|The OTA components for two 10" strut telescopes. One for in Brandon,|
Mississippi. The other I'm building "on spec"!!
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
|Completed is a 10" strut kit for Paul. Included is an all aluminum 6-point flotation mirror cell, Moonlite 2-speed|
focuser, Destiny spider, dew shield and a Sky Commander installation kit.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
|Paul,'s 10" strut telescope kit is just about complete. Here,|
the 6-point aluminum mirror cell is mounted on the mirror board.
The mirror cell has been optimized with Plop --
|The mirror cell and mirror board are vented for quick "cooling".|
Monday, May 18, 2015
|Altitude bearings for Paul's 10" kit. The diameter 16" |
-- just right for a 10" telescope.
|Here, the rocker box is clamped together to make sure everything fits|
correctly -- without the bottom or ground board, the rocker box is
16 1/4" x 16 7/8" D and 10" H (to the bottom of the curve)/.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
|During transportation and/or storage, one can "nest"|
the mirror box and upper ring inside the rocker box.
The overall dimensions is 20"x19.5"x32" high.
|An alternative is to leave the altitude bearings|
attached.. Here, the storage is about 36" in height.
|Remove the alt bearings and struts for a fully|
nested transport/storage package. The
height is less than 18".
Monday, May 11, 2015
|Dave's 12.5" Strut with ETT is complete. Note |
the DSC "stage" for his Sky Commander..
|I include a custom made mirror cover with all my telescopes.|
|Dual fans will help cool the mirror.|
|Moonlite dual-seed focuser, Telrad and Destiny|
spider make up the top ring.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
|Every now and then I get an interesting "quick" project for an ATM..|
Here's an 8" mirror cell for Stephen in Signal Hill, California.
|The O.D. is for a 10" telescope tube. Even though it's a |
"basic" Baltic birch cell, the contact points are still optimized with Plop.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
|Dave B., from Streamwood, Illinois, sent along his components for|
a 12.5" strut telescope with ETT. The focuser is a Moonlite and
the spider a Destiny. A 6-point flotation mirror cell is included.
|When completed, Dave's telescope will look like this.|
Friday, May 1, 2015
|Here's a nice photo of Carl T's 12" F4.9 in the field. I imagine these are|
nice dark skies!! Carl lives in Ledyard, Connecticut.
Carl says that his scope is cooling down in a North Stonington, CT corn field.
Not many of us can say that -- I'll bet!!