OK, I am a new 'used' Orion owner. First of all thanks to all of you who
had to have the latest and greatest with the color display, etc. If it
hadn't been for you trading in your outdated original Orions I probably
wouldn't have been able to afford the really nice Orion Ten-Tec is
sending me. :)
I just wish that more of the Orion content on this reflector fell into
the category of 'useful' information, tips, techniques, processes, etc.
(hint, hint). On the other hand it seems like there are a lot of
threads of love/hate Orion, love/hate Ten-Tec.... and these seem rather
self serving and pointless (at least to me) and frankly they do little
to enhance the joy of being an Orion owner. I think the banter just
muddies the waters.
Imagine yourself in a movie theatre trying to enjoy a new feature film
when suddenly someone gets up a shouts... "lousy film!, the theatre down
the street has a better one!" and then someone else retorts "No, you
don't get it... you wouldn't know a good film if you fell into it!" and
this back and forth banter goes on and on and on.... Guess what? Those
who came in to simply watch the film and have their own personal
experience doing so eventually get tired of this background 'noise' and
we either become a part of the problem ourselves or we get up and walk
out. I wonder how many like myself hesitated moving to an Orion because
of this reflector? Maybe never even try one? Frankly, had it not been
for the fact that my friend bought an Orion some time ago and that I
have had an opportunity to actually use one, I don't think I would have
ever taken the plunge myself. I certainly hesitated a long time.
Fortunately I learned the secret last year that has minimized the effect
of the 'theatre talkers'... I switched to the reflector's Digest mode so
I can quickly scan the subject headings and focus on reading the
non-Orion content as that typically seems helpful in nature and very
useful to me. Maybe someday, when the Orion is no longer in the
spotlight the debaters will have moved onto something else and the rest
of us can relax and simply enjoy our Orions.
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