Monday, July 25, 2016

A 16" Telescope, 16" Rocker and Coulter Rocker ...

Marc's 16" F4.5 with Swayze mirror is virtually complete.
Note the large finder on the upper string. Strings also.
The "mirror box" with cover. The bottom end of  the strings
are visible. Note the front of the rocker box -- with struts.

The beginnings of a rocker box upgrade
for a 16" Lightbridge telescope.
Finally, a kit for a 10.1" Coulter Telescope.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Marc's 16" -- A Lightweight Rocker Box . . .

Marc's wanted to save some weight and asked me to build a
"strut" rocker box.  I've used this design in the past.

I like the look and finish of the "strut rocker"

Monday, July 18, 2016

A 10" F6 with Conical Mirror for Dave . . .

The 10" Royce conical mirror on its cell.

The spider is a Destiny curved-vane spider.

A custom mirror cover is included.

Detail of the conical mirror. It has a center "donut"
for ease during collimation.

The photo, taken a near sunset, has an interesting quality.
The telescope is outside for a final "star test".

The rear showing the mirror cell. The conical mirror is
held in place with a center 1/2" nylon bolt, spring and nut.

Dave chose to use a Helical focuser. Nice!

The telescope is so light and the motions are so smooth
that I needed to install a "break" for some motion control.
It works great.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dave's 10" F6 . . .

The Mirror Box and Alt Bearings complete, the Rocker Box starts to take shape.

Monday, June 6, 2016

A 10" and 16" -- Progress Continues.....

Dave's 10" (L) and Marc's 16" (R) -- with the altitude bearings affixed
the Rocker Box will start to take shape.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Marc's 16" Strut Telescope . . .

16" F4.5 for Marc. His Swayze Optics refigured mirror
and two finders make for a nice OTA.

Here you can see the Red Dot finder and
Stellarview 80mm right-angle finder.

Standard spider and Kendrick secondary dew heater.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A "Pair" of Mirror Boxes for Dave and Marc . . .

A "pair" of mirror boxes. A 10" (L) and 16" (R) for Dave and Marc respectively.
The mirror cover for the 16" is temporary while I finish the custom cover.

Here, Marc's 16" mirror box is pretty much complete. I just need to finish
the dew shield. Note the "hooks" on the top -- for the "string-telescope".

The mirror is a 16" F4.5 refigured by Swayze Optical. Nice!!!