Wednesday, November 30, 2016

More on Kris' 16" Kit . . .

Here, the altitude bearings and rocker box sides are coming together.
I've got a little more work on these before they're completed for  the kit.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Bob's 8" Custom Rocker/Alt Complete . . .

Completed is Bob's 8" rocker box and alt bearings for
his equatorially mounted telescope.

Note the "encoder" ready pivot. The rest of the encoder
mounting hardware is included.

More on Bob's 8" F4 Rocker . . .

All furniture grade Baltic birch 8" rocker box for Bob
in Ellicott, Maryland.

The azimuth motion is buttery smooth.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Erik's 13.1" F4.5 Virtually Complete . . .

Virtually complete is Erik's 13.1" F4.5 parallel strut telescope.
Note the "strings" for rigidity. The struts have been powder coated.
The 13.1" Primary mirror sits on an all aluminum 6-point flotation
mirror cell -- optimized with Plop.

The focuser is a 2-speed 2" crayford my Moonlite, a 3-van e, curved-vane
spider by Destiny. Note the red-dot finder on the upper strut.
All my "remake" and new telescopes come with a custom mirror cover
(lower right). The primary has a new 98% enhanced coating
and is center-marked for easy collimation.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

More on Bob's *' F4 Rocker / Ky's 4.5" Mirror Cell . . .

A 4.5" mirror cell for Kyle in Lynchburg, Virginia. This "non=flotation"
cell has 6-points of contact -- optimized with Plop.

The "back plate" mounts in a 5.5" round tube.
The construction is all 1/2" furniture grade Baltic Birch.
The rocker box is coming together. I assemble the
sides, front and rear to check the fit. It's great!!

The alt-bearings are about 9" i diameter.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bob's 8" F4 Rocker and More . . .

Bob's 8" F4 equatorial mounted telescope gets alt bearings
and rocker box as an alternative mount.

Here the rocker box sides and alt bearings are nearing completion.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Erik's 13.1" F4.5 and Bob's EQ project....

Bob, in Elliott City, Maryland, wants to mount his 8" F4 on a dob
rocker box.The altitude bearings are "automatically" centered with
the backside "guides".

Both 9" altitude bearings are mounted. They have yet to be varnished
and fitted with Ebonystar. Next comes the rocker box itself.
Erik's 13.1" F4.5 strut telescope is nearing completion. Here
the rocker box is taking shape. Nice!!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

And More on Erik's 13.1" Telescope . . .

The final length of the struts is 51.5" No
need for a step-ladder with this telescope!

Now to powder coat the struts and finish the OTA.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Erik's 13.1" Out for a Test . . .

Out and under the stars for a test to confirm
strut length (now set at 53").  These test

struts are adjustable to"dial in" the final length.