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ahlberto
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Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89
      #5120635 - 03/13/12 05:41 PM

Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 .The news here .
A irreplaceable loss for the astronomy world.
RIP mr Johnson


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tmbuser6
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: ahlberto]
      #5120643 - 03/13/12 05:45 PM

I am genuinely sad to hear that. He changed the face of our hobby forever with his Celestronic-20 and everything that followed.

Wayne


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: tmbuser6]
      #5120705 - 03/13/12 06:23 PM

There is a video about Tom Johnson's contribution to astronomy on Celestron's website. It is located at the end of the announcement of his passing.

Click on 'Company Info' and then on the right hand side under 'Latest News'.

Stan

Edited by RTLR 12 (03/13/12 06:26 PM)


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5120788 - 03/13/12 07:25 PM

RIP Sir.

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5120820 - 03/13/12 07:45 PM

Just heard myself. Don't know what to say. A giant has left us...

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5120822 - 03/13/12 07:46 PM

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.

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: woodsman]
      #5120873 - 03/13/12 08:13 PM

RIP Tom. Your legacy will live on...

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: tjay]
      #5120877 - 03/13/12 08:18 PM

There are few people who did more to make astronomy available to the masses than Tom. He reached up and brought the stars within our grasp.

-Matt


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: bykhed]
      #5120888 - 03/13/12 08:28 PM

My fondest respects for a person who truly changed the face of modern amateur astronony to say nothing of imaging. He was a great man.

Pete


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5120899 - 03/13/12 08:36 PM

Quote:

There is a video about Tom Johnson's contribution to astronomy on Celestron's website. It is located at the end of the announcement of his passing.




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


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5120922 - 03/13/12 08:49 PM

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/home/Tom-Johnson-xxxx1502012-142534025.html

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: swalker]
      #5121063 - 03/13/12 10:40 PM

My deepest respects to a man who changed the face of amateur astronomy forever.

First Norman Edmund, now Tom Johnson... the old guard is departing, it would seem.


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: swalker]
      #5121073 - 03/13/12 10:44 PM

Sad news indeed.

Thanks for everything Tom.
Your telescopes have inspired so many people to look to the stars.

Steve


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: stevew]
      #5121098 - 03/13/12 10:56 PM

What a contribution he made to this passion we call amateur astronomy.

Charles


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: ahlberto]
      #5121365 - 03/14/12 06:22 AM

Amateur Astronomy has lost a giant.

Rich (RLTYS)


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5121993 - 03/14/12 02:00 PM

Sorry to hear this. His contributions to amateur astronomy are enormous.

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Greg K.]
      #5122111 - 03/14/12 03:07 PM

Every night he will be remembered by hundreds of amateur astronomers when they are looking through their SCT's. Tom made them affordable and popular.We owe him much.
RIP
Roger
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: RogerLaureys]
      #5122136 - 03/14/12 03:14 PM

Very sad to be losing the people that have contributed so much for our passion.



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ahlberto
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: RogerLaureys]
      #5122163 - 03/14/12 03:25 PM

edited by admin

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: ahlberto]
      #5122168 - 03/14/12 03:27 PM

RIP Tom and thank you for your life and the gift you gave to the astronomy community through your thought and creativity.

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

Quote:


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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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Starman27]
      #5123719 - 03/15/12 12:27 PM

May the One who placed the stars welcome Tom to his new home and comfort his family.

Tom's efforts made great astronomy affordable for everyone.


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Starman27]
      #5123817 - 03/15/12 01:15 PM

R.I.P Sir

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Starman27]
      #5123823 - 03/15/12 01:18 PM

R.I.P. Sir !

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Ira]
      #5124472 - 03/15/12 08:30 PM

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They should name something celestial after him.

/Ira



They have...there is an asteroid that bears his name.

best,


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Alan S]
      #5124568 - 03/15/12 10:07 PM

R.I.P. Tom.

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: MMICKELS]
      #5124733 - 03/16/12 12:25 AM

Great vision...
Great dream...
Great advocate of ameteur astronomy...
Thank You Tom! For my SCT's and all they joy they have brought me.


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Alan S]
      #5124737 - 03/16/12 12:30 AM

Quote:

Quote:

They should name something celestial after him.

/Ira



They have...there is an asteroid that bears his name.

best,




Do you know any more about it? Like its RA/DA.. I hope it's visible with an 8" SCT.. Otherwise THEY screwed up


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #5124798 - 03/16/12 01:29 AM

I was fortunate to get a tour of their factory in 1981 while my C-8 was cleaned and adjusted. Tom was a gentleman and I was surprised that "Da Pres" was giving me a tour. His enthusiasm was quite obvious.

RIP Tom.


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5125600 - 03/16/12 02:25 PM

"When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

Rest in peace. Thank you for all you have given to us and the generations to come. At God's side may you be enjoying the universe unfold like you could never imagine before!

The Path of Light: Episode 1 - a documentary celebrating astronomy, telescope making and human ingenuity.


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #5126397 - 03/16/12 11:43 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

They should name something celestial after him.

