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Posts Made By: Paul Atkinson

May 20, 2002 10:28 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Commit to a deal, stick with the deal!

Posted By Paul Atkinson

If you are an Astromart user and you respond to an ad saying you are going to buy and item, you should honor that offer. Do not say you will take it and then back out at the last minute. Many times other buyers are willing to take the item you want and are turned away due to your committment. This isn't fair to the person selling the item or to the person that would really purchase it. If you are interested say so, and that you'd like more info. Don't commit until you are sure. However, if you tell the seller it is sold, then you ought to stick to that. You don't get to goto and auction, raise you paddle and win and then walk away because you suddenly have a change of heart. True this is not an auction, but there is an intent of contract with an offer and acceptance. Blaming someone for being upset or rating you poorly after you have done this is your fault, not the seller's.

December 18, 2002 05:25 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Re: GEM Talble - Really Nice!

Posted By Paul Atkinson

Michael,

Barb was referring to my GEM table at AstroPro Products.

Paul Atkinson

January 20, 2003 01:54 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Winter Star Party Forum on Yahoo

Posted By Paul Atkinson

For those that didn't know there is a Winter Star Party forum going on Yahoo if you are interested. List some of the vendors and attendees as well as gives other good information on the party. Link is wsp_florida@yahoogroups.com

Paul Atkinson
AstroPro Products.

January 27, 2003 05:20 PM Forum: Binoviewers

New Group "Binoview" at Yahoo

Posted By Paul Atkinson

For those who experienced the trouble on the previous user group, want to try again? A new group has been started at Yahoo. Let's see if we can get it going.

February 20, 2003 04:14 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Upset Vendor! User backs out after committment!

Posted By Paul Atkinson

I recently had a Pronto for sale on Astromart. A user committed to me, going so far as to to say that the funds had been sent and even gave me the cashier check number and bank it was supposedly drawn on. I took him at face value and turned away two other buyers. Believing our deal was finalized I went ahead and completed a transaction I had committed to with another Astromart user (I uphold my deals)thinking the funds were in the mail. Now the guy contacts me and says that he has to back out on our deal two days later.

Now, I understand that sometimes for legitimate reasons people have to back off a deal. I was not given a reason or explanation. To me this is a serious breach of Astromart protocol of offer and acceptance. I am not happy.

Lastly, I as a vendor am trying very hard to bring new and exciting things to the astronomers and Astromart users. My recent venture into this arena has so far cost me money. As a vendor every time I place a personal ad for something I want to sell or buy I pay for it. My ads aren't free like other users. Please consider that when you commit to any vendor. Now I have to place another ad at a cost to me.

March 17, 2003 07:38 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

New Yahoo Group Formed

Posted By Paul Atkinson

If you are interested a new group has formed for the Chiefland Star Party in Florida. The group is called Chiefland Star Party.

Thanks,

Paul

May 12, 2003 12:42 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Mosquito Remedies.... hmmmmm.....

Posted By Paul Atkinson

Perhaps some of you read the post a few days ago about mosquitos remedies. Here is what I found when I tried them....

Ok... Bounce doesn't work. Tried this. All it did was make me smell like a fabric sheet softner. The mosquitos just couldn't wait to cuddle up with me, nor could my wife, until she saw all the bloody welts on my body when I turned on the light. Perhaps you meant "Snuggle Sheets?"

I thought you said, "EAT" banana's. Not only did the mosquitos like me but they brought some monkeys with them and had a party tearing my a$$ up.

My wife thought I was nuts planting all the flowers. Seems that I watered them so much that the standing puddles made perfect breeding grounds for, you guessed it, more mosquitos.

I liked the idea about the alcohol and Marines. Problem was that I, being a Navy man, drank more of it then I used in your home brew. Next thing I know I'm so drunk that I drink the Avon Skin-so-soft and then lather up my whole body with baby oil. Lets just say this it was bad all together, especially when the neighbors drove by a few minutes later.

The mosquitos ate my frog.

Now what?

May 21, 2003 05:32 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Re: Cold Light

Posted By Paul Atkinson

I believe it is because the light has to travel through some sort of matter as G. Tom indicated. In space there is, well, nothing to interfere even though it is that cold. If in your experiment, light is traveling through a super cooled gas, you have something that has the ability to act upon the light. My head hurts...

May 21, 2003 05:45 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Cold light.... what about this problem???

Posted By Paul Atkinson

I have been reading a couple of books regarding one of Hubbles greatest discoveries, the fact that the universe is expanding. Simply put, it states that quote, "every galaxy is moving away from every other galaxy." This tied with the Big Bang seems to indicate that all matter would have been thrown apart from itself (much as the example they use drawing galaxies on a ballon and then blowing it up. They all move apart). If that is the case then why is the M31 racing towards the Milky Way rather than away from it? Why do other galaxies murge if they should be moving apart from one another? Am I taking the concept of "moving away" to literal? Does it have to do with the warping of space time? My head hurts again.

See what happens when someone with an I.Q. of 136 suddenly tries to grasp an idea at 180+. smile

Paul Atkinson
AstroPro Products

June 11, 2003 07:59 AM Forum: Solar System Observing

Size of Mars November 17th, 2003?

Posted By Paul Atkinson

Can anyone tell me the disk size of Mars will be around this date?

Thanks,

Paul Atkinson