Friday, December 2, 2016

A Focuser and Filter Slide for Kris' 16" Kit . . .


A nice Moonlite 2-speed 2" crayford focuser with
matching Moonlite filter slide. The assembly is held in 

place by a 1/4" thick heavy-duty focuser bracket.

The filter slide will hold three 2" filters. The opening
on the right is for "non-filter" viewing.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bob and His 8" F4 . . .

Dennis:

Here is a pic of me and my 8” Astro-Tech Newtonian mounted on the new Dobstuff mount.  I am still in the process of putting encoders on the altitude and azimuth.  In this picture you can see how I mounted a Sky Commander on the dob stand.

Best Regards,
Bob 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

More on Kris' 16" Kit . . .


Here, the altitude bearings and rocker box sides are coming together.
I've got a little more work on these before they're completed for  the kit.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Bob's 8" Custom Rocker/Alt Complete . . .

Completed is Bob's 8" rocker box and alt bearings for
his equatorially mounted telescope.

Note the "encoder" ready pivot. The rest of the encoder
mounting hardware is included.

More on Bob's 8" F4 Rocker . . .

All furniture grade Baltic birch 8" rocker box for Bob
in Ellicott, Maryland.

The azimuth motion is buttery smooth.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Erik's 13.1" F4.5 Virtually Complete . . .

Virtually complete is Erik's 13.1" F4.5 parallel strut telescope.
Note the "strings" for rigidity. The struts have been powder coated.
The 13.1" Primary mirror sits on an all aluminum 6-point flotation
mirror cell -- optimized with Plop.


The focuser is a 2-speed 2" crayford my Moonlite, a 3-van e, curved-vane
spider by Destiny. Note the red-dot finder on the upper strut.
All my "remake" and new telescopes come with a custom mirror cover
(lower right). The primary has a new 98% enhanced coating
and is center-marked for easy collimation.