|Mirror Box for Larry Y's 17" F4.5 telescope.|
Larry lives in Burlingame, California.
|17" Mirror Box with dew shield removed.|
|The 10" Ultra for Manoj in Campbell, California.|
Broken Down for Transport.
|Note the 1/2 length struts and handle on the mirror box.|
|The Alt Bearings are installed on the Mirror Box.|
|The Rocker Box Support Sides.|
|Here the Mirror Bos is Installed in the Rocker Box.|
|One of the Struts are Assembled and Installed.|
|The Second Strut is Assembled. Note the Clamp for a|
Sliding Counterweight, if needed (to balance different size/weight eyepieces.
The "spider" has been Installed.
|The Focuser Baffle is Installed on the Spider.|
|Profile View of the Assembled Telescope.|
|Manoj asked to use Encoders at a later time.|
|Another View of the Assembled Telescope.|
|A "latch" keeps everything together to transport the assembled Telescope.|
|10" Ultra for Manoj in Campbell, California. The focuser is|
a Kineoptics helical. The telescope weighs 31-pounds
including mirror cover.
|A closer look at the focuser and single-vane, curved-vane|
"spider" by Destiny. Note the focuser baffle.
|The rear of the telescope. A small counterweight|
in the center of the mirror cell helps balance the scope.
|The telescope disassembles for "airline carry on"|
Those photos will follow.
|The mirror is a 10" F4.5 with enhanced coatings.|
|The focuser is a Kineoptics Helical. Nice motion.|
|The spider is a "single vane" curved-vane by Destiny.|
The "hanger" on the far side is for the focuser baffle.
A 12" F5 telescope is complete for Bruce C. in Glen Rose, Texas. The scope includes a Moonlite focuser, black powder-coated struts, Sky Commander with stalk and a mount for Bruce's Telrad.
If you look closely, you can the "strings" running from the top ring to the mirror box.
Under the stars, the scope performs beautifully. Nice!!
And a note from Bruce dated February 13, 2014:
Finally got to take the scope out tonight, first clear night in over a week, first with decent seeing and transparency in forever. You are absolutely correct, love the scope. Seems to hold collimation well, which is a blessing, as I still don't quite have the process perfected. Gorgeous views of M42, Double Cluster, numerous double stars, Jupiter with 4 moons, all in spite of a full moon. I liked the 17T4 a lot, as you had suggested, but my favorite so far is the 26T5, along with the 9mm T6. Moonlight focuser is very smooth; motions are also very smooth, easy to nudge, nudge, nudge along when viewing Jupiter. Now, if I can just get the Moon and clouds to go away at the same time .
|17.5" F4.5 for Larry Y. in Burlingame, California.|
The "mirror board" and mirror cover.
|The Upper Ring for the 17.5" F4.5. The focuser is a Moonlite,|
the spider is a Destiny Observatory Grade. You can see the
Moonlite truss blocks on the underside of the ring.
|17.5" with Cover Installed.|