2018 RCE Redux

Here’s a little photo blog from the “Rencontres du Ciel et de l’Espace” (RCE) show.  The show took place from November 1st through 3rd at the Museum of Science and Industry in Paris and featured over 150 lectures (in French of course) over the three days with vendors spread over two floors.  Daily attendance is in the neighborhood of 2,500 people, so it’s a busy show!  I’m only sorry that these pictures don’t do the show justice. After all, I’m really there to speak with people, make recommendations, and demonstrate our equipment, not write a blog. 🙂
 
I arrived at my hotel quite exhausted at 7 am Parisian time. Thankfully my room was ready and I took a long nap while the Optique Unterlinden crew did the heavy lifting setting up most of the booth.  Show set up was 2-to-10 pm. I arrived at 5 to finish arranging the eyepiece display cabinet and set up our eyepiece/Tele Vue-85/Kermitis as well as Tele Vue-60/FoneMate demonstrations. Also, Alvaro of AstronSCIENTIFIC had photo and visual configurations of Rotarions set up on an NP101is and Tele Vue-85.

Tele Vue: We’ll Always Have Paris!

Here I am with Pierre-Jean who I first met in 2006.  In this photo from the 2016 RCE, Pierre-Jean had just purchased his 82nd and 83rd Tele Vue eyepieces, a pair of 15mm Plössls.

It’s almost time to board the plane for my biennial trip to the “Rencontres du Ciel et de l’Espace” (RCE).  The show takes place from November 1st through 3rd at the Museum of Science and Industry in Paris and features over 150 lectures (in French of course) over the three days with vendors spread over two floors.  Daily attendance is in the neighborhood of 2,500 people, so it’s a busy show!  Continue reading “Tele Vue: We’ll Always Have Paris!

New Year’s Message from Tele Vue Optics

Looking back and ahead with Tele Vue President David Nagler.
Tele Vue Optics, Inc. President David Nagler.
2017 was an exciting year for Tele Vue and our hobby: certainly the August 21st, 2017 Great American Eclipse dominated the headlines. In our blog coverage of the grand event, we took a peek inside NASA’s eclipse imaging SOLAR LAB and recounted our totality adventures in Tellico Plains, TN, Columbia, SC, and Nashville, TN.

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2017 Eclipse: Naglers in Nashville, TN!

Observers point at first contact in front of the Tele Vue tent. David Nagler is third from left in green.

If ever there was an event that bound together every living thing on this planet, the disappearance of the Sun during broad daylight reminds us of just how reliant, fragile and connected we are. To be able to share the emotions of that special moment with others reminds us that all the moments we share are special.

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About the NEAF Night Vision Demonstration

Customer brought an original 13mm Nagler to try. Worked great with the Night Vision monocular.

NEAF has always been a great show for us.  It’s a wonderful chance for people to get their hands on our equipment and really see and feel the care and quality we put into our products.  While five of us were constantly busy showing scopes, making eyepiece recommendations, and enjoying talking amateur astronomy, no one was busier than my father.  He was giving show-goers a glimpse of what our eyepieces, adapted to night vision, could do. Continue reading “About the NEAF Night Vision Demonstration”

AstroFest Update: Friends New and Old

One of the best experiences of shows like this is getting to meet our customers. Richard came to the Widescreen stand asking for eyepiece recommendations for his NP101is. He “sheepishly” admitted that he bought the NP101is because he was getting into imaging. He already owned an NP101 but wanted the enhanced features of the “is” version and the plan was to sell the original NP101. Well as we’ve heard from many Tele Vue telescope owners: he just couldn’t part with an old friend. Richard still owns his original NP101 and images with his NP101is.
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AstroFest Update: Widescreen Centre & FoneMate Demo


Widescreen Centre always puts their best foot forward for Tele Vue. They provided me with all the goodies to satisfy our customers — even down to the smallest adapters which I was sure nobody would need. Sure enough, our good friend known as “Mr. T” needed that QuikPoint Adapter bracket. Real “heads up” to Simon and Elena from the Widescreen Center and a big THANK YOU for making it such a good time. No wonder I keep coming back to this show :-). Continue reading “AstroFest Update: Widescreen Centre & FoneMate Demo”