Ed Byers is a gentleman and a real sharp mind. Back when I worked with him, his drives and mounts were so far beyond all the rest, well it was pathetic! Top quality, through and through. The quality we all enjoy today in drive systems and in mounts is largely the result of the standards Ed Byers set back in the 70s and 80s. None of this went to his head though, as he always was a very friendly and rather unassuming guy. We need more people like him! As far as the logo goes, I'm just an amateur!
I love to hear personal stories and anecdotes about "famous" or respected people in the field. Ed Byers truly did some of the finest work in the realm of drives and mounts and the more I become enamored with the wide world of classic scopes, the more I come to respect people like him whose work is leagues ahead of comparable gear on today's market. Sure, things have gotten more high-tech in the years since these original Byers drives/mounts were produced, but the quality and craftsmanship is what sets these apart. It's like laying eyes on a Questar or Unitron - it exudes an heirloom quality. I look at the cold, hard, geometric lines of today's high-tech premium mounts, and I would prefer a classic heavy Unitron mount with a clock drive over some Losmandy-GoTo type configuration.
People like Byers took great care and pride in their work and their creations shout this. Today's mass produced gear lacks that essential quality.
If you don't mind me continuing to pepper you with questions about Byer....?
What kind of observer was he? Did he actively observe? Was he a faint-fuzzy type of guy, planetary, binaries, ...?
Regards and clear skies,