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Why doesn't Astronomics/Astro Tech come to NEAF?

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#1 rustynpp

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 06:54 PM

Anybody know? I'd love to check out an AT102ED in person before I buy, but it seems I won't have that opportunity. At least not at NEAF.


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 06:56 PM

Too far away? Not enough profit to justify the trip?


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 07:03 PM

Just seems strange. They have their own product line, run a major online store, and are intimately connected to the astronomy community through CN. Seems like an missed opportunity to sell some stuff, bolster their brand, and connect with their customers/readers.


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 07:08 PM

OPT comes, but they only bring their small stuff. The rest are more local.


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 07:11 PM

Doesn't hurt to call and ask. 

 

Its very expensive to ship a lot of stuff out there. Many of the vendors are coming from the west coast so it adds up. 

 

That being said, before I was working in the industry I always waited for the CN live video coverage of NEAF, I do wish they would do it again. 


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 07:29 PM

Meh, I was just curious. Also quite bummed I won't be able to poke around the AT102 in person before I buy.



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 07:51 PM

Meh, I was just curious. Also quite bummed I won't be able to poke around the AT102 in person before I buy.

You can always drive down to Oklahoma and check it out.


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 07:54 PM

You can always drive down to Oklahoma and check it out.

That's a long drive from NYC. Especially for a guy with no car wink.gif


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 07:59 PM

That's a long drive from NYC. Especially for a guy with no car wink.gif

And you wonder why they don't come there. lol.gif


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 08:00 PM

Hey Mike B. at Astronomics!

 

Even if you can't bring lots of stuff to NEAF, as THE major supporter/contributor  of Amateur Astronomy World Wide & Cloudy Nights Forums, your presences would be greatly appreciated by the community. So many folks would love to meet ya!  (..and no doubt, have a few Benjamin's ready to grease the pad.

 

Yeah, its a long haul & not cheap to travel from your location but think about the new customer relationships you will establish there and, meeting some really amazing icons of the industry.   

 

Do you have any idea how many people do not know of the terrific products available at your web site?

 

Golly,  I bet the attendees would go BALLASTIC if you showed the Astro-Tech AT152EDT f/8 Triplet APO Refractor OTA !!  (its OK to say its a prototype)    

 

Its OK to bring the Astro-Tech AT92 f/5.5 Triplet Apo Refractor OTA as well, another piece that might lead to foaming at the mouth..

 

Give Markus & Kevin some real competition and a few sleepless nights lol.gif !

 

PS:  Its OK if you bring your guitar flowerred.gif


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 08:16 PM

I thought that they did come a few years - with a massive display of many mostly refractors. As I remember it, nearly all were sold by mid-afternoon on Saturday!


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 08:19 PM

Anybody know? I'd love to check out an AT102ED in person before I buy, but it seems I won't have that opportunity. At least not at NEAF.

I'll be there; looking forward to it. I looked at the vendor list and surprised with both who will and who won't participate. Fond recollection from one (OSA) convention long ago, there was Edmund Optics. I casually asked about their 1/20 wave fused silica windows and ULE flats. Their rep was cordial, knowledgeable, helpful. Wound up ordering a couple dozen of those things 10-inchers, with custom mods (intentional wedge to avoid ghosts to interferometers). They did the work Fast. BUT, did you look at the vendor sign-up section for NEAF? It's a lot of work and fair expense for them. BUT, seems good marketing... especially for companies that service the avocational astronomy community. I have a feeling I'd better leave my checkbook/credit card at home... But... Oh boy... OK, I've decided to limit my purchases to Only One Thing.  Tom


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 08:39 PM

I thought that they did come a few years - with a massive display of many mostly refractors. As I remember it, nearly all were sold by mid-afternoon on Saturday!

 

Looking thru my old NEAF photos - it was 2009......  << great prices on those show-special displays!!  >>



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 08:42 PM

Tom,

Nah, bring your credit card or a few Benjamin's....

 

Last year I was able to obtain some very good eyepieces at $50 off from the current web price. 

 

I tried not to look at the APM booth as they had some really amazing & HUGH binoculars.  Bet ya could haggle a price with Markus lol.gif

 

eeeeeooooowwwww!! 


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 08:46 PM

And you wonder why they don't come there. lol.gif

Sliiiiightly different, I would say



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 08:53 PM

........  Bet ya could haggle a price with Markus lol.gif

 

eeeeeooooowwwww!! 

You can probably do it right now - and pick up what you want at NEAF.

 

Couple of years ago we agreed via e-mail on a price for an otherwise not-sold-in-the-US eyepiece. He brought it in his luggage. I ended up giving him my cc number on a little piece of paper that he put in his wallet - and it all worked out fine!  ...but I did have to run him down on the floor.....


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 09:14 PM

They came for years and years I'm not going to speak for them but one year they just stopped. They are missed for sure!!


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 03:07 PM

Astronomics was always there until maybe 2011 or so.  Then Mike went back to school (OU) and NEAF conflicted with finals, etc.

 

I miss them and hope they get back here sometime.

 

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 04:52 PM

Hey Ron, nice cat!


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 08:55 PM

They were a blast when they were at the show. Organized chaos, one of the highlites of the show for me. 


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Posted 31 March 2018 - 08:31 AM

Hey Ron, nice cat!

Thanks, Nick.  And of course, yours looks great, too. flowerred.gif 

 

That is Odie - my little Wonder Boy and constant companion.  He stuck to me like glue until he had a sudden seizure and passed away in September, 2016.  I still miss him a lot, but I still have my two little girls, Vivian and Maya, to keep me company.

 

I love them all - forever,

 

Ron


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Posted 31 March 2018 - 03:06 PM

Thanks, Nick.  And of course, yours looks great, too. flowerred.gif

 

That is Odie - my little Wonder Boy and constant companion.  He stuck to me like glue until he had a sudden seizure and passed away in September, 2016.  I still miss him a lot, but I still have my two little girls, Vivian and Maya, to keep me company.

 

I love them all - forever,

 

Ron

Aw, sorry to hear that :(  Glad your girls are keeping you company though.

 

Mine's Piper - 5 years old but she's been with us just a couple months. She's a great little companion, she's sitting next to me purring right now :)


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Posted 02 April 2018 - 07:08 AM

I know they used to come, that's where I picked up my CGEM, AT8RC and AT106LE along with a good number of other goodies. I do miss seeing them there and being able to hand pick gear. They always had a good display, lots of bigger ticket items (at least for me).



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:32 AM

Too far away? Not enough profit to justify the trip?

OPT comes from California. So it's not too far...

 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 12:04 PM

OPT comes from California. So it's not too far...

 

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California? There are vendors at NEAF from Europe and China!

 

iOptron and ZWO bring almost everyone in their companies! The Euro publishers and magazines are there too. As an iOptron rep told me "This is one of our only chances to sit down and talk directly to our customers!"

 

NEAF not only allows for we "customers" to interact with "the industry" - it allows all of "them" to meet up and chit-chat. Sky&Tel funds a big "vendor bash" on Saturday night as a place for the exhibitor reps to "mingle" and share notes face-to-face.




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