Saturday, October 20, 2018

More on Dave's 16" F4.5 . . .

A 9-point flotation mirror cell designed and optimized
with plop. All aluminum construction and large
collimation bolts for stability and easy of adjustment.

Dave asked for "wheel barrow" handles to move his
16" telescope more easily. An effective and elegant
answer -- 10" pneumatic tires on black anodized
handles. These are "removable" of course

A solid 3/8" axle for stability and long life!!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

David's Upper Tube Assembly . . .

The Upper Tube Assembly (UTA) for David's 16" F4.5.

Now to add some color and varnish. That's the focuser
board in place yet to be drilled.

A Photo or Two from Robert in Shoreview, Minnesota...

Robert's 10" F5 with Sky Commander and
Easy Transport Telescope option.

Thanks, Robert, for the photo of you
and the telescope. Looking great!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A 16" Truss Telescope for Dave...

Underway is a 16" truss for Dave in Peotone, Illinois.
This one will have a full UTA and custom color.

Altitude bearings and rocker box sides. All furniture-grade
Baltic birch. The bearings are 26" in diameter.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Destination Moon .....

I  happened upon this video on Youtube about making the film Destination Moon in 1950. In it, we meet George Pal (producer of this and other science fiction films), Robert Heinlein (science fiction author) and Chesley Bonestell (science artist and author).  I saw this film when it was first released and dozens of times since then!!

Check out this link. Click HERE.
An example of Chesley Bonestell's work

City at Night on the L.A. TV station KTLA

Chris' Kit .. Completed ....

Chris 17.5" kit is complete, packaged and ready to go...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A Neat Idea from Curt in Redmond, Washington...

Storing the top ring on a truss telescope has been made
easy by Curt with his adapter-ring and short struts.

Great idea, me thinks!!!

And, yet another view...