Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jeff, in Amelia, Ohio, receives his 16" Lightbridge rocker-box
upgrade -- and a couple of neat Explore Scientific eyepieces
at the same time!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paul B., in Naperville, Illinois, with his Dobstuff 16" F4.5 and solar filter. He and his students at North Central
College enjoy the sunny afternoon observing.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A 14" strut with strings made from a kit by Bryan
in Phoenix, AZ. Nice assembly job.

An 8" mirror cell for Juan in Boston, MA.

Juan needed a replacement cell for an Orion XT8i OTA.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The 10" Ultra "kit" is virtually complete for Dave in San Clemente, California.
(This telescope was "partially built" -- so it's a bit more than a kit!!)
Detail of the "mirror and rocker box" -- the mirror cover is in place.

The focuser is a low profile all metal helical 2" with 1.25" adapter
 (I carry these in stock).  The spider, just visible, is a single-vane Destiny.
A focuser baffle can be mounted opposite the focuser for increased contrast.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Continuing construction of Dave's 10" Ultra Telescope
The mirror cell is complete. You can just see the 9-points of contact.
(the mirror cell was optimized with Plop)

The mirror cover now in place. It's held in position by with small bolts/wing-nuts
for easy removal -- but stays in place during transport.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The "Mirror Box" and "Rocker Box"
The telescope azimuth motion is very smooth, rotating
on a ball-bearing lazy susan.

A 10" Ultra Telescope "kit"  being built for David P. in San Clemente, California.

Detail of the Alt Bearing and assembly.

The Ultra Telescope breaks down into a very small format.

Aluminum mirror cell for Dave's 10" Ultra Telescope.
It has 9-points of contact .

A nearly completed Ultra 10" Telescope

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A rocker box upgrade for Jeff in Amelia, Ohio
is complete and ready for packaging.

The all Baltic birch construction makes for a sturdy and attractive
rocker box upgrade for the Lightbridge telescope.

The addition of a "lock" designed to apply "stickton" to the telescope.
The purpose is to apply pressure when different size eyepiece weights are used.
A simple solution using a bolt, Teflon/washer disk and knob.

All packed up and ready to go.