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(Edmund Optics)   Raise an Erlenmeyer flask in farewell to the Willy Wonka of geekdom, Norman Edmund of Edmund Scientific (1916-2012)   (edmundoptics.com) divider line 54
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2012-01-23 04:11:42 PM
If you order nine of the Plagues of Egypt, you get the tenth plague free!

Let me see: darkness, river turning to blood, locusts*, frogs, boils, flies, death of the first born. Drat. I'm still three plagues short.

*Simpsons ordered this one in the George W.H. Bush episode.
 
2012-01-23 04:13:54 PM
I loved that place when I was a kid.
 
2012-01-23 04:15:12 PM
I think I ordered an inflatable butt-plug from them some years back.
 
2012-01-23 04:24:19 PM
Florence flask FTW!
 
2012-01-23 05:11:28 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

RIP Edmund
 
2012-01-23 05:25:20 PM
I had forgotten all about them. I used to love their catalog.
 
2012-01-23 05:27:23 PM
Who wants a drinking bird?
 
2012-01-23 05:36:17 PM
Somewhere in my Dad's house there is still probably a stack of Edmunds catalogs. I would near-literally fap to the page with the lasers on it.

Those trips out to New Jersey to spend hours at Edmund back in the 70s are some of the happiest memories of my childhood. In fact, come to think of it, I still have a reflector telescope from Edmunds sitting in my old room back home. Next time I am back I will have to pack that sucker up and bring it with me. Should still work with a little TLC and calibration, I think.
 
2012-01-23 05:47:42 PM
I used to love American science & Surplus back when they were a catalog outlet for Edmunds.
I sorta gave up on AS&S locally when they were having to call in every purchase because the check out software was crap.
 
2012-01-23 05:48:40 PM
Somewhere I still have a bunch of front surface mirrors that Edmund sold as part of its Music Vision set. I loved their catalogs.
 
2012-01-23 05:57:41 PM
Jeeze me and my brother bought stuff from them almost 50 years ago. We practically had the catalog memorized.
 
2012-01-23 05:58:34 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I loved that place when I was a kid.


I love that place now. I build the occasional reflecting telescope, and it's hard to find long focal length mirrors these days. Everyone wants to sell you these (admittedly very nice) super fast mirrors with the great wide field of view, but I want to point it at bright planetary objects, and for that, you can't beat f/10+. I have a couple of their 4" spherical mirrors, and was just coveting their 8" f/10.

/ geek
 
2012-01-23 06:11:54 PM

Rev.K: Florence flask FTW!


Naw, man, it's all about the Round-bottom boiling flask, 5,000 mL
 
2012-01-23 06:22:06 PM
Sounds like a really neat guy to have known.
 
2012-01-23 06:25:18 PM

Rent Party: Marcus Aurelius: I loved that place when I was a kid.

I love that place now. I build the occasional reflecting telescope, and it's hard to find long focal length mirrors these days. Everyone wants to sell you these (admittedly very nice) super fast mirrors with the great wide field of view, but I want to point it at bright planetary objects, and for that, you can't beat f/10+. I have a couple of their 4" spherical mirrors, and was just coveting their 8" f/10.

/ geek


Long focal length reflectors just don't sell much anymore but they are still out there if you look. Portability is actually the overiding factor, since light pollution is so bad nowadays most people drive to a dark site to do their viewing and it's quite tough to get a 8" f8 tube to fit in your car. Mine barely squeezes into my Volvo wagon with the back seats folded down.

/Previous owner of the scope bought all the parts from Edmunds in the 70's but never did anything with it, I finally got to put it together last year after he abandoned it.
//Yes, light pollution doesn't matter much for planetary viewing
///RIP Science Man
 
2012-01-23 06:27:18 PM
I tried to pour a little bit of my malt liquor out of a Klein bottle in his honor, but nothing happened.
 
2012-01-23 06:34:13 PM

Uzzah: I tried to pour a little bit of my malt liquor out of a Klein bottle in his honor, but nothing happened.


That only attracts Möbius strippers..
 
2012-01-23 06:39:54 PM

markie_farkie: Uzzah: I tried to pour a little bit of my malt liquor out of a Klein bottle in his honor, but nothing happened.

That only attracts Möbius strippers..


*snert*

/Why am I not surprised that Fark is full of Edmund Scientific fans?
//Why is not in the Geek tab?
 
2012-01-23 06:41:19 PM
RIP test tubey man
 
2012-01-23 06:55:40 PM
I still remember the first time I looked through a catalog. I literally got chills. I was so blown away. Good memories.

