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Amateur astronomy is one of those hobbies in which I participated avidly for about five years while in the U.S. Air Force and for a couple years after separating. During that time I observed as often as time and atmospheric conditions permitted. While at Robins AFB, in Warner Robins, Georgia, I belonged to the Macon Amateur Astronomy club and spent quite a few Friday evenings operating the museum's/club's 8", 10" and 14" Celestron telescopes both for private observation and for assisting the public after the planetarium show. The club took a couple trips to the Fernbank Science Center http://fsc.fernbank.edu/ in Atlanta and got to look through their 32" reflector, which at the time (circa 1980) was the largest reflecting telescope in the southeast.

Today, of course, private 30" Dobsonians are as affordable as motorcycles. A picture of me and my 8" Newtonian reflector is given below. I ended up selling it after getting married to help pay the mortgage (sold all the R/C stuff, too). Only naked-eye (no longer anywhere near my former 20/15 vision) and my trusty binoculars remain for observing over the past 20 years. Recently, have I begun reacquiring some of my "toys" from yesteryear. I have not purchased another telescope yet, but the good thing is that now the state of the art is orders of magnitude better than where I left off.

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Advanced Telescope Systems, Inc
advancedtelescope.com | 877-967-2673 | Anaheim, CA
Portable & permanent telescope piers.

Astro-Physics, Inc
astro-physics.com
815-282-1513 | Machesney Park, IL
Develops telescopes and accessories for the advanced amateur.

Celestron, LLC
celestron.com
310-328-9560 | Torrance, CA
Designer, manufacturer and importer of high-quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes.

Company Seven
company7.com | 301-604-2500 | Montpelier, MD
A resource for the international astronomical community and a registered U.S. Department of Defense contractor.

DayStar Filters LLC
daystarfilters.com | 660-747-2100 | Warrensburg, MO
Filtergrams, hydrogen alpha filters, calcium filters, energy rejection filters.

Imaginova
imaginova.com | 212-703-5800 | New York, NY
An integrated multimedia content & commerce company capturing people’s fascination with space, science and technological innovation across consumer, education and professional markets.

Le Sueur Manufacturing Company, Inc
astropier.com | 205-822-0720 | Birmingham, AL
Heavy-duty, permanent, telescope-mounting piers.

LOMO America, Inc
lomoamerica.com | 888-446-7842 | Prospect Heights, IL
Microscopes, endoscopes, night vision devices and spotting scopes/telescopes.

Meade Instruments Corp
meade.com | Irvine, CA
Designs and manufactures telescopes and accessories for amateur astronomers.

Nu-Tek
nu-tek-optics.com | 410-273-7070 | Aberdeen, MD
Specializes in the design & manufacture of custom and prototype precision optical components and systems, including on- and off-axis telescopes and laser beam expanders for the UV, Visible and Infrared spectra, massive optics to 60", and more.

Observa-Dome
observa-dome.com | 601-982-3333 | Jackson, MS
Manufacturer of observatory domes, missile tracking, and laser ranging shelters.

Obsession Telescopes | obsessiontelescopes.com
920-648-2328 | Lake Mills, WI
Producer of portable deep sky telescopes.

Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
telescope.com | 800-447-1001 | Santa Cruz, CA
Largest multi-channel brand of quality optics for amateur astronomers and outdoor enthusiasts in North America.

Parallax Instruments, Inc
parallaxinstruments.com | 919-570-3140 | Youngsville, NC
Specializing in large aperture Ritchey-Chretien, Newtonian, and Classical Cassegrain telescopes and German equatorial mountings.

Pier Components
piercomponents.com | 888-965-3762 | Middleburg, PA
Playground telescopes.

ProtoStar
fpi-protostar.com | 866-227-6240 | Worthington, OH
Newtonian secondary mounts & mirrors, tubes & accessories.

Rigel Systems
rigelsys.com | 310-375-4149 | Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Manufacturer of innovative astronomy accessories.

RobinCasady.com
robincasady.com/Astro | Carmel, CA
Astro accessories.

Santa Barbara Instrument Group (SBIG)
sbig.com | 805-571-7244 | Santa Barbara, CA
CCD autoguiders, cameras, spectrographs, filters, and software - CCDOPS, Planet Master, CCDSharp, CCDSoftV5, EquinoX, CCDAutoPilot.

Sky Spot
sky-spot.com | 800-363-9540 | Bountiful, UT
Publishers of the "Finder Charts" for Telrad Users.

Software Bisque
bisque.com | 800-843-7599 | Golden, CO
Paramount ME robotic and Bisque TCS telescope control systems, software - TheSky6, TPoint, CCDSoft, Orchestrate, AutomaDome, Pocket Edition, PrecisionPEC, Grand Tour, and BOSS.

Space Toys
spacetoys.com | 859-225-7986 | Lexington, KY
Astronomy books, telescopes, space toys, calendars, posters, prints, etc.

Starmaster™ Telescope
starmastertelescopes.com | 620-638-4743 | Arcadia, KS
Manufacturer of 11" and 12.5" ELT Scopes, and 14.5" through 24" conventional Truss Scopes.

Takahashi America
takahashiamerica.com | 713-529-3551 | Houston, TX
Manufactures refractors, Newtonian reflectors, Cassegrain/Newtonians, classical Cassegrains, hyperbolic astrographs, corrected Baker RC astrographs, mounts and oculars.

Teleport Telescopes
teleporttelescopes.com | 972-442-5232 | TX
Telescope designer & manufacturer.

Tele Vue Optics
televue.com | 845-469-4551 | Chester, NY
Telescopes, eyepieces, filters, mounts & accessories, photo accessories.

Unitron
unitronusa.com/quick_look_teles.htm | 631-589-6666 | Bohemia, NY
Refractor telescopes and ImageTrac™, an automatic celestial navigation system.

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