Saturday, August 29, 2015

Eric's and his Weekend Get-away . . .

Just out for a weekend drive, Eric from Albuquerque, New Mexico came by to
pick up his 6" telescope. We had an enjoyable visit, talked telescopes and enjoyed
dinner at one of my favorite desert bistros.

Thanks for coming by Eric. Let's do it again!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jesse's 10" F4.9 Completed . . .

10" F4.9 for Jesse in Claremore, Oklahoma completed today. Note the Telrad,
DSC "stage" and dew shield.

Alt Encoder and Dew Shield.

Detail of the Moonlite focuser, Telrad and DSC "stage" The lower
left is a 1.25# sliding counter-weight.

Monday, August 24, 2015

And more on Jesse's 10" Telescope . . .

The Optical Tube Assembly is complete and the rocker box
almost completed. The motions feel great.
Shown is the sliding counterweight on the lower strut.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

More on Jesse's 10" F4.9 . . .

Jesse's 10" OTA virtually complete. The
Easy Transport Telescope (ETT) shortens
each segment of the struts to just 22" long.

Detail of the Intermediate Ring and mirror box.

The top ring sports a Destiny 3-vane curved-vane spider and
Moonlite 2-speed crayford focuser.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A 10" for Jesse Takes Shape . . .

With the completion of the mirror board and top ring, I'm close
to completing the OTA.

The spider is a Destiny and the focuser is a 2-speed Moonlite.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Terry & Sandra and their 12" Lightbridge

Here's what Terry and Sandra have to say about their new Lighbridge Custom Rocker Box:

"Dear Dennis:

Most of us are always looking for ways to improve the performance of our telescopes. We want to make our instruments all they can be and squeeze out all of the potential the scopes have. My Meade Lightbridge 12 had good aperture,  fairly easy assembly and portability, and  I was able to star hop around and see great things. The rocker box, however, was made of laminate covered particle board....heavy and prone to eventual degradation...probably 30 % overweight. Also star-hopping around the sky had me using a lot of observing time searching and not seeing. DobSTUFF.COM and Dennis Steele to the rescue. Dennis’ website was very informative, and Dennis was a hands-on, very available communicator. I wrote many e-mails asking lots of questions and Dennis fielded them all quickly with good detail. My work with Dennis on my new rocker box and Sky Commander XP4 DSC system was so successful. I’ve never done a project where so many things have gone right.

Terry and Sandra"

Terry, from Lacey, Washington, and his 12"
Lightbridge on a Dobstuff Custom Rocker Box.

And his wife Sandra!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A 10" F4.9 for Jesse in Claremore, Oklahoma . . .

A custom mirror cover -- each telescope I build gets one of these.

The rear of the mirror board. Large ventilication hole allows for quick
cooling of the mirror. Large knobs for easy collimation.

The OTA rests on rubber feet when standing upright.

The mirror board with mirror cell. The mirror cover is in the background.