RIP Geek enabler
 
2012-01-23 07:06:48 PM

pocketrubbish: Rent Party: Marcus Aurelius: I loved that place when I was a kid.

I love that place now. I build the occasional reflecting telescope, and it's hard to find long focal length mirrors these days. Everyone wants to sell you these (admittedly very nice) super fast mirrors with the great wide field of view, but I want to point it at bright planetary objects, and for that, you can't beat f/10+. I have a couple of their 4" spherical mirrors, and was just coveting their 8" f/10.

/ geek

Long focal length reflectors just don't sell much anymore but they are still out there if you look. Portability is actually the overiding factor, since light pollution is so bad nowadays most people drive to a dark site to do their viewing and it's quite tough to get a 8" f8 tube to fit in your car. Mine barely squeezes into my Volvo wagon with the back seats folded down.

/Previous owner of the scope bought all the parts from Edmunds in the 70's but never did anything with it, I finally got to put it together last year after he abandoned it.
//Yes, light pollution doesn't matter much for planetary viewing
///RIP Science Man


I think you're right. The other factor that has led to the demise of the long tube is simple height when it's set up. There has been some real innovative work done on truss tube design, and while materials are getting more rigid, lighter weight, and more portable, there is no technology on Earth other than a good old fashioned step ladder that will get you to the eyepiece of that 8" f/10. It makes casual viewing a bit more of a pain, which probably doesn't sell as many mirrors to mom and dad wanting to spark Jr.'s appetite for science.

It's one of those things I understand and generally support, even if it makes my life harder.
 
2012-01-23 07:15:06 PM

markie_farkie: That only attracts Möbius strippers..


Or Mars flies. But then they get trapped in the bottle.

Replied partly to see if they're known my the Fark crowd.
 
2012-01-23 07:26:49 PM
Today's science catalogs portray people interested in science projects as geeky "outsiders," but Norman Edmund always marketed his merchandise as being exclusive to "industry insiders." You had the feeling when you were buying prisms and micro-motors from the catalog that you had a connection to somebody in the "science business." Every page of those catalogs was stacked with dangerous and amazing stuff, and it was staggering as a kid to consider that all you had to do was fill out the order form, enclose a check - - and it would all arrive on your front porch in a week.

Ordering stuff from Amazon nowadays is only a dim reminder of what it used to be like to see an Edmund Scientific box on the front steps when you got home from school.

RIP Mr. Edmund. Thanks for all the science coolness.
 
2012-01-23 07:28:04 PM
Aw. I spent a lot of time in that store as a kid back in the late 70s. I still have a scope from them...
 
2012-01-23 07:32:49 PM
Wow, did they get a lot of my lawn-mowing money...
 
2012-01-23 07:37:02 PM
R.I.P. to a great man who's vision (a sweet chemistry set) allowed me to blow up a small part of my backyard. Tears fill my safety goggles.

/their modern catalog for those who don't know. (new window)
 
2012-01-23 07:42:56 PM
I got their catalog from the time I was in 6th grade, finding it in the back of Popular Science I think. Always studied the catalog when it arrived, trying to imagine what I would do with a parabolic mirror, but I could never afford to buy anything.
 
2012-01-23 07:45:50 PM
 
2012-01-23 08:44:26 PM
I grew up with the latest issue of Edmund Scientific Catalogue always in the house throughout the 70s...loved it.
 
2012-01-23 08:45:17 PM
Still have a gyroscope from them and a dipping bird.
 
2012-01-23 09:03:33 PM
RIP Norman Edmund
 
2012-01-23 09:12:14 PM
Bummer. I still like browsing through Edmund Scientific.
 
2012-01-23 09:20:49 PM
American Science and Surplus carries some of the same cachet or spirit of old Edmund, but the last few years, the catalogs I got from them were rather cheerless and all-business.

/Spent my teens in the '70's buying or saving up for Edmunds products.
 
2012-01-23 10:21:48 PM
Swiped a catalog from my HS teacher. I wanted to build a personal laboratory. If i tried doing it now, the feds might think I was running a meth lab.
 
2012-01-23 10:24:43 PM
Used to want a laser from them so bad, now I can get the same for 4.99 in the shape of a mouse to tease the cats, ahhhh progress.
 
2012-01-23 10:35:41 PM

gilgigamesh: Somewhere in my Dad's house there is still probably a stack of Edmunds catalogs. I would near-literally fap to the page with the lasers on it.

