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Hi Wolf. The teaching is done either by myself or Howard, the planetarium manager. Anything up to but not including any imaging techniques. Mostly basic stuff to get folks up and running.
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The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is now an authorized telescope dealer. They are one of just two in the entire state of Florida. They carry a very nice selection of telescopes under $500 and binoculars as well. Wolf will be happy to hear that they just received a shipment of SkyWatcher 6" Dobs. If you buy there they will also teach you how to use it. They sell at the regular street prices too, no price gouging. Check it out...support the local business.

Who's teaching?

Wolf.
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Great…I have my eye on a celestron telescope, awaiting these back orders to disappear. Will be glad to buy locally…thanks Ed
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Good to know… I miss brick and mortar stores.  Thanks Ed
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The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is now an authorized telescope dealer. They are one of just two in the entire state of Florida. They carry a very nice selection of telescopes under $500 and binoculars as well. Wolf will be happy to hear that they just received a shipment of SkyWatcher 6" Dobs. If you buy there they will also teach you how to use it. They sell at the regular street prices too, no price gouging. Check it out...support the local business.
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Equipment for Sale/Trade / Re: Televue TV85 for sale
« Last post by Andy Pyatt on August 22, 2021, 08:36:37 PM »
Hi to all, I posted the scope on Cloudy Nights and it has already sold.  I still have the diagonal and the TV 20 mm plossl eyepiece if anyone is interested.

Thanks,
Andy
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very nice.  good job Jonathan!
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The article I mentioned here a couple of months ago has finally been published!

It is not in the East County Observer (as I'd thought), but it's in the current issue of LWR (Lakewood Ranch) Life Magazine... and not only that - - it's the COVER story, as well as the topic of the Editor's welcome page.

I picked up a couple of copies of the East County Observer today (I'd heard that the magazine would be inside, but the two copies I grabbed didn't have it.) Now that you know what to look for, you might be able to score a copy somewhere in LWR. It's a quarterly publication, so copies should be out there for a while.

Meanwhile, I've scanned the pages pertinent to us, and you can see them here in PDF format. (The entire publication is available on line, but the PDF is around 70MB, so it's a bit much for posting to our forum!

Oh... and yes, there are a handful of facts that got *totally* lost in translation. Don't let yourself get too worked up about that. The writers are not the experts - - we are - - so if we tell them that a beam of light will cross a room in a few nanoseconds, and they say it takes a full second, they have no clue that clipping out the prefix 'nano' sorta changes the meaning of the statement. By like a billion times!  ;-)   

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Equipment for Sale/Trade / Televue Panaramic Mount with extras… Sold
« Last post by Andy Pyatt on August 17, 2021, 07:23:54 PM »
Hello again to all my fellow LGDSO members.  From my previous post, you may notice that I have purchased a televue scope and mount a little over a year ago. I am replacing both currently and have listed the scope separately. I am selling the Televue panoramic mount complete with the eyepiece caddy. Purchased new, these cost $815 plus.  I am willing to sell to members only for $400.  I will wait a week if anyone is interested and then post on Cloudy Nights for $500 if no one is.  Adding a Few photos but have others to provide if interested.

Thanks,
Andy Pyatt
941-320-4271
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Equipment for Sale/Trade / Televue TV85 for sale… Sold
« Last post by Andy Pyatt on August 17, 2021, 07:17:19 PM »
Hello to all my fellow LGDSO members.  Roughly one year ago, I bought what I thought would be the perfect small telescope, A used but excellent condition televue TV 85.  And at the time, I also got a TeleView tripod although since have added an IopTron altaz pro tripod(which is amazing).  Just recently, I got the option to purchase the one scope that I think is superior( at least in name) in terms of small but powerful refractors. So I am now selling my TeleView products:  For easy grouping I am selling the TV 85 complete with the carrying case, clamshell, everbright diagonal (2 inch 99% ) with 1.25 inch adaptor and including a TV 20mm plossl eyepiece and the TV sol-searcher.  Purchased new, these cost $2795 plus.  I am willing to sell to members only for $1700.  I will wait a week if anyone is interested and then post on Cloudy Nights for $1850 if no one is.  Adding a few photos but have others to provide if interested.

Thanks,
Andy Pyatt
941-320-4271
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