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Red Shift
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Reged: 11/09/11

Loc: Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA
DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept
      #5996555 - 07/29/13 01:06 PM

After my right leg amputation last year,
neither I or my wife are able to transport the OTA and/or Base outside anymore. Just Too heavy / cumbersome to carry down the back steps and accross the lawn.

Our good friends live in PA, and one of them is a Principal at a school. I donated my Reflector scope to them. They will be able to use the scope in their Science - Physics department for Astronomy.

Hopefully it will have a positive influence.


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BigC
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Reged: 09/29/10

Loc: SE Indiana
Re: DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept new [Re: Red Shift]
      #5996591 - 07/29/13 01:20 PM

Bless you.I hope you can stillobserve with another scope.

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E_Look
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Reged: 03/06/08

Loc: near New York
Re: DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept new [Re: BigC]
      #5996643 - 07/29/13 01:44 PM

I concur! I applaud your generosity and I'm sure here's going to be kids who not only will appreciate it, but it may important to them. I too hope that you can still observe with a scope more easily moved.

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Kraus
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Reged: 03/10/12

Loc: Georgia.
Re: DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept new [Re: E_Look]
      #5996731 - 07/29/13 02:33 PM


Good job man. Now's the time for a permanent mount.


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Ed D
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Reged: 04/30/10

Loc: Sunny South Florida
Re: DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept new [Re: E_Look]
      #5996740 - 07/29/13 02:38 PM

I hope you are doing well. I know your gift to the school will have a positive influence on many kids. Hopefully you can still enjoy the night sky with another scope that you can manage easily.

Ed D


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jimichelle
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Reged: 07/01/13

Re: DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept new [Re: Ed D]
      #5996792 - 07/29/13 03:12 PM

That is a great gift for a school and I am sure it will get some great use. Hopefully it will inspire many students to take up astronomy.

Also, don't forget about taking the potential tax deduction if you itemize your deductions and the school qualifies!


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okieav8r
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Reged: 03/01/09

Loc: Oklahoma!
Re: DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept new [Re: Red Shift]
      #5996880 - 07/29/13 03:54 PM

What a nice thing for you do have done Greg. I hope things get better for you.

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Red Shift
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Reged: 11/09/11

Loc: Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA
Re: DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5998545 - 07/30/13 02:23 PM

All,
Yes, I have a new refractor - an Astro-Tech AT106 that along with the Desert Sky Alt-Az tripod & mount weighs about half of what the Orion did.

My friends gave me a tax-credit letter.

Yeah, a permanent pier - what a great idea !

I'm now up to walking on my computerized prosthetic leg using forearm crutches ( sometimes still use a 4-leg walker ). I need to nag my wife ( for a change ) to take this stuff out back so I can set it up and take a peek.


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kfiscus
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Reged: 07/09/12

Loc: Albert Lea, MN, USA
Re: DONATED my Orion XT8 to a High School Science Dept new [Re: Red Shift]
      #5998603 - 07/30/13 02:57 PM

Speaking as a practicing high school science teacher- "Thank you!". I'd gladly help you out with your new rig if I were closer. Here's hoping you have countless clear nights ahead.

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