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Started by Rod Kaufman, 06/16/2019 11:39PM
Posted 06/23/2019 03:02PM #10
Originally Posted by Rod Kaufman
It's a shame we don't have active forums in the AM. I've heard everything from it's 15.00 bucks a year, coming from people who own expensive equipment and have the means to do it, to "the vendors have to pay too much". While there's some useful discussion on that other site, there's too much nonsense for my tastes...
I agree.  The vendor's fee is a pittance compared to what you get.  Holy smokes, worldwide exposure for the price of chump change. 

Even as a regular user (not a vendor) I've been able to make sales of used equipment to Italy, Australia, Canada, etc...  Where else could you have the audience that one enjoys here, for $15 lousy bucks??  

Most people probably spend close to $15 eating a fast food lunch during one of their work weeks. If that is the reason, it is a sorry one indeed. 
Posted 06/23/2019 05:47PM | Edited 06/23/2019 05:49PM #11
Well, Dickie, you just got a new nickname too. Dick fits you so well.
Posted 06/23/2019 05:59PM #12
Originally Posted by Richard Davis

I agree.  The vendor's fee is a pittance compared to what you get.  Holy smokes, worldwide exposure for the price of chump change. 

Even as a regular user (not a vendor) I've been able to make sales of used equipment to Italy, Australia, Canada, etc...  Where else could you have the audience that one enjoys here, for $15 lousy bucks??  

Most people probably spend close to $15 eating a fast food lunch during one of their work weeks. If that is the reason, it is a sorry one indeed. 
How true. I was up at Mt Pinos observing a while ago and this guy sets up next to me and starts complaining to another amateur about the 15 bucks for the AM so he'll only go to the other site. This guy had a Porsche SUV, a couple of AP refractors, imaging cameras and computers, nothing low rent and he's bitching about $15 dollars.
I think Mel's likely correct as well about people lacking the testerone to use their own names but they're not going to have a problem if they do. I think the AM made a mistake in dropping the moderators for the forums but I'm sure there's pros and cons with that, too.
Posted 06/23/2019 08:31PM #13
Originally Posted by Rod Kaufman

How true. I was up at Mt Pinos observing a while ago and this guy sets up next to me and starts complaining to another amateur about the 15 bucks for the AM so he'll only go to the other site. This guy had a Porsche SUV, a couple of AP refractors, imaging cameras and computers, nothing low rent and he's bitching about $15 dollars.
I think Mel's likely correct as well about people lacking the testerone to use their own names but they're not going to have a problem if they do. I think the AM made a mistake in dropping the moderators for the forums but I'm sure there's pros and cons with that, too.

I mentioned the moderator thing 3 or 4 months ago to Herb.....and his perspective was basically if you cant take the heat get out of the kitchen smile

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Statham GA
Posted 06/23/2019 09:10PM #14
Originally Posted by Jim Moscheck
Well, Dickie, you just got a new nickname too. Dick fits you so well.
Did your head start to smoke on the way to catching fire, since you rubbed those 3 brain cells together to spark a synapse Forrest??   LOL  tongue
Posted 06/23/2019 09:21PM | Edited 06/23/2019 09:22PM #15
Originally Posted by Rod Kaufman

How true. I was up at Mt Pinos observing a while ago and this guy sets up next to me and starts complaining to another amateur about the 15 bucks for the AM so he'll only go to the other site. This guy had a Porsche SUV, a couple of AP refractors, imaging cameras and computers, nothing low rent and he's bitching about $15 dollars.
I think Mel's likely correct as well about people lacking the testerone to use their own names but they're not going to have a problem if they do. I think the AM made a mistake in dropping the moderators for the forums but I'm sure there's pros and cons with that, too.
The only time I've been to the other site in awhile Rod is just to buy or sell some equipment here and there.  

I do remember though, that the purists on the refractor side, don't believe that there is ANY reason to own a reflector.  I recall those guys really taking offense sometimes if you tout the virtues of a CAT.  

There are definitely some opinionated elitists from what I remember over there.  

My C14 does just fine, thank you!  Even with the little bit of coma I get at the VERY OUTER edges of the FOV.  Usually I'm not looking at that area, I'm more in the center, plus I don't do AP, so I don't need a $3000 CCD.  My old failing eyes work well enough for me.  

The amazing thing is like you pointed out.  Guys with the fanciest car and the top of the line Astro gear, and they can't fathom spending $15 lousy bucks??  

shocked
Posted 06/23/2019 09:24PM #16
Originally Posted by Jim Moscheck
Well, Dickie, you just got a new nickname too. Dick fits you so well.
P.S.  Take a chill pill Jim and get over it.  You might feel better.  wink
Posted 06/23/2019 09:31PM #17
Originally Posted by Richard Davis

P.S.  Take a chill pill Jim and get over it.  You might feel better.  wink

Sounds like Jim needs to pay particular attention to Herb's advice...... smile

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Statham GA