Thursday, December 31, 2015

Brian's 10" Kit -- Still More .....

The Rocker Box sides and Altitude Bearings.

Ground Board, AZ laminate and Teflon Bearings and Rocker Bottom.

The Optical Tuber Assembly components. Note Brian's mirror cell is
mounted on the mirror board. All holes are pre-drilled for easy assembly.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Brian's 10" Kit Continued....

A "service" I perform for my customers is to modify and install their
mirror cell on any kit or telescope. Here's Brian's 10" mirror cell
modified for the mirror board.

Progress for Brian's 10" kit. Here the rocker box and
altitude bearings are coming together..

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Wyatt and his 10" XT10 Conversion . . .

Wyatt, from Dallas Texas sent along a photo or two of his XT10 DobSTUFF conversion. Here's what he has to say about his telescope:

"Hi Dennis,

Here is my DobStuff XT10 conversion out on my driveway in Dallas for some observation of Jupiter on Saturday morning, December 19. Just average seeing, but I still managed to watch a good part of an Io transit over about an hour with some reasonably clear views throughout the session. The scope is really great to use. 
Back when you were doing the build for me, I mentioned that primary mirror cooling was one of my main reasons for doing this. I now run both the mirror cell fan and (don’t laugh…) a second cooling fan as shown in the picture. This homemade implementation – rubber bands and all — works really well. The cooling power is greatly increased and I don’t notice any vibration/image blurring. (I have tested it with the second fan both on and off on during planetary observation like the one from yesterday morning.) Anyway, FYI and thanks again for the great scope! -


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Michael's 16" F4.5 is Complete . . .

Complete is Michael's 16" F4.5 string-strut telescope.
The encoders are installed for the Sky Commander
Digital Setting Circle as is the dew shield.

You can just see the "string" in this shot of the mirror box.

Moonlite 2-speed focuser and Destiny observatory
grade curved-vane spider. The seoondary is a
18th wave Antares with enhanced coatings.

Dual fans help cool the Swayze Optical primary mirror.

Monday, December 7, 2015

16" for Michael Continued.....

With the OTA virtually complete, the rocker box for Michael's
16" F4.5 telescope is coming together.

Friday, December 4, 2015

16" F4.5 for Michael in Salt Lake City, Utah ....

The OTA components near completion. The mirror board, mirror cover
and top ring ready tor "testing" under the stars.

The spider is a Destiny "Observatory Grade 3-vane with an Antares 
1/20th wave secondary. The focuser is a 2-speed Moonlite.