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An Interview with Barry Greiner of D&G Optical

Posted by Barry Kawaguchi 05/09/2013 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

An Interview with Barry Greiner of D&G Optical

But after visiting Norman and Robert Edmund, I had a choice. Go see the sights in Philadelphia, like the U.S. Mint and Independence Hall, with my wife? Or spend the afternoon at D&G Optical talking to Barry Greiner about telescopes?

An Interview with Steve Kufeld, Inventor of the Telrad

Posted by Barry Kawaguchi 05/02/2013 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

An Interview with Steve Kufeld, Inventor of the Telrad

On a trip to Southern California in June 1997 to track down some of the influential figures in the history of commercial telescopes, I hoped to find Steve Kufeld, the inventor of the world-famous Telrad telescope sighting device.

Interview with Tom Johnson of Celestron

Posted by Barry Kawaguchi 04/26/2013 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

Interview with Tom Johnson of Celestron

In the spring of 1998, Tom Johnson was living a comfortable life in retirement in Palm Springs, Calif., after being out of the telescope wars for some 18 years and having sold Celestron to Diethelm Holding Co. of Zurich.

TWO TO DRAW TO

Posted by William Cook 04/18/2013 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Equipmentoptics)

TWO TO DRAW TO

"What's the most powerful binocular you got?" and "How far can I see with it?" are two of the most common and least useful questions customers ask about binoculars. Why is that?

Interview with Norman and Robert Edmund of Edmund Scientific

Posted by Barry Kawaguchi 04/15/2013 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

Interview with Norman and Robert Edmund of Edmund Scientific

Before World War II, if you were well-to-do and wanted a telescope, you could buy one from Tinsley Laboratories, J.W. Fecker, the old Brashear Co. in Pittsburgh and the venerable Warner and Swasey. If you weren’t wealthy, you had to build it yourself. That’s the world Norman Edmund entered when he got his start selling surplus optics by mail order.

An Interview with Dick Nelson of The Optical Craftsmen

Posted by Barry Kawaguchi 04/08/2013 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

An Interview with Dick Nelson of The Optical Craftsmen

In 1977, when I flew to California to track down and interview former commercial telescope makers, I was under the impression by talking to some people in the industry that Dick Nelson of The Optical Craftsmen was deceased. But Tom Cave in Long Beach told me

An Interview with John Diebel, Founder of Meade Instruments

Posted by Barry Kawaguchi 04/01/2013 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

An Interview with John Diebel, Founder of Meade Instruments

In 1997, Meade Instruments Corp. stood at the top of the telescope market. It went public that year, and was the darling of smaller issues. Its products were innovative, industry changing and in demand, such as the Autostar Computer Controller and the ETX 90 Astro. The Meade 90 ETX had been introduced the year before and, at $495, the waiting list to get one was incredibly long. John Diebel, the company founder and, at that time, chief executive and chairman, welcomed a visitor in his office at Meade headquarters in Irvine, Calif...

An Interview with John Krewalk Jr. of Criterion Manufacturing – by Barry Kawa

Posted by Barry Kawaguchi 03/25/2013 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

An Interview with John Krewalk Jr. of Criterion Manufacturing – by Barry Kawa

This is the story of Criterion Manufacturing Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, makers of the legendary RV-6.

An Interview with Tom Cave - by Barry Kawa

Posted by Barry Kawa 03/21/2013 12:00AM   (Articles/Other-Articles/Other)

An Interview with Tom Cave - by Barry Kawa

the summer of 1997 took me to Long Beach, California, to talk to Tom Cave, the founder of Cave Optical Co., at his home there, where he had lived for almost 60 years. I had a 10-inch Cave reflector in my garage in Cleveland Heights that was a pleasure to use and my personal favorite. So, when I called Mr. Cave, it was an honor to speak to him, and he greeted me warmly and invited me out for an interview...