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Bomber Bob
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Re: Unitron history new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6362380 - 02/07/14 04:42 PM

"The smell of old grease and time."

Maybe we should use that as a definition for Classic; or, alternatively, my everyday after shave scent.


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Bomber Bob
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Re: Unitron history new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6362383 - 02/07/14 04:44 PM

Before I forget: If anyone needs old Unitron stock numbers or MSRP's for 1995-1998, I'm keeping my set of sales materials for reference.

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Re: Unitron history new [Re: CCD-Freak]
      #6362397 - 02/07/14 04:50 PM

Quote:

I did get to fondle a 6" Unitron. (o:




Wow! What an image! It looks like Yerkes or Lick! only "modern!" I've only actually seen 2 Unitrons. A 3" EQ at the RASC in Montreal and my own 4" EQ. The mighty 6? A thing of fantasies only!


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Re: Unitron history new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6362404 - 02/07/14 04:53 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I did get to fondle a 6" Unitron. (o:




Wow! What an image! It looks like Yerkes or Lick! only "modern!" I've only actually seen 2 Unitrons. A 3" EQ at the RASC in Montreal and my own 4" EQ. The mighty 6? A thing of fantasies only!




I wonder how many 6" refractors were made and where are they today? I feel lucky to live within driving distance of this one.

John
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Geo31
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Re: Unitron history new [Re: CCD-Freak]
      #6362485 - 02/07/14 05:31 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

I did get to fondle a 6" Unitron. (o:




Wow! What an image! It looks like Yerkes or Lick! only "modern!" I've only actually seen 2 Unitrons. A 3" EQ at the RASC in Montreal and my own 4" EQ. The mighty 6? A thing of fantasies only!




I wonder how many 6" refractors were made and where are they today? I feel lucky to live within driving distance of this one.

John
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My niece and her family live in Lewisville (and I have other family in the DFW area). I'm tempted to go sometime. I'd love to get the whole family to come along. The kids are the right age to be introduced to looking at the sky with intention.


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starman876
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Re: Unitron history new [Re: Geo31]
      #6362501 - 02/07/14 05:38 PM

if you go to the astromart ap forum you can find a lot of 6" refractors. all the way from 1985 and on. I still have two Jaegers 6" scopes. Also a meade 6", but I would rather not talk about the meade. However, I took the Meade lens out and put the Jaegers in its place and like wow. It is a light bucket. Captures more stars than any 6" f8 I have seen before. Not good at high powers, but what a dazling display of stars.

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CCD-Freak
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Re: Unitron history new [Re: Geo31]
      #6362509 - 02/07/14 05:41 PM

Here is the info link for their public star parties.

http://astronomy.unt.edu/ruac.html

Sounds like something to do when you visit. I used to work in Denton until I retired and moved to Whitesboro. Now it is about an hour drive.

John
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Geo31
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Re: Unitron history new [Re: CCD-Freak]
      #6362519 - 02/07/14 05:46 PM

Very doable. May have to plan the next trip carefully. And pray for clear skies.

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akman1955
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Re: Unitron history new [Re: Geo31]
      #6363294 - 02/08/14 02:48 AM

when I bought my 4" 132-c compact in 1981 it was $1100.00 dollars with 100.00 shipping to Fairbanks. The price list then still had 5" unitrons for $3000.00 and 6" unitrons for $6000.00 plus shipping..if we only had a time machine

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Re: Unitron history new [Re: akman1955]
      #6363672 - 02/08/14 10:06 AM

Well $6000 in 1981 was a lot of cash. Around here is was 10 percent down on a fixer upper. Now it is two mortgage payments. How things change. It is funny , in 1981 I was not even thinking of unitrons that all changed rapidly about 10 years ago. You buy one and you are hooked.

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Re: Unitron history new [Re: starman876]
      #6364338 - 02/08/14 03:54 PM

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You buy one and you are hooked.


But Unitron told the FDA that their products were non-addictive!!! You mean they LIED!!!!

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Re: Unitron history new [Re: ngc2289]
      #6364384 - 02/08/14 04:09 PM

OH, they lied big time
Let's see if we can find anyone that has just bought only one


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Jim Curry
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Re: Unitron history new [Re: starman876]
      #6365189 - 02/08/14 11:48 PM

Not in this crowd.

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Re: Unitron history new [Re: Jim Curry]
      #6365791 - 02/09/14 10:44 AM

Hummmmmmmm

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gelkin
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Re: Unitron history new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6365815 - 02/09/14 10:57 AM



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Re: Unitron history- slant letters new [Re: gelkin]
      #6366257 - 02/09/14 02:38 PM

Hi Unitron buffs. Here's a question for you. What is the earliest known use of slant (italic) letters by Unitron on their logos, labels, and marks?

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Re: Unitron history- slant letters new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6366412 - 02/09/14 03:50 PM

I thought we already covered that in another post last year.

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Re: Unitron history- slant letters new [Re: starman876]
      #6366510 - 02/09/14 04:30 PM

I certainly thought the matter had been covered until I found something recently. So tell me y'all, your most educated guess or most informed opinion. You might be surprised. I was. Unless this 'new' evidence is somehow wrong.

Terra


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Bomber Bob
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Re: Unitron history- slant letters new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6366550 - 02/09/14 04:44 PM

1961 - in honor of my birth.

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Re: Unitron history- slant letters [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6366554 - 02/09/14 04:45 PM

That sounds about right. The early 60's

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