/Ira



They have...there is an asteroid that bears his name.

best,




Do you know any more about it? Like its RA/DA.. I hope it's visible with an 8" SCT.. Otherwise THEY screwed up




I am told it is asteroid 12919 Tomjohnson (1998 VB6)...not too many recently discovered asteroids are easy targets in an 8 inch scope, unfortunately.

use this JPL link to get the data By searching on 12919


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: ahlberto]
      #5126800 - 03/17/12 10:37 AM

Tom was to amateur astronomy what Steve Jobs was to personal computing. He was a visionary who changed the game, offering new ideas and paradigms that affected large numbers of customers in a lasting and fundamental way. Tom's passing marks the end of an era.

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: ahlberto]
      #5126811 - 03/17/12 10:43 AM

Two years ago I acquired a Classic 8 at a local swap meet. Even through I have many telescopes, that old-school, equatorial-fork-mounted 8 SCT is one of my favorites. It lives in the trunk of my Honda Civic sedan, always ready to go. I do a lot of outreach and I've found it to be excellent for that purpose -- Tom Johnson's original telescope design will continue to surprise and delight for years to come, I'm sure.

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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5127413 - 03/17/12 05:49 PM

Quote:

I was fortunate to get a tour of their factory in 1981 while my C-8 was cleaned and adjusted. Tom was a gentleman and I was surprised that "Da Pres" was giving me a tour. His enthusiasm was quite obvious.

RIP Tom.



=======================================================

That must have been quite the experience? The contributions that he made to astronomy are huge, it is hard to find the proper words as they all sound so small... I am truly saddened by his passing and my best wishes go out to his family...

R.I.P. Mr. Johnson, you will be missed by many...


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Alan S]
      #5127836 - 03/17/12 11:29 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

They should name something celestial after him.

/Ira



They have...there is an asteroid that bears his name.

best,




Do you know any more about it? Like its RA/DA.. I hope it's visible with an 8" SCT.. Otherwise THEY screwed up





I am told it is asteroid 12919 Tomjohnson (1998 VB6)...not too many recently discovered asteroids are easy targets in an 8 inch scope, unfortunately.

use this JPL link to get the data By searching on 12919



I found This data It says The absolute magnitude of the asteroid is 13.7... 14 is the limiting magnitude for the 8" SCT. Not easy by any means, but not impossible


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #5129276 - 03/18/12 08:25 PM

I never met Tom even though I was a Celestron dealer in the early 80's. But I did meet his work and was constantly impressed so maybe, in a way, I did meet Tom.

Eternal rest to you and thank you so very much Tom.

Jeff


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Jeff B]
      #5130055 - 03/19/12 10:20 AM

You know, it's a fine thing to be able to say someone did what Tom did: he breathed new life into amateur astronomy, and professional astronomy as well. His telescopes made it to every corner of the earth and have a foothold above. He produced new hardware, better hardware, and made it available to everyone. This wasn't work to turn a quick buck; it was to get the gear out there. And that made the difference. And it did produce jobs, inspire kids to become scientists and engineers instead of failed wanna be rock stars, and moved the bar for better equipment as well.

He made the world a better place.

Well done, Tom.

-Rich


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: BigC]
      #5135991 - 03/22/12 06:33 PM

Hi All,

First time poster here just out of respect/admiration for the loss of Tom Johnson.

Reading his history starting out with Valor Electronics and ending
with a visonary manufactuer of sct telescopes from it's glorious
Celestron Pacific to it's present day giant.

On a more humbling note I'm picking up a 1975 immaculate condition vintage Celestron Pacific C-8 SCT in april, in a way looking through that instrument the spirit of Mr Johnson will be there with me, on those rare nights of perfect seeing wiping my eyes in a wonderful suprise and discovery I can all most here him say "Kid that's what can be seen with the heart and soul working togeather.

Can't wait till April and be a kid again.

Best,

Lance M Appel


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Rustie
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: astro_1959]
      #5238437 - 05/25/12 06:36 AM

As a huge Celestron fan that is very sad news but he had a very good innings, left behind a great legacy and 89 is a good age to reach.

RIP Tom


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      #5247216 - 05/30/12 12:24 PM

God Bless You Tom Johnson.
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Alen K
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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Z28500]
      #5399361 - 09/02/12 10:18 AM

RIP, Tom. What would amateur astronomy be like if the C8 had never happened? FWIW, like many people I have one (OTA only) and it never fails to deliver when I bring it out.

BTW, I selected Tom as the number 2 person who most changed modern amateur astronomy, bested only by John Dobson, in an article I wrote a while back:
http://kw.rasc.ca/Pulsar/Pulsar_Summer_2007.pdf


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Re: Tom Johnson ,Celestron founder dies at age 89 new [Re: Alen K]
      #5471698 - 10/15/12 02:36 PM

After watching the video, it occurred to me that if anyone is deserving of a Congressional Gold Medal (for civilians) Tom is. I think the first people to speak to are the Congressman from his district and the two CA senators. Also we should start an on line petition and get the Astronomy Magazines involved as well. I do think it will be better rec'd after the election though.

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