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UK merger of First Light Optics & Ian King Imaging, (possibly Tak UK too)

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#1 25585

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 10:16 AM

https://stargazerslo...an-king-at-flo/

 

Ian King owns "Takahashi UK", as well as IKI. So maybe the former business will also become part of FLO.

 

(Tak UK is not the only UK seller of Tak scopes etc though)

 


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Posted 24 June 2019 - 01:01 PM

If I recall FLO started selling Tak's a couple of years ago. They posted it was an amicable agreement and not competitive. Maybe IK was considering stepping back at that time.

 

Not sure what to think of it. IK is imaging and FLO more general scopes. If IK departs the market then imagers will lose out as FLO I have never seen at a show for several years. Not at Astrofest, IAS and not invited to the Kettering one, they dropped using the phone. So unable to talk to them and ask questions.

 

It is one reason why I tend these days to check the RVO site and equipment. FLO have gone down the Internet option only and at present I think it is counting against them. At least a little. My next WO purchase will be RVO not FLO. RVO have been at shows and pleasant/helpful to talk with.

 

FLO do not attend the Sidmouth SW Astronomy show and one of the staff is a Sidmouth club member and the SWAS is about 10-12 miles from FLO.

 

Not sure how "advanced" FLO are on imaging. They do not seem an imaging outfit. Although one of the staff is a member of the Sidmouth club and they image.

 

I cannot see the merging being positive at the end.



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Posted 24 June 2019 - 01:53 PM

At one time FLO and IKI had an arrangement, and both sold Borg refractors. which seem to have stopped altogether.

 

IK's Tak site is a lot more comprehensive than the Tak part of FLO's. Hopefully the former will keep up. 

 

Big difference has been being able to speak to IK on the phone, while FLO prefer emails. Ian was more au fait with Takahashi Europe and Japan. Very helpful for Tak accessories and all in one place rather than in general categories. For one make ranges, as with photographic systems, that is important, as knowledge is of geographic SKUs, production, and availability.

 

General retailers are great, but so are businesses with specialist knowledge and contacts upstream...



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Posted 24 June 2019 - 03:30 PM

Just read the SGL item and just about all the people say great, then say how much they have spoken directly with IK about various aspects. FLO do not list a phone number to contact so all that communication I suspect will be lost.

 

Does seem that Ian is wanting to put more time into his ICastronomy project - understandable I suppose.

 

At this time I can see FLO gaining more equipment Tak sales and equipment but people losing an astroimager and source of vast information and experience. Equally if Ian decided to call it a day and spend more time on ICastronomy then it would still be lost. He cannot be forced to remain a retailer. Well I don't think he can.


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Posted 26 June 2019 - 10:16 AM

FLO have moved on from Borg. Borg will be supplied from Italy in Europe.

 

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 12:03 PM

Just read the SGL item and just about all the people say great, then say how much they have spoken directly with IK about various aspects. FLO do not list a phone number to contact so all that communication I suspect will be lost.

 

Does seem that Ian is wanting to put more time into his ICastronomy project - understandable I suppose.

 

At this time I can see FLO gaining more equipment Tak sales and equipment but people losing an astroimager and source of vast information and experience. Equally if Ian decided to call it a day and spend more time on ICastronomy then it would still be lost. He cannot be forced to remain a retailer. Well I don't think he can.

Have a look at the post from FLO on Monday at 9.32. You will still be able to talk with Ian.


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 12:18 PM

FLO have moved on from Borg. Borg will be supplied from Italy in Europe.

 

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 12:22 PM

Have a look at the post from FLO on Monday at 9.32. You will still be able to talk with Ian.

Good to know. Hope that applies for Tak scopes etc as well. Trutech Astro (Nick) is the UK's other (& lower profile) Tak seller/guru.



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Posted 29 June 2019 - 02:15 PM

FLO have moved on from Borg. Borg will be supplied from Italy in Europe.

 

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Can you give me more info please.

 

Who is gonna be the new distributor?

 

You are saying one would have to order Borg stuff directly from Italy in the future?




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