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amicus sidera
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History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new
      #5735035 - 03/15/13 09:39 PM

Since February of 2012, I've been compiling a history of the Edmund Scientific Company as it relates to the telescopes and astronomical accessories they produced. In the course of this project I learned a great deal about the company, its instruments and the people who ran it, who were of the finest sort. I've also learned much about the people who frequent this forum, who are also of the finest sort, and who were, every single person I contacted, more than willing to assist me in this effort by sharing their valuable time and information with me, by critiquing my efforts, and who asked nothing in return. This is the high level at which this forum operates, and what helps make it among the best astronomy forums on the Internet.

The article, which is in Adobe .pdf format, can be reached at the new website I've created: classictelescopes.com, or alternatively classictelescopes.com/index.html, where it is listed under the "Articles" section.

Comments, corrections and criticisms are all welcomed.

Many, many thanks to those here who I contacted and who assisted me; the courtesy and kindness you extended to me is gratefully appreciated. Thanks as well as to those here who I did not contact, but who I am certain would have helped me, had I but asked you.

I hope that the article brings a pleasant half-hour, and perhaps a happy memory or two, and that it is enjoyed, much as I enjoyed writing it for all of you.

Fred


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5735249 - 03/15/13 11:15 PM

Fred,
Great start to what I am sure will be a treasure trove of information on classic telescopes. Well done.

I look forward to checking back often.


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Bob Myler
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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5735282 - 03/15/13 11:29 PM

WOW.

Among many other things - now I've confirmed how old my Astroscan is!


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #5735346 - 03/16/13 12:07 AM

Its beautiful Fred. Edmund Scientific my favorite, thank you!

Robert


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John Higbee
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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: actionhac]
      #5735560 - 03/16/13 05:57 AM

Fred - thanks for doing this! Your article is a great read, and brings back a lot of pleasant memories!

John


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5735583 - 03/16/13 06:46 AM

Just downloaded it, can't wait to read it.

Thanks

Rich (RLTYS)


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5735866 - 03/16/13 10:16 AM

Excellent piece of work!

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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5735897 - 03/16/13 10:29 AM

I took a few minutes to flip through the pages of your article. Looks to be very well done. I didn't think I had anything left from Edmund's, but about halfway down, there was my trusty Mag 6 Star Atlas. Although I've used many a star atlas through the years, it's the only one that's seen consistent use. Great work!

Bill


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: kansas skies]
      #5735940 - 03/16/13 10:45 AM

Wow! What a wonderful addition to our classics resources. Well done! Thank you Fred.

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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5736647 - 03/16/13 04:57 PM

Fred as I mentioned to you before, INCREDIBLE!

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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: Happy-Idiot]
      #5737076 - 03/16/13 08:03 PM

Great! Very glad you all liked it!

I've already received a couple of clarifications and corrections, which have been checked and added to the article, as well as a few leads on further information which will be followed up.

If anyone has photos of their Edmund equipment that they've taken, and would like to have them added to the article, it could sure use them! Especially needed are photos of the white-tube versions of the following:

3" f/10 Space Conqueror
3" f/15 refractor
4-1/4" f/10 Palomar Jr.
6" f/8 Super Space Conqueror
8" f/8
6" f/8 Space Challenger VI (this last one is a 6" f/8 OTA on the 8" mount)

...all from the 1960's and early 1970's.


Also, photos of the following red-tube models:

3" f/10
3" f/6
3" and 4" refractors

...from the late 1970's and 1980's.

In addition, any photos of Edmund accessories or ephemera that might add to the article... even if it doesn't seem to be an important item, it just might be of historical value! Needless to say, any material that is used will be properly credited, both on the photo itself and in the credits at the beginning of the article. Photos can either be posted here in this thread, or sent to the email address on the website.

Again, thanks one and all for your kind remarks!


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5737132 - 03/16/13 08:17 PM

Hi Fred,

Just emailed this to you, but also reposting a link here to an Edmund 8" f8 discussion from a while back. The scope is currently in the possession of a fellow enthusiast in Portland OR.

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbarchive/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/1735432/page...

Keith


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: trainsktg]
      #5737372 - 03/16/13 09:28 PM

Many thanks, Keith! I've updated the article with one of your photos of the 8".

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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5737792 - 03/17/13 12:29 AM

Wonderful article, just finished a most enjoyable read.

And well done on the website as well, many thanks for doing this.

James


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5738108 - 03/17/13 07:24 AM

I'm in the process of reading it now and so far quite excellent.

Rich (RLTYS)


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5739251 - 03/17/13 05:54 PM

Thank you for the enjoyable read Fred. Lots of good stuff in your article. You're more then welcome to use any of these photos from my Amart listing. Palomar Jr.

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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online new [Re: albert1]
      #5739375 - 03/17/13 06:44 PM

My limited knowledge of classic scopes just increased. Very good article.

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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online [Re: albert1]
      #5739380 - 03/17/13 06:45 PM

Fellows, many thanks to each of you for your kind comments! Knowing that others have found it enjoyable makes all my efforts worthwhile.

Albert, I very much appreciate the offer of your photos, I've sent you a PM.


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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5739601 - 03/17/13 08:37 PM

I bought an 8" and a 10" mirror blank from Edmund in the mid 60's. I hand ground and polished the 8" and that was my first major scope I had that I built myself. I never did get around to the 10" and sold that kit a number of years ago! Great memories!

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Re: History of Edmund Scientific telescopes now online [Re: rigel123]
      #5739813 - 03/17/13 10:30 PM

Looks like your site is off to a fine start, Sir.

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