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    It is official; S.A.A confirms: SCTs are dying

    One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered compound
    telescope community when S.A.A confirmed that SCT market share has
    dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all
    telescopes. Coming on the heels of a recent S.A.A survey which plainly
    states that SCTs have lost more market share, this news serves to
    reinforce what we've known all along. The SCT fanbase has collapsed in
    complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in a
    recent comprehensive star test.

    You don't need to be Kreskin to predict the future of SCTs. The hand
    writing is on the wall: SCTs face a bleak future. In fact there won't
    be any future at all for SCTs because SCTs are dying. Things are
    looking very bad for SCTs. As many of us are already aware, SCTs
    continue to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

    Non-GOTO SCTs are the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of
    their core users. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time
    Non-GOTO SCT suppliers Criterion and Bausch & Lomb only serve to
    underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt:
    Non-GOTO SCTs are dying.

    Due to the troubles of Celestron, abysmal sales and so on, Celestron
    Pacific went out of business and was taken over by Tasco who sell
    another troubled line. Now Celestron-Tasco is also dead, its corpse
    turned over to yet another charnel house.

    All major surveys show that SCTs have steadily declined in market
    share. SCT vendors are very sick and their long term survival prospects
    are very dim. If SCTs are to survive at all it will be among telescope
    collectors. SCT interest continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle
    could save them at this point in time. For all practical purposes, SCTs
    are dead.

    Fact: SCTs are dying


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    Somehow, I find it difficult to accept a premise such as this seriously
    from someone named after a malicious condiment.

    Randy


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    Don't buy your dooms day prediction, I have one, 11'' SCT OTA, still alive
    and kicking!
    Julius


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    Mean Mr Mustard wrote:

    interesting, where can I find these surveys? you will forgive me if I
    am a little skeptical because it has been my experience that technology
    does not die unless it is replaced (video tape for example). what has
    filled the need for compact, transportable-portable, moderately priced
    telescope.

    Criterion and Bausch & Lomb have not produced SCTs for a long time and
    never had a significant market share. how do they affect current market
    trends?
    one last thing, why is it specifically handwriting on the wall? it
    seems to me any type face could deliver the information with equal and
    possibly greater efficacy.

    Fiona


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    As long as light pollution is a problem in our residential neighborhoods,
    it will be necessary to transport our telescopes to dark sites. As long
    as this situation remains, sct's will be the dominant telescope for most
    committed amatuers.



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    Mean Mr Mustard wrote:

    dissect


    Fact: Trolls alive and well fed.

    Shawn

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    You are correctemundo. I see them along the roadsides every day now,
    dropping like flies. The DNR is conducting a survey to see what the
    problem is. Like hunting and fishing, lisensing is way down. Guess people
    have just lost the spirit for good old fashiond SCT love and offspring..
    Olga





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    Mean Mr Mustard wrote:

    I couldn't fail to disagree with you less!
    Clearly SCTs are a casualty of the dreaded "mirror flop".
    I've heard that the thread pitch used in attaching visual and
    photographic backs to SCTs has been deprecated. With nothing being
    manufactured that will mate with existing SCTs, the end cannot be far off.

    BTW, did you hear that Guang Shen was awarded a patent on the Newtonian
    design?

    Clear Skies,
    Uncle Bob


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    On Wed, 25 May 2005 23:22:07 -0700, Uncle Bob

    Do you have a source for this ??

    Geoff


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    I heard that not only did they win the patent, but now all newtonian
    users
    would be required to pay an annual licensing fee to GS. In a related
    story,
    Synta has copyrighted the word "APO", and will be vigorously combing
    these archives to follow up on any infringement.


 

 
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