Sunday, August 28, 2016

Derek's 17.5" Rocker Box . . .

Every now and then a customer asks for a "strut rocker". Derek chose
this configuration to "lighten the weight". I think it looks pretty good, too.

The front struts are 1.25" while the rear is 1". Perfect for any size telescope.

Friday, August 26, 2016

More on Derek's 17.5" Telescope . . .

Rocker box sides.

99% complete, the 27.5" altitude bearings are just about complete.
The telescope kit, itself, is 90% complete. Nice!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

More on Derek's 17.5" . . .

A few of Derek's mirror cell from the rear. The vent hole will
get a 120mm fan assembly.
Derek's mirror cell on the mirror board.
Rocker Box sides for Derek's 17.5" strut telescope.
The altitude bearings measure 27.5" in diameter.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A 17.5" Strut Telescope for Derek . . .

This will be a big telescope! A 17.5" for Derek in San Jose, California.
Note the 12" rule on the mirror board for scale.

Monday, August 22, 2016

John's 8" is Complete . . .

John's 8" is complete, here shown is the altitude encoder in place.

The Dew Shield.

Focuser baffle, the Kendrick secondary dew heater is shown
the "red band" keeps a thermal layer in place.

All of my fully constructed telescopes get a "name plaque".

Sunday, August 21, 2016

John's 8" Juuuuust about Complete . . .

The 6-point flotation mirror cell and Lockwood primary mirror.

The telescopes sports a Moonlite 2-speed focuser, curved-vane spider, red-dot
finder and Easy Transport Telescope option. A dew shield needs to be added.

A single fan helps cool the primary mirror during "cool down"

Another view of the top ring and components. Here you can see
the DSC "stage" and sliding counterweight.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

John's 8" OTA Just About Complete . . .

A fan for John 8" to help cool the primary during setup.
Just about complete is the OTA for John's 8" strut telescope.
Here, the altitude bearings are finished and attached.

Next is to assemble and complete the rocker box.