Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Len and his 12" ...

... and currently under some west Texas stars with my DobSTUFF
12" f/5 (taken earlier in the day). Love my scope.

Under the Stars with my 10" F4...

A beautiful evening for some astronomy...

A Mirror Cell for Mark . . .

Hi Dennis: You sure took care of business sir. The cell is AWESOME.. Thank you for your prompt fabrication and delivery .I will send a few pics also in a day or 2 when I put it in the Dob. Mark




Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Jerry's 12" Kit Completed . . .

Jerry's kit includes Easy Transport, strings, his mirror cell onto the
mirror board and an extra clamp for Telrad. Now to get this packaged
up and ready to ship.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Jerry's 12" Kit - Almost Completed ...

The "top ring" for Jerry's kit. Note the focuser bracket and
spider brackets in place. He'll be using a 3-vane Protostar.

And Jerry's rocker box is completed too.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

A Note from Carl and his 10" Telescope . . .

Hi Dennis:  I’ve been an ATM’er for almost fifty years. During the build I was very impressed how accurate and square the pieces were cut. Clamping the components yielded corners being square without having to clamp squares to the work while fastening together. I liked how you placed small marks where they were needed identifying centers and which part was for the left or right side. I’ve made many azimuth pivot bolts to accept encoders and I was really impressed with the azimuth pivot assembly you supplied – heavy duty with solid machined parts.

Friday evening I set up the scope for first light and spent several hours just star-hopping around. The motions were smooth with no stiction and a good balance between ease of movement and resistance to drooping when changing eyepieces. But most importantly, there was NO FOCUS SHAKE! That is one of my pet peeves about a scope/mount. Also, the scope held collimation well when changing altitude. Moving from horizontal to vertical resulted in NO change to collimation. No need for strings on this scope. It was a very enjoyable first experience and I am extremely happy with the kit you provided.  Carl.