Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A 12.5" Telescope for Andy...

The start of a 12.5" string-strut telescope for Andy in Sonora, California.
This  telescope will sport a Zambuto primary, Antares secondary, Moonlite
2-speed focuser and Observatory Grade curved-vane spider.
An "Easy Transport Telescope" option is also included.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Mirror Cell for David in Canada...

David asked for an 11.5 square back plate for his 10" primary
mirror. The construction is all 3/4" Baltic birch.

Plenty of ventilation for cooling the mirror..

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Philip and His 15" Kit...



I just wanted to let you know that all of the parts for my 15" Dobsonian arrived in great condition. Your craftsmanship is superb. I am very impressed. I'll begin the process of sanding and painting this weekend. After that I will be applying a layer of protective polyurethane and then doing the final construction. I'll take photos along the way for your blog.

Here are the preliminary photos of all the parts spread out right from the box.

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Solar Eclipse Anyone? ? ?

 A wonderful group of friends joined me for this years partial eclipse in Palm Desert. Note the "projection system" on the 90mm refractor. A home-made solar filter for the C8 (with Baader film) and a few pairs of solar-glasses make for safe viewing.

Coffee, birthday cake for Linda and other "goodies" rounded out the snacks.

Friday, August 18, 2017

David's 8" on a Custom Dobstuff Mount ...

Dennis: Here take a peek the scope and rocker box work great together and there is some extra space too. You gave me a good 3 to 4 inches of wiggle room and that is perfect.  The first time I put the scope on the box I was just a bit out of balance but I quickly balanced the scope and it works well now…. I focused on some trees a mile or so away and noticed the mirror needs dusted off but otherwise it is awesome. David

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Solar Eclipse Anyone . . .

All ready for the solar eclipse on 8/21 -- I'll have some guests for
coffee and goodies. Here's a solar projection screen set-up I built
for the occasion. The NexStar 80GT mount tracks perfectly.

It works just right.

Philip's 15" Kit Nearly Complete ...

Except for a couple of small items, Philip's 15" string-strut kit is completed.
I can start packaging this for delivery and add the last "piece" tomorrow.

This is going to make a nice telescope!!