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Den Mama
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: rmollise]
      #5465094 - 10/11/12 10:14 AM

Lumicon is under new ownership.

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starrancher
Carpal Tunnel
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Loc: Northern Arizona
Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: rmollise]
      #5465445 - 10/11/12 02:09 PM

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starrancher
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: starrancher]
      #5465457 - 10/11/12 02:15 PM

And the 54 year old 60mmX910mm Tasco 7T is a cherished gem on a GEM .

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5465461 - 10/11/12 02:19 PM

Quote:

Pretty much all 10" scopes will fit into the back seat of a midsize or larger car; although there may be some compacts it won't fit.




These days that is pretty much true but only because when Orion designed the XT-10, they made sure that they fit in the back of most any car you could buy... How many other 10 inch Dobs/Newts are there that are not derived from the XT-10?

I remember walking into OPT and seeing the Discovery 10 inch F/6... that was before the XT-10 was available... The Discover was a beautiful scope but a very large scope, it's about 64 inches long... it's not going to easily fit in a mid-sized car...

Jon


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Chucky
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5466456 - 10/12/12 07:53 AM

My 10 inch F6 takes a SUV or mini van with the seats out. I transport it with a Honda Element.

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careysub
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Loc: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5467043 - 10/12/12 04:35 PM

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amicus sidera
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: careysub]
      #5467562 - 10/12/12 11:48 PM



Applied the foregoing to modern-day astronomical equipment, yes, the current crop of go-to telescopes and other instruments are "snazzier" in many respects than the older instruments, and granted, their optics tend to be less "individual" due to their primarily machine-made nature, but nevertheless I would posit that the old Parks, Cave, Optical Craftsmen, Edmund and similar instruments will be fully operational 100 years from now; the LX-200's and similar instruments, not so much...

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ed_turco
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5468093 - 10/13/12 11:13 AM

I bought an early 70s Edmund 6" reflector and found the optics to be exceptionally good. This baby will definitely be around pleasing observers in 200 years.

And with no bells and whistles Just great optics!


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csrlice12
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: ed_turco]
      #5468656 - 10/13/12 05:18 PM

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starrancher
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Loc: Northern Arizona
Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5468687 - 10/13/12 05:45 PM

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Carpal Tunnel
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Loc: Glenview, IL
Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: starrancher]
      #5468838 - 10/13/12 08:03 PM

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jsiska
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: tecmage]
      #5468914 - 10/13/12 08:52 PM

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Ira
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Loc: Mitzpe Ramon, Israel
Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: jsiska]
      #5468936 - 10/13/12 09:07 PM

I bought some colored filters from Parks about 10 years ago. They still work great and do a nice job chilling beer at the same time.

/Ira


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starrancher
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: Ira]
      #5468947 - 10/13/12 09:15 PM

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starrancher
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: starrancher]
      #5468972 - 10/13/12 09:30 PM

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Carpal Tunnel
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: starrancher]
      #5469017 - 10/13/12 10:21 PM

This thread was closed for a few days so we could remove and edit off-topic posts. This thread will stay open as long as posts stay on topic.

thanks,
Richard

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Carpal Tunnel
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: tecmage]
      #5474034 - 10/16/12 09:04 PM

Bump

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starrancher
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: tecmage]
      #5474212 - 10/16/12 11:31 PM



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auriga
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Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: drollere]
      #5479302 - 10/19/12 06:53 PM

Quote:

Quote:

The niche Parks/Scope City seemed to fill was that of the vendor out of touch with the changing needs of the amateur astronomer. I suspect that those large GEM mounted Newtonians just took up floor space and were never sold.




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Quote:

Jon, my remarks were meant to taken as tongue-in-cheek, as indicated by the "wink" icon I placed at the end... yet I see that in the text you quoted, my comments end with a "smirk" instead.




wow, i did not know there was a subtext of emoticon etiquette. it's all "dancing baloney" to me, as the designers at yahoo used to call 'em. the text versions seem much more accurate and are fully reproducible. ;-)

still, there's no text emoticon that captures the spirit of mr. dancing banana. i love that guy!




I like the dancing banana emoticon too. In fact I like all the emoticons, they compensate for the poverty of the English language.

Actually, English is not my native language. Like many people, I don't have a native language.

Bill


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Glen A W
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Reged: 07/04/08

Loc: USA
Re: parks on the ropes new [Re: rmollise]
      #5479328 - 10/19/12 07:14 PM

Sorry to hear about it. Everything changes, but I had always wanted one of those 12.5 Cassegrains. I would have bought one four years ago, but the 24 month time quoted worried me. I remember so well looking at their ads back in the 80's. I mean, those telescopes were TELESCOPES, rigs so big you could sleep in them..... I'm glad Lumocon might be saved, as their stuff was top notch. GW

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