Archive for December 3, 2017

University Optics Close Doors After More than 55+ Years

December 3, 2017

I’m a bit late in finding out, but University Optics closed its doors in ~June 2017.  I was saddened to hear this. 

After 25 years, I still use my UO Konig’s :  A 12 mm, 16 mm, 24 mm in a 1.25-inch  format, and a 32 mm 2-inch, and also a 20 mm UO Erfle.  I also have a University Optics 2.8x Klee Barlow.  

About 15 years ago I called the owner, Mr. Seyfried.  My 12 mm Konig had a streak of light crossing the FOV when observing brighter stars.  Seyfried told me to send the eyepiece back to University Optic’s (after more than 10 years) and he would replace the lens.  

The eyepiece was returned back to me in less than a couple weeks, and it performs perfectly to this day.  Now this is a great warranty and great service for sure!  I was willing to pay for the repair service, but Mr. Seyfried would have no part of this.  

It’s very sad to see a company that supplied mirror making kits, mirror cells and other low profit items, which other vendors did not sell, is now out of business after 55+ years.  

University Optic’s will be missed by the amateur astronomy community.  

I like things to stay the same  😦 

Roger Ivester