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    I own a small B&B in the Finger Lakes region of NY. I don't actually
    live there. My brother and his family run it. It has four guest rooms. I
    go up there two times a year or so.
    I have to say that this year has been a poor one... we are normally
    booked 100% late June to Labor Day. This year we are more like 70%
    booked. Last year I bought a 12 aluminum jon boat to use at the lake (we
    have a tiny frontage). According to my brother this was going to bring
    "lots more guests in". Over $500 spent. Last year was close to 100%
    filled, but averaged with this year, it's hard to say if it made a
    difference. Sometimes my gut tells me the boat was for my brother's benefit.
    Now his kid, a freshman in college this fall tells me we need a
    telescope. He took a class last year in school and did well. He tells me
    his father got him a 70mm refractor from Orion telescopes last winter
    and he's taken it out with several guests this summer and it has been
    something "great". He wants me to invest $230 (plus shipping) in a Orion
    130mm telescope, so that he can "really show them something". It's not
    a lot, and I'd give it a shot, but I get the feeling I'm being suckered.
    Will this "really show them something"? It is very dark up there. Much
    darker than here in suburbia. Maybe he's got a point. I'm not certain
    how to proceed. Thanks.


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    Summer Camp wrote:



    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might have webbed feet.
    I'd say his business plan wouldn't pass stringent financial review.

    Regards,
    Etok

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    "Summer Camp" <bugs@biting.me> wrote in message
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    benefit.

    Maybe you should do some guest surveys to find out what they want?



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    "Summer Camp" <bugs@biting.me> wrote in message
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    benefit.

    In my experience many B&B guests appreciate star parties, especially with
    large aperture (10" or larger) scopes. Unfortunately 130mm is not the right
    aperture to impress. Because of the moon, you are limited in the number of
    useful days available. Factor in clouds and you are even more limited. If
    you think it's something you would like to offer consider a 10" from Hardin
    Optical or Orion ($495-549). Those will have enough aperture (the true
    measure of telescope "power") to impress.



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    >In my experience many B&B guests appreciate star parties, especially with


    It can't hurt to have a scope around the place even if it is just for the
    guests to borrow.

    Is 130mm enough to impress folks from dark skies? I think so, I have a 130mm
    scope Orion Scope and when I have it out under dark skies, I have shown folks
    stuff with it and they have been impressed... Beware if you buy one of these,
    you will be soon hit up for a drive motor....

    But, as Paul says, larger scope is seriously more impressive, an 8 or 10 inch
    DOB is the most bang for the buck.

    No tracking is the problem for DOBs, for small groups this is not a problem,
    for larger groups it means constantly repositioning the scope.

    Bottom-line:

    Until the end of the month, DBA astronomy products is selling 8 inch Hardin
    Optical DOBs for $329 delivered to your door. This is a great deal and
    reasonable scope. It also makes a decent loaner scope for guests because it is
    "point and shoot", not much to explain, no polar alignment, RA and Dec.

    But buy the thing for yourself....

    jon





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    Wasn't there a near identical post with the same basic set of
    particulars a year or so ago?

    B&B, Finger Lakes, brother ran the inn, wanted to buy scope to drum up
    more business, yadda, yadda....

    The boat narrative thing may be new, but I'm almost positive this same
    basic query has appeared here before. Lots of fine replies, but
    evidently unheeded.

    Sorry, but my Troll Meter just went to 9.3. Weird troll, for sure, but
    trolls are an odd lot.

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    >

    I had a vague recollection myself...

    jon

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    Jon Isaacs wrote:


    That's a soft two. One more and I believe we can officially label it...

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    >That's a soft two. One more and I believe we can officially label it...

    There was a similar thread, "I got a flyer from a Professional Astronomer.."

    Cabins in the woods, 12 foot aluminum Jon boat....

    jon

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    John Steinberg wrote:



    I remember the post. . .but I am fonder of my memories of the DynaScope.
    My goodness, that was a fine telescope. The ads for it in some of my
    1970's Astronomy magazine (I think that was the time) took my breath away.
    Does anyone remember who made that handsome scope?



    --
    Martin
    "Photographs From the Universe of Amateur Astronomy"
    http://home.earthlink.net/~martinhowell


 

 
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