Since the year 2000, Meade stock has fallen from almost $40 per share to 19 cents today! They are struggling for their very survival. Why? Given the resurgence of amateur astronomy, the obvious answer would be to say poor management. While the reality is a bit more complicated, that's pretty much it in a nutshell. Even in light of fierce competition, one would think that a well-managed company, in today's hot market, could do better. The new ETX-LS is their only hope of recovery. (Much like the original ETX pulled them out of the doldrums of the 90's). Darrell Spencer -----Original Message----- From: az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Stan Gorodenski Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 9:22 AM To: AZ-Observing Subject: [AZ-Observing] What's Happening to Meade In the recent issue of S&T I couldn't help being struck by Meade's sparsity of ads and the numerous ads that have the banner name Celestron <snip> Stan Gorodenski This communication, including any attachments, may contain information that is proprietary, privileged, confidential or legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not a named addressee, you are hereby notified that you are not authorized to read, print, retain a copy of or disseminate any portion of this communication without the consent of the sender and that doing so may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify the sender via return e-mail and delete it from your system. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.