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Thread: Maglite makes me shudder

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    See for yourself what Maglite's slogan is! I just saw a television ad for them today too. It makes me forlorn, confused, and upset all at once. I want to yell, "I KNOW IT'S NEVER DARK, WHY IS THAT A SELLING POINT?!?!?!?"

    Maybe we should start a letter writing campaign.

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    Well, there still may be a few places in the US where it gets really dark. None of those places is anywhere near Eastern Massachusetts, however... [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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    Yeah the same thing happened to me while I was watching t.v. two days ago. It ruined my whole day. "America is never dark." Aieeee run for your lives.

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    MagLite's site is not working now and I don't think I have seen the commercial you are talking about. Yesterday I did glance at the television and see a truck running over a MagLite, many, many times. -Colt

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    Yeah that's the one. Right at the end they display the slogan.

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    Betcha some astronomer-hackers DOS'ed their site.. lol

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    The INTERNATIONAL DARKSKY ASSOCIATION is in ascendancy. It is emphasizing the positive benefits (economical, etc.) for focusing all light toward the ground. Eventually, astronomers and everybody else will have the pleasure of experiencing an economical non-light-polluted environment.

    To think that I own quite a number of MAGLITE and MINI MAGLITE flashlights (helpful when the electricity goes off from time to time in the middle of the night).

    For shame, ljbrs! For shame!

    ljbrs [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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    Heh, my minimaglite has a red sucker wrapper over it! I use it when viewing my chart.

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    accidently dropped a minimaglite into an extrusion die oven last year, they fail at 600+ F. Looks cool though.
    You guys think you've got it bad I live at the base of a "mountain" with a recently expanded ski area. I'm quite sure the ski area is visible from orbit at night. Gave up on the 10" dob project.

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    What was the line? I haven't seen the commercial again.. -Colt

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    Come to think of it, in addition to large and small Maglite flashlights for groping my way around in the dark at home (helpful when the electricity fails), I have both a red *Star Lite* and a red and/or white *Skylite*, both of which are pointed only toward the ground at dark sites. I use the white part of the *Skylite* far away from astronomers (self preservation). I could get killed that way if I were careless... Amateur astronomers are an unforgiving lot.

    ljbrs [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    The skies are unforgiving to me! I just got my first telescope friday. It has been completely overcast these two days! I live in Las Vegas too, and we nevvver get complete overcast. Arrggg!

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    On 2002-11-30 21:15, Smaug wrote:
    The skies are unforgiving to me! I just got my first telescope friday. It has been completely overcast these two days! I live in Las Vegas too, and we nevvver get complete overcast. Arrggg!
    Go on now, thank Murphy, you can do it.. lol

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    On 2002-11-30 21:15, Smaug wrote:
    The skies are unforgiving to me! I just got my first telescope friday. It has been completely overcast these two days! I live in Las Vegas too, and we nevvver get complete overcast. Arrggg!
    OK, pullitover! Lemme see yo license and registration. You ina heepa touble boy! What's the big idea of gitt'n a new scope and not telling the folks hea all 'bout it?

    Common Smaug. Cough it up! What's the make, model, aperture, focal length, et. al. ad infinitum? Also what jewelry (eye pieces, computer guidence, etc.) did you get with it? [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    It's a Celestron c150 HD, the apeture is 150 mm (hehe see the name?) also known as 6 inches. The HD designation means that it's a short tube with a correcting lens between the secondary mirror and eyepiece so it has the focal length of 1000 mm, just like a long tube, except it's short. [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] I've been meaning to ask this, what the hell is et. al. ?! It came with only one eyepiece, a 20mm plossl, but I backordered the special eyepiece offer( http://www.celestron.com/offers/acc_kit.htm ). You get about $400 worth of eyepieces and filters for only $100 when you buy a telescope. The kit includes 32mm, 15mm, 9mm, 6mm and 4mm eyepieces, a 2x Barlow Lens, 6 different planetary filters, a moon filter, and a case to carry it all! Hope this informs you. [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Smaug, how much did it cost? I am looking into buying one in the future (a year or so down the road.)

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    Just for the 'scope it was $450, and with the eyepiece offer included it was $550. If you plan to get the eyepiece offer you have to hurry, because it ends December 31, 2002.

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    Thanks, but i'm not planing to buy one for another year or so. Also i am searching around for ones around that price range and users opinions are the best. It seems like that one is good and it is the top of my list.

    Thanks alot.



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    And Smaug...try to keep your 'scope out of the pool, lest it share the same expirence as the binocs...[img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Scopes last and last. Save money and get a used one. Find a lens pen at a camera shop and clean up the jewelry carefully and it'll be as good as new.

    Mounts become obsolete as newer better drives come out, so keep the old scope and replace the mount whenever you can afford a good one.

    Alternatively, if you like working with your hands then join a local astronomy club that has scope builders in it. You can learn how to turn an inexpensive chunk of glass into a superb primary.

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    On 2002-12-03 04:26, VanBurenVandal wrote:
    And Smaug...try to keep your 'scope out of the pool, lest it share the same expirence as the binocs...[img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]
    [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif[/img] heh I hope my bad luck is over

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    For those interested in purchasing a telescope, check out Orion ( http://www.telescope.com ) and their new StarBlast scope. Interesting, even without the freebies...

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