Sunday, October 23, 2016

Zac's 14" F4.6 -- Assembled Kit . . .

Zac, in Georgetown, Kentucky, assembled one of our kits for his 14" Hubble Optics mirror. Here's his telescope and some comments:


Got the scope out to a great dark sky event our club held at the Shaker Village near lexington, Ky.

First off the scope assembly and take down are very easy, It can be set up and cooling in less than 8min with some practice.

I also opted for a single speed focuser from moonlight and this was proven to be very reliable and smooth. 

The lens I used were an Orion q70 26mm, Televue panoptic 19mm and Type 6 televue 9mm nagler. 

The F4.6 of my hubble mirror produces way to much coma to work well with my Baader zoom, but the other lens were amazing in this scope! With the 9mm we were able to resolve the double double stars and views of M11, and M13 were breathtaking.  
The ring nebula and little and big dumbbell looked fantastic! My friends in the club were amazed at the views and build of the scope, it's so much more compact and lighter than some of the other classic dobs our members have. 

The DCS performed very well, I only noticed a slight error in locating objects due to the deep grass the scope was set up on. I need to install slightly longer feet on the ground board to fix the this issue.

Contrast was good as long as ambient light was low, I will make a shroud for it before the next meeting. 

As you can see from the pictures I installed a battery and custom switch box in the base so everything is contained and neat, it has a switch for the fan, DCS, and secondary heaters. Every thing is held down with velcro. and all wires and encoders store in the base. 
That's why I wanted solid sides on mine.

With the scrap of wood you sent with i made a lens rack and it performed well.

All and all I am very pleased with the scope, it holds it's alignment well and performed very well. It takes less time to setup than my LX90, the DCS works better and aligns easier than the LX and even though it takes up more space the views are so worth it.

Zach's 10" F4.5 Virtually Complete . . .

Zach's 10" F4.5, based on a Coulter primary mirror.
The finder is a Moonlite 2-speed 2" crayford. Note
the red-dot finder on the upper strut.
The 10" mirror without the custom cover. It is
center marked with a "donut" for easy collimation.

Each of the telescopes I build include a custom mirror cover.

The mirror sits on an all aluminum 6-point flotation
mirror cell optimized with Plop. The spider is a Destiny
3-vane curved-vane.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A 16" Kit for Grant . . .

Greetings Dennis:

Yesterday I popped down to Oroville and picked up my kit.  Very nicely packaged, everything looks good. It was pounding down rain all day yesterday so we decided to take my wife’s Corolla instead of the pickup truck.  The poles fit in through the trunk and the backseat in an opening that is probably intended for skis.  I emptied the parts from the  large box and put them into the trunk as shown in the attached photo. Grant

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Zach's 10" F4.5 . . .

Zach's 10" mirror box is complete. Now just
to mount the altitude bearings.

The rocker box is put together with clamps to
check fit. So far, it's great. Next is to varnish and assemble.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

More on Zach's 10" F4.5 . . .

Zach's 10", based on a Coulter primary, is coming together nicely.
Here, the rocker box sides, yet to be cut to length, altitude bearings
and assort clamps and wood struts. The mirror box is almost complete.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Zach's 10.1" F4.5 Telescope . . .

The beginnings of a 10.1" F4.5 with Coulter optics for Zach in
Lawndale, California. His telescope will include a 3-vane curved-vane spider
and Moonlite 2-speed 2" crayford focuser.

Keep an eye here for more photos as this telescope comes together.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Curtis picks up his 12" F4....

Curtis, from Orange, California, stopped by to pick up
his 12" F4 telescope. It always a pleasure having
a visit from one of my customers. Have fun with your
new telescope Curtis....