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    Does anyone use Parks anymore? I have several of their filters from 15 yrs ago. Does anyone use their optical tubes or full setups? Ive never observed through or imaged with Parks so I'm curious. They have some rather fast optics that might be nice for imaging but I don't have experience with their optics. Can anyone shed some light on this? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Parks Optical

    They've been around for 50 + years, so I figured some of the members here might know about them. They deal mostly in reflectors. I'll google around some more.

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    Parks has indeed been around for a while - I've only seen these as part of University astronomy programs, and in a few observatory environments, used mostly in undergrad programs or public outreach portions of the observatory operations. I have never seen one in the hands of a private individual. The one I've seen most frequently is a convertible Newt/Cass on a rolling pier mount. Certainly an interesting instrument...
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    I thought so too. I was looking at the 10" @ F5 nightlight for some imaging. I notice they use Fiberglass tube. I wonder who does their optic work. I might have to give them a call. The only thing I see that I would change would be the focuser.

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    I think Parks went out of business. Their websites still work, though, so maybe they were sold to someone else. I know they sold off Lumicon to a former employee.

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    Interesting. I didn't know that. I wonder why they keep the website going?

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