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Monthly Archives: December 2006

29 Dec

It’s time to add some goals for 2007. In addition to some personal goals, I have the following optical goals for the upcoming year.

First and foremost, I will get out of the big city and back to the country to do some astronomy under a truly dark sky. Words cannot express the ache in my heart these past several years for being trapped under a light-polluted sky. This one is way overdue.

Second, I will pursue digiscoping and wildflower photography with more organization and spend more time on each. Nothing quite gets me through the long winter months like …

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27 Dec

Hope everyone had a nice holiday. I sure did. Spent a day with my sisters and loved it.(My first complete day off since Thanksgiving.)

I am still hoping for a few clear nights to get under the sky and I’m sure a lot of new telescope owner’s feel the same way, right now. For all those beginner’s, be sure to review my article on our website, Telescope FAQs. It has basic information for setting up and using a new telescope and the information applies to any kind of telescope or brand. Beginner’s need all the help they can get, and …

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19 Dec

We are now in what I call the “UPS Second Day Air” part of the Christmas buying season. In other words, if you want a present by Christmas, you will need to pay the cost of the expedited shipping.

For me, this is something of a watershed as far as my workload goes. People are now less interested about product features than when they can expect delivery. Time to catch my breath.

Not really, though. As a product specialist, I am getting ready for the next blizzard of questions which follows right after Christmas. How do I use this telescope? …

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15 Dec

Reports of my death are greatly … okay, slightly exaggerated. I am alive, despite brutal, long hours and an impossible work load. Still, it has been a great season for us, here at OpticsPlanet.com. My thanks to all our great customers for giving me some real job seccurity. I like to think I helped a lot of folks get started on a lifelong love affair with astronomy,birding, photography and all the other pursuits that have so enriched my life. Hope to see some of you out there on the trail and under the sky. Happy Holidays.…

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05 Dec

This time of year the phones are ringing for microscopes, mostly microscopes for kids. I remember getting one for Christmas when I was only 6 years old and talk about fun. Anything I could get on a slide ended up under that microscope.

Naturally, the concern of parents these days is quality and price. So much of what you see that is priced appropriately for a youngster is plastic and designed to last a week or two of hard use at most. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a microscope that was solid enough and serious enough to …

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