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EssexMigrant

What happened to the Vintage group?

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I just came back for a peek, and found to my dismay that the fairly active vintage group that there used to be on here, is gone. Shame really. There must be a few people still using old stuff, or just collecting it?

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There was and the OP is quite right it was active. It unfortunately went sone years ago when SGL forum had a rehash.

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I am struggling to recall one ?

Perhaps it was merged with the Scopes & Whole Setups board during one of the forum updates. 

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13 minutes ago, Steve said:

Perhaps it was merged with the Scopes & Whole Setups board during one of the forum updates. 

Looking at EssexMigrant’s posts (back in 2012) they are mostly in the Scopes & Whole Setups board so it appears the board he remembers was merged, not removed. 

HTH

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Some relative newcomers here with 'older' scopes. I have a DarkStar Dob from the early 90s and a wee late 60s Tasco.

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I've been here 7 years and I don't remember a Vintage forum.

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Me neither, but there might have been one ? 

I recall a few years back a discussion around how the forum layout and navigation might be made easier. I remember some related boards were merged. So if there was a Vintage Telescope board I guess it now lives within the Scopes & Whole Setups board. 

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It seems only Browndwarf and me remember it, so perhaps both of us share the same dreams? I do think that either way that there should be one; would it be that difficult to create? Any other takers?

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There was a Social group called the 'vintage/classic group'. I contributed to this group as I owned a Towa f/15 refractor. Steve is correct this group was merged into the Equipment - Scopes/Whole Set Ups. There is currently a discussion on this topic in the Moderation area.

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Ah, perhaps that’s what I remember Mark! That should be reinstated. Why on earth was it merged? It makes no sense at all. 

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The Forum changes for many reasons. If you look at the top of the page we introduced a 'Clubs' area a few months back and closed down many Groups and moved them into this new area.  I have raised your comment in the Moderation area for discussion.

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1 hour ago, EssexMigrant said:

That should be reinstated. Why on earth was it merged? It makes no sense at all. 

You have returned after a six-year break and during that time I don't think anyone has mentioned it or requested a separate discussion board... 

As always if enough people request and then use a new discussion board then we will create one. So is it necessary or beneficial for discussions of 'vintage' telescopes be pulled from the regular telescope discussion board and given a place of their own? 

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Then I apologise for my suggestion. I have to confess to being surprised that nobody else has shown interest, clearly I’m on my own here. I stand quietened. 

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No need to apologise for your suggestion, it was only your tone that surprised me ? 

But you might be right. Now you have returned and mentioned it perhaps others will request a new separate discussion board. 

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I think the main advantage of a separate section for vintage equipment would be ease of access. Most telescope owners have a level of interest regarding all examples in the past but there might not be enough "traffic" for an individual section. I have a 200 year old 3" refractor, a self built 5" F15 triplet refractor with a 100 year old objective, a vintage C8 and a couple of vintage Astrosystems Newtonians. I'm actually vintage myself so have more than just a vested interest.   ?

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Perhaps vintage scope enthusiasts prefer to communicate by letter?

What would be a date to qualify as 'vintage'? My Dark Star is only about 25 years old, but is way more primitive than 'modern' dobs.

 

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I reckon the Dark Star qualifies, absolutely! Not sure where any cut off should be, perhaps 10 or 15 years?

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I would think that at the rate of current technological progress, 25 years might well be appropriate for telescopes. 6 months for a phone.    ?

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21 hours ago, Gina said:

I've been here 7 years and I don't remember a Vintage forum.

I set it up in the communities section, it was well received and active  but then the SGL was rehashed and a lot of the communities were merged.

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8 hours ago, EssexMigrant said:

It seems only Browndwarf and me remember it, so perhaps both of us share the same dreams? I do think that either way that there should be one; would it be that difficult to create? Any other takers?

Err no ,I set it up and semi moderated it

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Can I request folks who havent been on SGL for at least 5 years please stop saying the vintage section didnt exist. Its making me question reality and my memory. Im starting to think I imagined it now ?

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I certainly don't remember SGL being rehashed, although obviously it has undergone various changes and software updates over the years.

I've been here around 8 years and unfortunately don't recall the Vintage section so perhaps it could have used a better position or profile.

I'm sure if there is sufficient demand a way will be found to reinstate it. I think perhaps my Genesis and GP-DX with Skysensor 2000PC may just qualify?

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Web Archive .org has a copy of the 'Classic & Vintage Scopes' group . Posted a link below, to alay any fears of reality or memory episodes for PhilJ ;D

http://web.archive.org/web/20111118175739/http://stargazerslounge.com/group.php?cat=1

 

Cheers, Andy

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Woops, wrong link, now fixed, I hope.
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