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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Complete is a 10" F4.7 OTA for Diana in Wilmington, Delaware.
Note the Easy Transport Telescope (ETT) option. The ETT makes
the struts 1/2 as long while introducing the intermediate ring for rigidity.

The OTA, including the mirror cover, only weighs 22.5#.

Diana's 10" rocker box is taking shape. This
telescope will have a Sky Commander installed.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The 10" strut F4.7 OTA near completion for Diana from Wilmington, Delaware.

Jay's 17.5" F4.5 "in the field" with his friend Eric at the eyepiece.
(Looks like it's a beautiful sky near Herriman, Utah)

Friday, July 18, 2014

We now install a "break" for the altitude bearings of our rocker boxes. These are simple to make,
simple to install and easy to use.