Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Couple of Projects . . .

John's 7" refractor mount. This is the original mount-head.
The "mount head" complete -- now only the alt bearings need
to be finished up. they are 10.5" in diameter.

A "break" will be installed on both axis.

Harry's 12.5" F4.8 telescope is coming along nicely. Here
the mirror board with mirror and cover and top ring are complete.

Monday, April 24, 2017

John's 7" Refractor Mount . . .

John, from Richmond, Virginia, and  his 7" refractor. The tripod is a Losmandy
while the "mount head" is a rocker box.

John asked for larger altitute bearings with a "break" on each axis.

The altitute bearings are 10.5" in diameter while the length of
the "rocker box" is approximately 30".
The altitude bearings on John's tube rings. nice!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Harry's 12.5" Continues . . .G

Harry's 12.5" mirror mounted on Mirror board. The
mirror sits on a 6-point flotation mirror cell.

All of my telescopes have a custom mirror cover. Harry's is no exception!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Harry's 12.5" Telescope -- Mirror Cell and . . .

The 6-point flotation mirror cell is on the mirror and fits perfectly.
Note the 2-speed, 2" Moonlite focuser on its bracket.

(the focuser bracket is 1/4" aluminum for rigidity)

The rear of the mirror board has a nice large hole for ventilation. Thumb-
knobs adjust the collimation. Easy to do!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

More on Harry's 12.5" Telescope

The rocker box sides and alt bearings are coming together. Once the
telescope is balanced, the rocker box sides will be cut down in height.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A 12.5" F4.8 Telescope for Harry . . .

Under construction is a 12.5" Strut telescope for Harry in Ashburn, Virginia
Here you see the OTA tube rings and clamps. Harry will mount a Telfad Finder.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Blake's 10 Kit Completed and . . .

A beautfully assembled 10" kit from Blake in
Fort Collins, Colorado. Nice color choice...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Couple of Photos . . .

Wyatt's 10" with ETT. Here he's "stacked" the top ring for
easy transport and storage. 

Blake, in Fort Collins, coloradio, finishes staining his 10" kit. A neat color.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Chris' 17.5" truss. A remake of his earlier and heavier traditional
truss. The UTA is from the original telescope with some mods.


A custom mirror cell, mirror cover and dew shield for this
beautiful telescope. The optics are outstanding!!!

The 17.5" telescope sits on an all aluminum 6-point
flotation mirror cell designed and optimized with Plop.

The original UTA had "silver" struts and a slightly "misplaced" focuser.
I use Moonlite truss components throughout....

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Chris' 17.5" F4.5 -- Getting Close to Completion . . .

With the altitude bearings installed, the rocker box is taking shape.

A "big" telescope. Chris'  OTA is a beauty. The optics
are "outa sight"!!

The mirror box with custom cover. Iuse Moonlite truss components.

The upper tube assembly just needs the baffles re-installed.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Rocker Box for Chris' 17.5" Telescope . . .

During Chris' 17.5" truss remake, I'm using his existing altitude bearings.
The new mirror box is a bit larger than his old one, so a new rocker box is needed.

Monday, February 27, 2017

More on Chris' 17.5" Truss . . .

Chris' 17.5" mirror on its 6-point flotation cell and mirror board.
The custom cover is included with all my telescopes and remakes.

The mirror and UTA look great in their custom color. Chris had me update and 
modify his UTA during this project.  Once the truss-blocks are installed, 
the focuser and baffles will be reinstalled.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Harry and Kathy Pick Up .....

Harry, and his wife Kathy, pick up his 14.25" strut telescope with ETT.
A great visit -- thanks folks. Enjoy the dark skies!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A 12" Lightbridge Rocker Box Upgrade . . .

An all Baltic birch rocker box kit  for the Lightbridge 12" telescope.
This one made for Sanders in Ojai, California.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A 10" and More . . .

Virtually complete is a 10" kit for Blake in Fort Collins, Colorado.

A 17.5" make-over for Chris in Ontario, California. Here the 6-point mirror
is affixed to the mirror with silicone. I give the silicone 48 hours to cure.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rocker Box for Blake's 10" Kit . . .

Just about complete is Blake's 10" Kit. Here,  his rocker box is taking final shape.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Three Projects Underway . . .

A 6-point flotation mirror cell for a  17.5", 12" and 10" telescope.

These cells are designed and optimized with Plop..
The top ring with curved-vane spider installed and focuser bracket
for Blake's 10" strut telescope kit.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Two Projects and One Cool Dad . . .

A couple of projects underway. Both mirror cells will be 6-point
flotation cells designed and optimized with Plop.

On the left is the beginning of a 17.5" mirror box for Chris in Ontario, California.
Chris' telescope is going through an "ultra-light" make-over.

On the right, a 10" kit for Blake in Fort Collins, Colorado. Blake's dad, Mark
 is "footing the bill" for his sons high-school project. Now he's one "cool dad"!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

John K. and his 8" and 13.1" Telescope . . .

Thanks John, from Dyer, Indiana,  for a photo of your 
8" and 13.1" telescope. Looking great!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Harry's 14.25" Strut Telescope Complete . . .

Harry 14.25" with ETT (Easy Transport Telescope) option, Note
the Sky Commander on its "stage". Easy to reach and use.

Here's the detail of the Intermediate ring and mirror box.

The top ring with "generic" 2" crayford focuser and 4-vane spider


Friday, January 27, 2017

Harry's 14.25" Rocker Box . . .

The rocker box for Harry's telescope is taking shape. Here I
use clamps to ensure a good fit and flawless motion. Nice!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

More on Harry's 14.25" . . .

Harry's OTA is pretty much complete. The ETT components
are all in place. Now to add the alt bearings!! Easy....

The mirror  box and lower half of the struts. The struts
are 62.5" in length.

The mirror box, mirror cover with mirror installed.

And, finally, the "intermediate" ring in place.