Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sky Commander and an ET-10 . . .

Chris W., from Oakmont, Pennsylvania, and his Orion XT-10 and
his Sky Commander installation.

Alt Bearing Encoder installation.

Alt Bearing Encoder "post".

And, the Azimuth Encoder. An easy installation.

Diana's 10" F4.5 "Dobstuff" with ETT . . .

Diana M., from Wilmington, Delaware and friends with her 10" F4.5 Dobstuff
(thanks for the photo).

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A 12.5" . . .

With George's 12.5" OTA completed, the rocker box
starts to take shape. This telescope will have a
Sky Commander with DSC stalk.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Star Party at Borega Springs, California . . .

Walt and Carolyn enjoy their 16" F4.5 truss telescope at
Borega Springs, California star party.

First of three . . .

Working on 3 telescopes is fun, and keeps me busy. Here's Chris'
17.5" remake of his Discovery telescope.  The OTA components
are virtually complete.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

12.5" Truss . . .

A 12.5" Truss Telescope for George in Kalispell, Montana.
The spider is a Destiny and the focuser is a JMI EV-1 crayford.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beautiful color work . .

Tom H. and his 13.1" F4.5 telescope. The choice of color
and application of varnish is outstanding.


Tom lives in Angelus Oaks, California.

The focuser is a Moonlite. The spider is a Destiny.
Dobstuff built the rocker box, alt bearings, and front cover.

A "Pick Me Up" . . .

Walt and Carolyn from Washington State pick up their
16" F4.5 truss telescope. A great visit...
Carolyn and the "puzzle" -- This encoder thingy goes where!!??

Walt and his new telescope includes a "shroud" by Heather. Nice!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

A 12" and 12.5" truss and strut telescope . . .

A 12" strut telescope for Carl in Ledyard, Connecticut.
Here, the 12" primary mirror cell is mounted on the mirror board.

And the rear. The mirror and mirror cell are Zhumell.
12.5" truss for George in Kapisell, Montana. The Destiny spider
and JMI EV-1 Forucser are in place.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

6-point mirror cell and mirror board for George 12.5" truss telescope.

George's 12.5" Mirror Board from the rear.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A 12" and 12.5" . . .

A 12" truss (L) and 12.5" strut (R) are coming together for
George in Kapispell, Montana  and Carl in Ledyard, Connecticut.

And the rocker box sides/altitude bearings. One is slightly wider than the other to accommodate
the strut telescope OTA ring. The altitude bearings themselves are the same diameter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tom's 13.1" F4.5 . . .

Tom's 13.1" F4.5 ready for a "test run" under the stars.

All Baltic birch mirror cell.

The spider is a Destiny. The focuser a Moonlite 2-speed.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A 12.5 and 17.5" Truss Telescope . . .

The early stages of construction of  a 12.5" truss telescope
for George M. in Kalispell, Montana.
A 17.5" F4.5 for Chris H. in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Chris' Mirror Board and Upper Tube Assembly.

The Mirror Board and rear of cell. Three rubber feet are
provided to stand the OTA on its "end"..

Here, the mirror board is complete with its
18-point flotation mirror cell.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jay, from Harriman, Utah, sent these pictures of his 17.5" truss telescope
as seen during a star party in Utah's western desert.


Friday, October 10, 2014

16" F4.5 for Walt -- is Complete . . .

Walt's 16" F4.5 Truss Telescope is Complete.
It includes a powered ground board, Sky Commander system,
full aperture dew heater for the primary and secondary, Moonlite
focuser and Destiny Observatory Grade Spider.

Detail of Walt Rocker and Mirror Box. The two
clamps to the right are for the DSC stalk.

The mirror sits on a 6-point flotation cell with a full aperture
dew heater. Dual fans are included.
The Telrad for Walt's telescope.
It can be mounted above or below the focuser.

Walt asked for a "powered ground board/rocker box and
Thousand Oaks 4 channel Dew Controller.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Don C., from Pembina, North Dakota, finished a pair of Dobstuff kits -- a 12.5" and 17.5". I especially like the color and graphic treatment. Nice job!!

Here's what don't has to say about these.

Don's 17.5" and 12.5" side by side.
 Notice the wheel barrow wheels
 Hi Dennis,

Here are some pics of my 17.5" and 12.5" truss dobs made from your kits.  I included  a before shot of my previous incarnation of the 17.5" dobsonian I built 20 years ago.  I used decoupage to put the stars, planets and galaxies onto the wood structure and then varnished over top of everything.  The scopes are working great.  The bearings are very smooth and have just enough friction to hold things in place but still move easily.  You make a very nice truss dob telescope kit.  I hope you like the look of them.


Don's 17.5"

12.5" Truss Telescope from one of our kits.

Don's "before" picture from 2008.

Walt's 16" F4.5 -- The rocker box starts to take form.

Tom's 13.1" -- The secondary and curved spider.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Optical Tube Assembly for Walt's 16" F4.5
is just about complete.
The secondary "heater" on Walt's telescope is
powered by a cable running thru one of the truss tubes.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Upper Tube Assembly is complete for
Chris' 17.5" F4.5 truss telescope.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Multi Tasking Construction Projects . . .

Making sure all of the components fit so far, I always put the scope together
and check it out. The mirror has yet to be installed -- so, there's no doubt that the

rocker box sides will be a bit lower.
The Altitude Bearings now complete, I can put together
the rocker box for Toms 13.1" "sonotube" telescope.

A 16" F4.5 for Walt in Federal Way, Washington. Here, the primary sits on a
6-point flotation cell with full aperture Kendrick dew solution.  The upper ring
 has a Moonlite focuser and Observatory Grade Destiny Spider.

Upper Tube Assembly for Chris' 17.5" telescope coming together
Chris lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.