A pioneer.

Jim


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CrazyCanuck
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Starman27]
      #5123068 - 03/15/12 01:13 AM

RIP, you've made great contributions to this great hobby.

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JoeR
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: ahlberto]
      #5123258 - 03/15/12 07:35 AM

I watched the video over at Celestron "The Path of Light". A brilliant man and a huge contribution to amateur astronomy.

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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: JoeR]
      #5123340 - 03/15/12 08:49 AM

The Celestron brand is one of the major reasons this hobby has the number of amateur astronomers it does. My '81 C8 is a wonderful instrument and is still in use today.

Thank you Mr Johnson.


Arizona Ken


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orion61

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #5123357 - 03/15/12 09:00 AM

Just to think All this came about just because he couldn'd find a decent telescope for his children. I guess we all are his kids in a small way.
RIP Tom, from all your Sons and Daughters from all over the world.


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seigell
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: orion61]
      #5123543 - 03/15/12 10:40 AM

There'll be a lot of folks inspired by or using his gear looking up at the heavens, just in case he makes his debut at a visible magnitude...

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Ira
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: seigell]
      #5123594 - 03/15/12 11:09 AM

They should name something celestial after him.

/Ira


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Vondragonnoggin
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5123681 - 03/15/12 12:05 PM

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Very interesting video about Tom's life and contribution to our hobby. There was a lot there I'd never heard before.

Here's the Link

Patrick




Thanks for the link. I was just going to post links to the YouTube part 1 and part 2 videos, but didn't want repeat efforts.

I think everyone should watch this. What an amazing person he was.



R.I.P.


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