Thursday, February 16, 2017

Two Projects and One Cool Dad . . .

A couple of projects underway. Both mirror cells will be 6-point
flotation cells designed and optimized with Plop.

On the left is the beginning of a 17.5" mirror box for Chris in Ontario, California.
Chris' telescope is going through an "ultra-light" make-over.

On the right, a 10" kit for Blake in Fort Collins, Colorado. Blake's dad, Mark
 is "footing the bill" for his sons high-school project. Now he's one "cool dad"!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

John K. and his 8" and 13.1" Telescope . . .

Thanks John, from Dyer, Indiana,  for a photo of your 
8" and 13.1" telescope. Looking great!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Harry's 14.25" Strut Telescope Complete . . .

Harry 14.25" with ETT (Easy Transport Telescope) option, Note
the Sky Commander on its "stage". Easy to reach and use.

Here's the detail of the Intermediate ring and mirror box.

The top ring with "generic" 2" crayford focuser and 4-vane spider


Friday, January 27, 2017

Harry's 14.25" Rocker Box . . .

The rocker box for Harry's telescope is taking shape. Here I
use clamps to ensure a good fit and flawless motion. Nice!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

More on Harry's 14.25" . . .

Harry's OTA is pretty much complete. The ETT components
are all in place. Now to add the alt bearings!! Easy....

The mirror  box and lower half of the struts. The struts
are 62.5" in length.

The mirror box, mirror cover with mirror installed.

And, finally, the "intermediate" ring in place.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Now for a Little Clear Weather . . .

With the OTA components completed, I usually test
the "strut length" under the stars. I use adjustable
struts to "fine tune" the strut length.

Now for a clear night -- looks like tonight or tomorrow may be the day!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

More on Harry's 14.25" Telescope....

The altitude bearings for Harry's 14.25" telescope are pretty
much complete. The width is 2". I'll need to varnish them and

add the Ebonystar. These are 21" in diameter....