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#1 GaryM

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Posted 09 July 2024 - 11:50 AM

Very sad news. I just learned about this yesterday. Roger Gordon was a friend of mine for many, many years, but I didn't really know him that well. I remember one time when I and a couple of my other astro buddies visited him in his home. I used to see him and Stan Wilkes together every year at NEAF too.

 

Because I am a Questar and Optical Techniques (OTI) Quantum telescope owner and lover, I was particularly fond of Roger since he was involved with both companies. Paul Schenkle was another person and friend of mine that we lost back in 2014 who was employed with both companies too. Whenever I saw either one, I would always ask them about their experiences with these two companies.

 

Roger took with him a wealth of knowledge and experience about Astronomy and telescopes. Roger will be greatly missed.

 

Here is a link to Roger's obituary:  https://obits.lehigh...ary?id=53819860

 

Please everyone, share your experiences and knowledge about Roger. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I know he will live on in our memories forever.

 

 

Sincerely,

Gary Moors

 

 

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Posted 09 July 2024 - 03:54 PM

Rest In Peace. I never had the chance to meet him, but I'm a serious fan of Questar and Quantum telescopes.
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Posted 09 July 2024 - 05:05 PM

May Roger rest in peace amongst his beloved stars, I have fond memories of him describing his planetary observations with various wonderful classic high end scopes angel2.gif


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Posted 09 July 2024 - 07:39 PM

It seems that Roger completed his works on eyepieces before his passing. Does anyone know anything about this? I knew he was working on it for many years.


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Posted 09 July 2024 - 11:26 PM

Oh no, that's heartbreaking news! I spent many happy hours on the phone with him talking about everything from telescopes to dog training, he was such a wonderful human being and I will miss him terribly.  

 

I have a huge number of his many pages long, instructive letters on telescopes and astronomy,  I wonder if it would be okay to share some of then in his memory?


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Posted 10 July 2024 - 09:53 AM

Cavecollector:

 

Thanks for sharing this. Greatly appreciated. I sure wish I had spent more time getting to know Roger. I'm not sure I can take another loss of one of the wonderful people we have in our hobby.

 

I believe it is now of the utmost importance to gather all of his works and share with everyone. I did reach out to what I believe to be his daughter but haven't heard back yet. I doubt I could get ahold of his wife to ask since she doesn't seem to use the internet.

 

I remember buying his book on Mars. I will have to find it and reread.

 

I know there are many members of LVASS (LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY) that knew him. I used to be a member of that club but now live too far to participate. I will however contact them and see what they know.

 

Roger was also very good friends with Stan Wilkes who I am trying to contact. Stan is another one of my friends, but I cannot find his email address so if anyone has it, please let me know.


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Posted 10 July 2024 - 12:18 PM

I'm pretty certain Keith Gordon is Paul's son. Keith has been on CN since 2005 and posted regularly in the classics forum. I see he was posting in other forums as recently March of the year. trainsktg is his handle.


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Posted 10 July 2024 - 01:33 PM

Anyone have a list of the books he published? I sure would love to buy them and I am sure others would too. 

 

I have copies of some of the many wonderful articles he published over the years and it would be great if we could get permission to compile and share them along with his amazing letters. He was a masterful teacher always willing to share his knowledge. 



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Posted 10 July 2024 - 03:35 PM

Very sad to hear about Roger Gordon. I used to see him at LVAAS events and also at Davro Optical, where he would come in and shoot the breeze with Paul Schenkle and company. It was always interesting to listen in on their discussions.

 

Robert



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Posted 10 July 2024 - 04:16 PM

    Sorry to hear of Roger Gordon passing . I only talked with him in person one time a little chitchat about

eyepieces one of his favorite subjects . It was always a treat for me to read his many articles in the excellent little magazine , The Practical Observer . I would look forward to it more than Sky and Telescope .

He told me he was going to complete a book on eyepieces but was having trouble with publication .

Thats sad as Mr Gordon knew his stuff .

 

                                With respect ,    Leonard



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Posted 10 July 2024 - 04:20 PM

Good news! I have heard back from LVAAS. They had already written a tribute about Roger last month (June) in their Observer newsletter. I have this now and I need to find a way to share this here on CN.

 

I'm also trying to get back issues of the Observer so that we can read all of what Roger shared over the years.

 

Another memory came back to me. I remember when Roger would give talks at the local star parties. He was always my favorite talk to listen to.

 

I hope we hear from Keith Gordon. Maybe he can give us permission to share Roger's works.


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Posted 13 July 2024 - 03:31 PM

All, 

 

Thank you for the kind words, I am extremely touched. I knew he had extensive mail correspondence with many fellow amateurs across the country but I did not realize it extended to the CN Forum membership as well.

 

Regarding his book, Observing the Craters of Mars, I have several copies of that I can send to whoever might want them, gratis to anywhere in the world. I already sent about a dozen of these out a few months ago to interested forum members here, and they were well received. I just picked up the last ones he had this last weekend so just PM me your address and a copy  will be on the way presently. 

 

As far as sharing stories go, please feel free to post whatever you like. Some might be new to me as well  😀

 

Regards, 

 

Keith Gordon 

 

 

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Posted 13 July 2024 - 03:34 PM

Oh,  and Dad saved all of his correspondences.. ALL of them. There are totes and totes of them. Next time I am back in PA I will start going through them and see what may lie therein. 

 

Regards, 

 

Keith

 

 

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Posted 13 July 2024 - 08:38 PM

Hello, this is Rodger's daughter. Thank you for all the kind words regarding his passing. I'm pleased to read that so many enjoyed his work and knowledge. 

 

Kelli Faust


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Posted 13 July 2024 - 10:16 PM

Kelli and Keith:

 

I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. We are all honored to have known Roger whether in person and/or in his writings. He will forever be a part of Amateur Astronomy.

 

Here is a link to the LVAAS tribute to Roger published this June:  https://lvaas.org/fi...r_June_2024.pdf



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Posted 14 July 2024 - 03:51 AM

That is a great writeup. Thanks for posting  that. 

 

Keith




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