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Re: A Star Test Intepretation
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2018, 09:34:57 AM »
Joe - do you remember Essential Optics out of Big Bear, CA? I think that was the name. They made very simple large mirror Newtonians on the "plumber's nightmare" type mounts. Big scopes for cheap. I wanted one of the 12 inchers so bad but didn't have the money back then. I also met John Diebel back then when Meade Instruments was a little tiny outlet store for refractors, eyepieces, and scope parts in Costa Mesa, CA. The store was about as big as a small Starbucks. Those were the days! Now I'm sounding like an old fart (and I am!)

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Re: A Star Test Intepretation
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2018, 02:30:38 PM »
That makes two of us, Frank!

I do remember Essential Optics and they had basic but very affordable scopes. Nothing fancy like Cave, but the price was right.

And I certainly recall John Diebel with Meade back in those days! He answered the phone and took orders himself. I think I helped keep them afloat when they first started. Nice man too. One of the best scopes I had was their 6”, f8 Newt OTA on a HD Edmund mount! That scope was nice. Best views of Jupiter I can remember and solid with a fiberglass tube and nice R&P focuser.

I spent all my free time and money at the Edmund Scientific Outlet store. All kinds of surplus goodies to find there. Their 8” Newt on the super heavy mount was a monster you were in awe of seeing it in person!

I miss those days Frank