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#1 kbastro

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 07:46 PM

I've been into the hobby for many years now,,, and as I flip the pages of old S&T and astronomy mags,, there must have been millions of scopes sold,,,,

 

Sooooo, what happened/happens to all these gazillions of scopes bought from now all the way back to the late 1950's? is there some scope graveyard?

 

 

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 08:02 PM

Yes lots of scopes for sure. Most astronomy enthusiasts have several scopes

some vintage and some newer. Some members of our club have dozens of

scopes . I have 5 vintage scopes that I use. So maybe they are concentrated 

to fewer homes.

 

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 08:06 PM

Scope hoarders, I bet.
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Posted 11 April 2021 - 08:16 PM

Elvis has them.


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Posted 11 April 2021 - 08:17 PM

.... or they fell of the edge of the Earth.


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Posted 11 April 2021 - 08:21 PM

Closets, attics, basements, garages, storage sheds, self-storage units, etc.   

 

And remember - many amateur astronomers have MANY old scopes they collect, still use occasionally, etc. 

 

I know guys who have nice UNITRONS from the 50's, 60's and 70's.  And have a cousin that still has a 3" Edmund reflector (yes 3" reflector, not a refractor) with a cardboard tube from the late 50's. 

 

Many of these old scopes are cherished "collectors items" so you probably won't see too many at your local star party.

 

The guys at NEAF (when they have NEAF) have a good size "display" of older scopes.  Mostly Unirons, but always a number of other old scopes as well - Cave reflectors, etc.).

 

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 08:45 PM

Just like joke on the British, Sci-Fi comedy "Red Dwarf" had silicon heaven for various electronics that have "passed on", Telescopes go to a beautiful place called "Telescope Heaven". LOL.

 

Clear skies and keep looking up!

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