Does anyone remember a telescope shop in (or very near?) Monterey Park, CA? My dad got my C90 there, and it's where I bought my C8 a few years later. I only went 2 or 3 times (it was far from where I lived) but I remember being completely entranced by the place. This all happened in the early 1980s, and I don't know how long the place was around before or after that.
It might be this store: OPTECH (PRECISION) INSTRUMENTS (OPI), 266 E. GARVEY AVE., MONTEREY PARK, CA. (213-280-7702).
I bought my C8 in July 20, 1982 there: C8 (special coatings), wedge, tripod, 32mm Erfle, 8x50 finderscope, knob set, RFA lens, metal dew-cap, barlow, and storage trunk: with tax = $1,400. I still have the C8, fork/drive, trunk, and original yellowed receipt! The C8 is now on a Celestron CGEM-DX. I lived in Santa Cruz, CA from 1975-1982, and remember ORION starting their first store on 41st Ave. in the late 70's. I thought I would get a better deal in L.A., but in hindsight I would of done better buying from ORION, even back in 1982. OPTECH was a small store and I was attended to by one guy on board; I'm sure the fellow has passed and the store isn't around anymore.