Those trips out to New Jersey to spend hours at Edmund back in the 70s are some of the happiest memories of my childhood. In fact, come to think of it, I still have a reflector telescope from Edmunds sitting in my old room back home. Next time I am back I will have to pack that sucker up and bring it with me. Should still work with a little TLC and calibration, I think.


Those Astroscans are practically indestructable. If it's not workimg for you, replace the eyepiece.
 
2012-01-23 10:59:48 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I loved that place when I was a kid.


Me too. Aisles and aisles of geeky delights.
 
2012-01-24 12:01:09 AM
I can't remember what, if anything I bought from the catalog (also in early '70s) but I do - Oh, wait, I know I bought moon dust! Genuine artificial moon dust! - remember being captivated by the array of products therein.
 
2012-01-24 12:46:18 AM
Edmund Scientific used to sell surplus I.R. scopes (new window) like the ones T.H.R.U.S.H. used in 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' I tried to get one, but I was too young to buy one and couldn't convince my father to order one for me.

/ RIP Mr. Edmund
 
2012-01-24 01:04:13 AM

FlukeBoy: I grew up with the latest issue of Edmund Scientific Catalogue always in the house throughout the 70s...loved it.


I used to dog ear the pages in the hopes that my folks (santa) would get me the stuff for Christmas
 
2012-01-24 01:06:11 AM
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2012-01-23 06:27:18 PM   
I tried to pour a little bit of my malt liquor out of a Klein bottle in his honor, but nothing happened.


Its already outside.
 
2012-01-24 02:10:10 AM
I guess this is the geek confessional thread. My excuse is that dad was an electronic engineer, quite a bigwig in the defense industry. Even had a high security clearance. Used to bring home all kinds of resistors, capacitors and various circuit boards for me to play with in the 60's/70's. I learned to read a schematic diagram almost before I learned to read. So the Edmund catalog was like fap material pretty much.

Built a computing device on my own in the early 70's.

Adept move on my part to chuck the study of computer science (which would go nowhere) for art history. Brilliant!
 
2012-01-24 04:21:15 AM
When I was a kid, I always wanted one of their huge Fresnel lenses ("melts asphalt in seconds!"), but could never afford it. As an adult, it seemed less of a priority. I still would love to have one, though.
 
2012-01-24 08:17:02 AM
But can you get a besselheim plate, or a gribbin?!



/nothing is obscure, if you just look around you
 
2012-01-24 10:50:35 AM
The best road trips with my dad were when we got in the ancient Toyota and drove down to the Barrington NJ store and came back loaded with as much stuff that he wanted as I did. The discount area south of the showroom was just a 70s geek dream come true. The first thing I ever saved up for was a 4 1/4" Edmund reflector WITH a clock drive (1970). My mother (who didn't get it) decided it paid off when I actually took a picture with it that got in Astronomy magazine. Somewhere I still have the issue and the negative...

RIP Ur-Geek
 
2012-01-24 10:50:57 AM
Anyone else immediately think "X-files" whenever they hear "Erlenmeyr flask"?
 
2012-01-24 10:53:42 AM
Alright! If you can dig it I wanna hear you shout
Erlenmeyer Flask!
(Erlenmeyer Flask!)

Alright, I know you loved it the first time
You gonna love it even more the second time
As once more, we prepare to get down
And do some serious big-time brown nosin'
 
2012-01-24 01:31:57 PM

Any Pie Left: American Science and Surplus carries some of the same cachet or spirit of old Edmund, but the last few years, the catalogs I got from them were rather cheerless and all-business.

/Spent my teens in the '70's buying or saving up for Edmunds products.


When I was in high school, there were these two girls who would always spray themselves with way too much perfume right before class. If I'd had any money at the time, I would have ordered one of the surplus gas masks that American Science and Surplus was selling at the time.

I still wonder how they would have responded if their perfume routine had been interrupted one day by a guy staring at them while wearing a gas mask...
 
2012-01-24 02:08:20 PM
Grew up in South Jersey, a few towns from the ES factory store... got a few things here and there, but nothing major. Wound up working in the space sciences, and always get a kick out of any components in boxes with eo (Edmund Optics) on 'em.
 
2012-01-24 03:11:17 PM
This should be merged with that thread about favorite things from the 1970's I don't see anymore... I loved getting those catalogs! Made some weird optical projects with dodgy surplus lenses from there, mostly astro scope stuff.

RIP Mr. Edmund.

/btw, where's the RIP Edmund post with Blackadder? slacking....
 
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