|Tom, from Angelus Oaks, California picks up his 17.5" Truss Telescope|
|And Away We Go!!|
|Tom's 17.5" F4.5 Truss telescope with Swayze optics completed.|
|The slightly larger DSC platform will hold Tom's Sky Commander|
and StellarCAT handpad.
|A very nice feature is the Feathertouch focuser with|
integrated Paracorr. This is beautiful hardware!!
|The primary mirror sits on a 6-point all aluminum mirror cell.|
|Included is a Destiny "observatory grade" spider, full UTA and|
finder board large enough for a Telrad base.
|Tom's 17.5" is just about complete. To be added is the primary mirror|
dew shield and the DSC stalk.
|A neat feature of this design is the ability to transport, store and assemble|
the scope with the mirror box in the rocker box. Without the alt bearings
these two components will "nest" for a smaller package.
|Tom asked for a "powered ground board". Here the power connection|
attaches to the "power rings" on the top-side of the ground board.
|The top of the ground board and 12Vdc "power rings".|
I always "sign the ground board" -- not visible unless it is removed
from the telescope for some reason.
|The top of the rocker box bottom and power connection.|
a 4-channel "distribution" panel is also
included with the powered ground.
|Tom's mirror on the Mirror Board and ready for "the donut"|
|The "center mask" in place. "Donuts" are usually available in any stationary store|
Carefully center the mask -- easy..
|The donut in place aids in colliation.|
|Here's a view of the "donut" on the laser collimator with barlow,|
ensuring a nicely collimated primary.