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Thomas Back Passes...

Started by Hootscoot, 09/21/2007 01:39PM
Posted 09/21/2007 01:39PM Opening Post
I just found out earlier today that Tom Back passed away.
Like many in our hobby, I considered him a good friend.
A talent like his does not come along often. We in the astronomy community owe him and his legacy a debt of gratitude.
Rest in peace, my friend.
We'll watch for you amongst the stars.

JMI NGT-18 f/10 GoTo Reflector, "Magellan"
C11 f/10 CFT XLT Fastar, "Dave"
CotoSKY 8.25" f/6 Achromat, "Blackjack"
Meade AR6 f/8 Achromat, "Kalliopi"
WO FLT 110 f/7 Apo, "Apollo"
Coronado PST f/10 "Icarus"
Canon IS 15 X 50 Binoculars
Losmandy G11/Gemini4
Discmounts DM-6, Sky Commander, StarBeam
Denk II Universal Power X Switch Binoviewer
Mallincam HPC/Watek monitor
Collins I3/Astronomik H-a/Starsweeper
Celestron SkyScout
...and some nice glass.
Posted 09/21/2007 01:41PM #1
These are indeed sad news... cwy
Rest in peace Thomas.
Your legacy is all around us, you won't be forgotten...

Ivan Gastaldo 8)
Coconut Creek, FL

Ivan's Observatory
Lat 26N 16' 48" Long 80W 10' 48"
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Posted 09/21/2007 02:01PM #2
That is truly another loss for astronomy. He at least left a legacy behind in his designs.

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Posted 09/21/2007 03:19PM #3
I will roll out my TMB refractor tonight to pay tribute to his passing and scan the heavens in his honor. I will look at things a little differently from other nights. It will be an emotional time. I will be saddened he will no longer be able to contribute to our magnificent pastime yet inspired by what he has created for those fortunate enough to have observed through one of his instruments. Perhaps I will catch a glimpse of his spirit soaring amongst the stars.

You will be missed

Dan Lamoreaux
Posted 09/21/2007 03:47PM #4
Very sad news... Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Posted 09/21/2007 03:49PM #5
A sad day indeed. This is one of the many people in the astronomy world that indeed brought pleasure to many of our eyes.
Posted 09/21/2007 04:20PM #6
Thanks Tom for helping us all see better.

18" f:5
8" SCT
Posted 09/21/2007 05:56PM #7
I was fortunate to speak with Thomas several times by phone. He taught me much and was patient and genuine. While the optics in his scopes are of the highest quality, the quality of the man behind them was even higher. He will be sorely missed.
Posted 09/21/2007 06:36PM #8
Posted 09/21/2007 10:07PM #9
My deepest condolences to his family, Tom was a fine man, and a true friend. I will never forget him. Mark D'Ambrosio