The research project has come a long way since being initiated in September 2014 and that is due in great part to the efforts of the dedicated collector community. I would like to thank all the site contributors for your continued participation in, and support of, this project. Overall, the classic telescope community has benefited from the information provided by Unitron and Polarex enthusiasts from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, as well as from all over the United States. I expect this trend will continue as we expand our knowledge of these great telescope brands.
During this period I have had the pleasure to meet some great individuals who are also enthusiastic collectors of these fine telescopes, and had the opportunity to visit and observe through 6 inch Unitron telescopes in five locations including Texas, Arizona, Connecticut, Vermont and Michigan. For me these experiences have been the thrills of a lifetime! The star party at Rafes Urban Astronomy Center held in March 2015 was especially gratifying…as was the opportunity to work with the members of the Green Mountain Association of Amateur Astronomers – dedicated individuals responsible for taking care of the 6 inch Unitron at Castleton University in Vermont.
As an original owner of two Unitron telescopes, I have been an admirer of these fine instruments since first reading about them in Sky and Telescope magazine back in the 1950’s. With that as part of my motivation, I decided to take on as a retirement project the research and documentation of the history of the Unitron Company. I recognize there are some very good articles that document the history already hosted on various sites. However, it is my belief there is good justification to consolidate this information in an effort to provide a more comprehensive and detailed history. It is also my belief there are good sources still available that can provide personal insight into the company, but time is running out to take advantage of these sources. This website is intended to serve as a means for those sources to provide that information not only on the history, but hopefully on some of the hidden large aperture Unitron and Polarex telescopes.
The two primary objectives I proposed for this project are to:
1. Develop a comprehensive and verifiable history of the Unitron Company from the early 1950s until the early 1990s
2. Document the existing 5 inch and 6 inch scopes; there are no accurate records of production numbers
I recognize the difficulty in this effort given not only the passage of time, but the privacy issues. I expect this to be a multi-year effort…and a living document by virtue of the website. At some point in time those holders of information, and owners of the larger aperture Polarex/Unitron’s, may want to take advantage of this site to pass on what information they can contribute to this project. It is my hope that this website will serve that purpose.
Dave Komar, Culpeper, VA
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein