November 18, 2018: Mile High Astronomy

For me, it’s practically a dream come true – I am working in an astronomy store!  A fellow DAS member, Sorin (like Cher and Madonna, he only has one name), has opened up a brand new telescope shop here in Denver, the only one for 500 miles in any direction.  Denver has not had a dedicated astronomy store since the last one, S&S Optika, closed down over 3 years ago.  Welcome back to the world of astronomy sales, De 

Just a quick announcement that I’ve landed my dream job:  I am working in an astronomy store!  A fellow DAS member, Sorin (like Cher and Madonna, he has only one name), has just opened up a brand new telescope shop here in Denver.  Incredibly, it’s the only one for 500 miles in any direction.  Denver has not had a dedicated astronomy store since the last one, S&S Optika, closed down over 3 years ago.  Welcome back to the world of astronomy sales, Denver!  

the wall
The proud owner, Sorin, after a fruitful grand opening.

(Okay, technically, the store is in Lakewood, a suburb just west of Denver.  But that’s like when you’re travelling and someone asks you where you’re from.  I don’t tell people I’m from Aurora; I tell them I’m from Denver.  It’s a Denver store.)  

right side of store
Right side of the store.

I spent the last week putting together telescopes.  It’s actually really fun – other than looking through a scope, there’s no better way to get to know a telescope.  Which, of course, we then proceeded to do once the telescopes were assembled.  

three scopes are we
Three scopes are we.

Y’know that Meade Infinity 102 that I almost invariably recommend to beginners to get as their first scope?  I’ve been recommending it based almost exclusively on the specs, the fact that it comes with a full set of eyepieces and a Barlow, the very attractive price, and that a friend of mine owns one and likes it.  But I had never actually seen or touched one.  Until now.  

the infinities
The three Infinities.

After putting together the Infinity 102, the 90, and the 80, I can now say that I’m gonna be recommending it even more than before, if that’s possible.  Why?  Because the mount is rock-solid.  Y’know how usually the complaint about a cheap scope is that the optics are fine, but the scope is under-mounted, resulting in shakiness and poor views?  These Infinities are just the opposite – it’s like they’re over-mounted.  The tubes are light and the mounts are sturdy.  

more fun stuff
Fun astro stuff.

 

The connection between the tube and the mount is like a souped-up camera mount, a standard 1/4-20 screw, although these tubes come with Vixen mounts as well.  The tube screws solidly onto the mount so that there’s absolutely no wiggle or play.   One handle moves the scope around in both altitude and azimuth.  And then, once you get the object in view, you’ve got two nice slow-motion controls for each direction.  It’s pretty flippin’ sweet.  

library
A library for your perusal.

Sorin threw a nice pre-opening launch party last week for DAS members with cakes and munchies.  On Saturday, the store had its official grand opening to a big crowd and lotsa sales.  Clean sold out of the 8-inch dobs, including the floor model!   Raffled off a couple of little solar scopes donated by Meade to some happy recipients.  Pretty nice of them.  

solar land.jpg
Solar land and Clothing alley.  That’s a 60mm Coronado H-alpha on the right.

Right now, the store is stocking scopes, eyepieces, and accessories from Celestron, Meade, Skywatcher, and Coronado, along with various items from Farpoint, Astrozap, Telrad, and some limited Orion stock.  Hopefully, within the next few weeks, the store will start stocking Explore Scientific, too.  Plus, in addition to the strictly scope items, there’s plenty of other cool stuff to peruse, too – like astroclothes, astrobooks, astrojewelry, astrotoys, and Sorin’s astroart.  

evo 8 art
Sorin’s astroart, an Evo 8, and the eyepiece cases.

Hey, if you get a chance, throw some business Sorin’s way, why don’tcha?  If you’re within 500 miles, take a nice drive, drop by the store, and get to see and touch some of the stuff that’s out on display that you’ve been drooling over for forever.   Or, if that’s, y’know, too far of a drive for ya, then check out all the stuff at the website at milehighastro.com.   

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5 thoughts on “November 18, 2018: Mile High Astronomy

  1. Best of luck. Looks Iike a great shop. It’s terrific that you have planispheres and book section (and other stuff), so you’re more than just a telescope shop. Nothing wrong with telescope shops, but.. you know. ☺️

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  2. Thanks, Scott. Yup; there’s the scopes, for sure, but there’s a buncha other stuff that goes along with the scopes, too. More little doo-dads, fun toys, stuff to fill in the spaces, make it a little more full. Especially Sorin’s astroart – which we’ll be putting more of on the walls as we settle in. Hopefully, it’s a lot of those little items that people will want to come on in for and buy for the holidays and such.

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  3. Far out! I also like recommending short focal length refractors, all the pizzaz of the sexy “telescope” with the added benefits of grand views and easy use and transport, and none of the “really?” factor of binoculars. I still hand binocs to newcomers though. Its a fast fix when your scope is busy taking blurry pictures of the one cloud in the sky. This news came about 45 minutes too late to try to get a good price on the eq6r I just bought. Congrats! 😀

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    1. I don’t think anyone’s bought a moon hat yet, because we’ve been giving away the Mile High Astronomy hats instead! Free with a $25 purchase, and they’ve been getting snapped up.

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