Tuesday, August 12, 2014

John's 16" telescope -- not the "string option" is installed.

John G., in Pomona, California -- and his
16" F4.5 telescope completed from one
of our kits. Nice job John!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tom's 14" strut telescope -- Custom Color...

Everywhere I go I look for astronomy/telescope related points-of-interest. During my trip to Ireland, the U.K. and Scotland this month -- I'll look for some of these sights.

BUT, you can still contact me via email. I'll be in the evening everyday. So, email and say hello...

We're off to Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdon
this month. Keep an eye on my travel blog.

During our trip, we expect to visit Lord Rosse's 72" telescope at Birr Castle.
The telescope was built in 1845 and is now preserved as an exhibit at the castle.

Birr Castle, central Ireland.

A closer picture of Rosse's 72" telescope.

We'll be visiting the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England.

We also hope to get to Stonehenge .

Friday, August 1, 2014

Crispyn, from Tuscon, Arizona
and his 10" F5 Telescope
"Hi Dennis,  I promised you I would send a photo of my completed telescope and here it is! Complete with a dobstuff 6 point mirror cell, a destiny curved spider, a 10 inch f5 mirror refigured by Steve Dodds at Nova Optical, and a kineoptics HC-2 focuser.

I am yet to take it out under the stars but from what I've seen just testing everything out, it looks nice and crisp. Your mirror cell works great and I haven't had any trouble with it. Surprisingly, the whole telescope is fairly light, probably in the realm of 50 pounds or so. I can remove the tube from the mirror box for easier transportation which is something I absolutely needed.

Looking forward to first light!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tom's 14" Mirror -- all set for mounting the mirror cell.
Finding and marking the mirror's center (on the rear).

Here, I'm affixing the 6-point flotation mirror cell to the
mirror with silicone. A hole in the center of the cell
lines up with the center of the mirror -- easy and effective.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A 14" F4.5 strut telescope is underway for Tom in Chesterfield, Missouri.
The 6-point mirror is partially-completed. This telescope will sport the 
Easy Transport (ETT) option as well as a custom color..

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Completed today is a 10" F4.7 strut telescope for Diana in 
Wilmington, Delaware. Note the Sky Commander system
on a strut-mounted "stage".

Plenty of ventilation for fast cooling.