Another thread drifted to this topic
Someone asked where the best Questar archives and websites can be found and find out which ones are still operational.
Someone helpfully listed these:
- The Company Seven* website. Lots of info there, organized like a catalogue, very detailed. Private company, so will be maintained as they choose. (VERY out of date)
- Cloudy Nights, here. Different structure, lots of info, but not curated or structured as that's not the structure of the site.
- The Yahoo! Questar Users Group**. It was king in its prime (which was a long time ago), but pretty dormant these days. Also not structured or curated.
- A couple of members have vast archives of scans of ads, owners manuals, price lists, etc., but don't feel like it's appropriate to name names. At least one is very private, and I wouldn't want to violate that.
My signature links to some articles here, many I have contributed to or found helpful, as well as my QuestarZone YouTube channel with repair videos..
Other resources are:
- Astromart ads - they go back more than a decade. I've learned lots about the design change history looking at ads. CN and Ebay ads disappear quickly.
- An old listing of Questars compiled by individual contribution, and kept at the Yahoo group. Very out of date and not kept up, but quite helpful.
- A spreadsheet compilation of Questar models and accessories by catalog date and price - not sure if available at Yahoo**. (The compiler has an exhaustive collection of scans of virtually every Questar publication ever - some people here will email a friend a pdf of something needed)
- Internet Archives of certain magazines depicting the entirety of Questar's advertising history.
- Phone Questar. They are busy, understaffed, and much quicker to answer the phone than to reply to an email.
- Rob Pettengil's website.
*Company Seven's website is rather out of date on Questar pricing. Their excuse has reportedly been that their competitors steal their stuff, but this doesn't ring to true to an IP attorney who knows how easy it is to register a website copyright and powerfully enforce those rights. A price list that's not more than a few years old can be obtained from Questar, or by private messaging your email to someone helpful here. Questar's site is even more out of date, but they make nice telescopes so I'll let them slide.
**The Yahoo group is non-intuitive and clumsy to sign up and interface with - good luck.