Sunday, June 29, 2014

Jay's 17.5" F4.5 truss telescope.
The overall length of the OTA is 70.25"

A 50x80 StellarVue finder for Jay's telescope.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mirror Box just about complete.

Top Ring with truss blocks in place. Nice..

Friday, June 27, 2014

17.5" F4.5 for Jay in Herriman, Utah.
The mirror is installed on the cell and then onto the mirror board -- rear.

Each telescope I build includes a custom-made Baltic birch mirror cover.

17.5" mirror on mirror board.

The Upper "Tube" Assembly (ring) with focuser and Destiny
Observatory Grade spider installed. Note the Moonlite focuser is "green".

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

10" Mirror Cell for Mike in Frankfort, Kentucky.

The 6-points of contact were optimized with Plop.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Continuing work on Jay's 17.5" F4.5.
His mirror is in A crate for safe shipping.

The primary mirror cell and secondary holder
are affixed with silicone. I allow 24 hours for the silicone to cure.

What started out as a Coulter 1/10th wave mirror now has
a nice high-end figure with enhanced coatings.

Monday, June 23, 2014

6-point flotation mirror cell on the mirror board
for Jay's 17.5" F4.5 truss telescope.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Two 17.5" F4.5 truss telescopes starting to take shape.
For  Chris in Ridgefield, Connecticut and Jay in Herriman, Utah.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

All packed up and ready to go. A 16" F4.5 truss
telescope for Stephen in Houston, Texas.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Completed today is a 16" F4.5 for Stephen J. in Houston.
This 8-tube truss telescope features a 2-speed Moonlite focuser,
dew shield and all aluminum 6-point flotation mirror cell.

Detail of the mirror box with custom made mirror cover.

And, with the cover removed.

The telescope features a dual cooling fan system.

Detail of the Upper Tube Assembly. Notice the Telrad mount above the focuser.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

With the OTA complete, Stephen's 16" F4.5
rocker box starts taking shape.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Stephen's 16" 8-truss telescope
OTA is completed.
The all aluminum 6-point flotation mirror cell.
With Mirror Cover.

Mirror in mirror box -- cover removed.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Baltic  birch rocker box upgrade for a 12" Lightbridge just about complete.
made for Brandon in Kenmore, Washington.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Here's a neat "time lapse" video by Doug in Geneva New York.
This scope is a 10". Doug did the "custom cutting" in the rocker box himself.

Check out this video -- posted by Jay in Utah.
His telescope is one of our 3-strut designs with a 14" Zambuto primary.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Stephen's 16" F4.5 8-tube truss tube assembly.
Yet to be added are the primary dew shield and alt bearings.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Upper Tube Assembly for Stephen's 16" F4.5 Truss Telescope.
Note the Telrad mount to the right of the eyepiece. The UTA
includes a Moonlite 2" 2-speed focuser and Destiny
Observatory Grade 4-vane spider.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Stephen's 16" Upper Tube Assemble starting to take shape.

Stephen's  16" on its Meade cell on the "Mirror Board" of his 16" truss telescope.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Altitude Bearings and Rocker Box Sides for Stephen's 16" truss telescope.
The rocker box sides have yet to be cut down to the proper height.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ivo, from Gainsville, Florida, built a 12" Lightbridge
rocker box upgrade from one of our kits.
I like the color and "NASA" logo.

The eyepiece tray is a nice touch.