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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: KeithC]
      #5756179 - 03/25/13 01:09 PM

Weren't those photos that Edmund supplied wonderful? High resolution, too... did anyone notice the satellite scopes in the foreground of the late 50's image, next to the Spitz Jr. planetarium, or the C5 and C8 that was on display alongside Edmund's own telescopes in that 1976 image?

So very pleased that those photos could be obtained for the article, and I'm very happy that you folks enjoyed them!

BigC, if you get a photo of your scope, send it along anyway, the more the merrier!

James, are there many Edmund telescopes extant in Scotland, that you know of? I recall that they were sold in the U.K and Europe, as well as all the Commonwealth countries and Japan.

John, thanks for the information, I'll correct the gear comment in the section on the Space Clock; glad to hear that you got yours working, they are a pretty spectacular timepiece!

More added as it becomes available...

Fred


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5760866 - 03/27/13 05:21 PM

Hi Fred

Unfortunately I know of no Edmunds in Scotland although I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't a few tucked away. Clubs tend to be fewer in number here - the weather doesn't help - and not being a member of any I'm not up on what there is out there. I think the import duties and VAT (sales tax) plus the relatively small demand and hence small sales volume made imported 'scopes rare until recently.

I grew up in the 60s and 70s in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) but sanctions there meant anything imported was rare. However my school had an astronomy club which had a subscription to S&T with copies going back to the 50s. I spent many happy hours pouring over wonderful ads for Edmund, Cave, Unitron, Criterion, Celestron, Questar etc.

When we came to Scotland in the late 70s the instrument makers Charles Frank were still on the go in Glasgow but other than my first sighing of Celestrons in the flesh I can't remember what other lines they carried.

Even today, a classic is a rare sighting on UK Ebay or Astro Buy Sell, there is the occasional Prinz and a Jason popped up around Christmas time (I was outbid) but mostly modern stuff. Occasionally I see a Celestron listed and get all excited but it invariably turns out to be modern and not orange. An early eighties C8 with multi ocular holder turned up last year but I was laid low with flu and couldn't face a 4 hour drive each way - still kicking myself

But I did manage to get a C5 in the New Year and another C5 has appeared on UK Ebay this week.

But to date no Edmunds, Dynascopes, Caves or the like

James


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now on new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5762518 - 03/28/13 02:39 PM

This is just a beautiful piece of work, as well as a nice tribute to Edmund. I know how much effort and care you must have devoted to it.

I have one of the little satellite scopes, about 1960 or shortly before. It had gray crinkle finish and a helical focus Erfle eyepiece, large diameter, screw mount. Interestingly, they sold a screw-in aluminum adapter to 1-1/4" for it. I got the adapter and used it in my 6" edmund/cave. It was the only wide-field eyepiece I knew of at the time. It gave bright views but the outer half of the field was not pretty even at f/8.


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now on new [Re: snell1]
      #5763293 - 03/28/13 10:11 PM

James:

It doesn't surprise me that Edmund telescopes are a rarity, or even nonexistent, in Scotland; while I believe that Edmund did have a distributor in the U.K. in the mid-70's through sometime in the 80's, I've heard that only a handful of telescopes were sold. I was informed that considerably greater numbers were sold on the Continent, strangely enough, especially in France and Germany.

Glad to hear that you got hold of a C5, as they're fine scopes! Don't give up hope for an Edmund, as one never knows what might turn up.

Btw, the move from Rhodesia - and it will to me always remain Rhodesia (May She be Worthy of the Name) - to Scotland must have been quite a transition for you, even as a young fellow; from a moderate, high-altitude tropical climate to, well... Scotland!


Snell1:

Very happy that you enjoyed the article! Yes the eyepiece used on those satellite scopes, and later on the 50mm finder that the satellite scope turned into, wasn't too well corrected... funny, what we endured as far as eyepieces went back then!


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now on new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5764605 - 03/29/13 12:56 PM

For sure, Fred, the highveld climate (our family lived in Salisbury, altitude just under 5,000 ft) was a lot more amenable to astronomy than Scotland, and being in the tropics it got dark pretty much the same time year round.

My latitude here in Scotland is 56* so whilst it gets dark early in winter it's too cold and when it's warmer in the summer it's too light!

James


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now on new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5777547 - 04/04/13 12:18 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

I noticed a little something in the instructions.
This guy, the yellowed page is from the 60's and the top page is from the 70's:


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now on new [Re: actionhac]
      #5777573 - 04/04/13 12:29 PM

I've seen that, in different editions of their booklets, beginning in the early 70's; guess that they felt they had to keep up with the times!

I'd like to see the rare 1988 hair-band version of All About Telescopes...



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