Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Andy Picks Up his Telescope ...

Andy, from Sonora, California stopped by for his 12.5"
string-strut telescope. It was a great visit.
Thanks for coming by, Andy....

His entire scope fits onto the backseat of his Hyundai
4-door hatchback. A steatbelt holds the ota in place.

Add the rocker box and top ring and it's all loaded.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Andy's 12" is Completed . . .

A Destiny Observatory Grade curved-vane spider, "violet" Moonlite focuser
and filter slide. A Telrad is attached to the top strut.

The Easy Transport Telescope option and intermediate ring.
Note the "strings". The mirror is a Zambuto F5.

All construction is with furniture grade Baltic birch. You can just
make out the "strings". A custom mirror cover is included with all my telescopes.

Note the 12Vdc  "fan" assembly.

The detail of the Telrad, filter slide and "violet" focuser.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Couple of Projects . . .

Andy's 12" F5 Zamboto assembled with Telrad, strings
and filter slide. Close to completion.

Keith's rocker box upgrade for his "original"  13.1" Coulter.

And Keith's rocker box sides.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

12" F5 for Andy "Almost" Completed...

Just a couple more "items" to complete for Andy's 12" F5 Zambuto.
Note the filter-slide. Nice!!

Joe and his 16.25" Telescope ...

Joe, from Palos Verdes, stopped by to pick up his 16.25" F3.7 with Nova
optics. It was good to visit and see him again. This is the 3rd telescope
I've built for Joe. I think he has good taste in vendors!!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Andy's 12" Fan ...

A 70mm fan assembly will help "cool" Andy's telescope as
an observing session gets underway. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

A 16" Lightbridge Rocker Box for Charles A.....

Completed and ready for packing is a 16" Lightbriddge Rocker box
for Charles A. in Kearney, Nebraska. The construction is all
furniture grade Baltic birch. An altitude axis "break" is included.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Andy's 12.5" F5 .... On the Final Stretch...

Andy's rocker box is taking shape. Once I get to this point
I'm about 2 weeks from completing the telescope!!

Andty's 12.5" F5 with ETT . . .

The "bottom" half of the struts installed.

Add the "intermediate ring"

the "top half" of the struts are
"twisted into place".

Install the "top ring" with focuser, spider and
secondary and the scope is ready to use.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Andy's 12.5" Zambuto F5 . . .

Assembled for a "final test" before cutting the struts
for the Easy transport option. The struts are 57.5" long.
The "violet" Moonlite 2-0speed 2" crayford focuser with filter slide.

The Destiny "observatory grade " spider is very sturdy, the Zambuto
primary sits on a 6-point Dobstuff flotation mirror cell.

All of the telescope I built include a custom mirror cover. This telescope
will include the Easy Transport option and "strings".
The "mirror box" for Andy's telescope is completed.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Mike and his 12.5" Strut Telescope . . .

Mike, in Peyton, Colorado, just completed his 12.5"
strut telescope with "Easy Transport" option. A
beautiful job of assembly. Great going Mike.

A 12" and 16" Lightbridge Rocker Box . . .

1 16" Lightbridge rocker box upgrade for Charles
in  Kearney, Nebraska. I like to fit a 16" LB mirror "box"
to be sure all fits well. In this case -- it's perfect!!
A 12" Lightbridge rocker box upgrade. This is a "kit" for
Bernard in Columbia, MO.

Each of my rocker boxes, for the Lightbridge, includes a "break"
on the altitude axis to aid in balancing the telescope.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Joe's 16.25" F3.7 Telescope . . .

Joe G's 16.25" F3.7 telescope outside and ready
for testing with and without SIPS. The primary
mirror is by Nova Optics. Beautiful images....

The "SIPS" integrated Paracor. The focuser can be with or without it.
Joe's 16.25" truss telescope is close to completion.
The scope sports an 18-point flotation mirror cell,
Telrad, Feathertouch focuser and SIPS --
(The Starlight Integrated Paracorr System).
Joe's telescope is "close" to completion. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Two Telescopes -- and More. . .

12.5"  for Andy and 16.25" for Joe. Here the mirror  boards, mirror
cells and mirror covers are completed. Now for the top ring

The top ring for Andy's 12.5" The spider is a Destiny
Observatory grade 3-vane curved-vane. Nice!!
Lightbridge 12" and 16" Rocker Boxes. The sides are
pretty much complete.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Two Lightbridge Rocker Boxes ...

A 12" and 16" Lightbridge rocker box are under construction.
These all Baltic birch upgrades are lighter, smaller and more sturdy
than the Meade versions.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Couple of Concurrent Projects.....


Here is a picture of my new 17.5 at the Black Forest Star Party.  It is held at the Cherry Springs state park south of Coudersport PA.  I received many praises for the design and workmen ship of the scope.  It performs great!  The dark skies help as well.


(Keith lives in Galion, Ohio).

A 16.25" F3.7 telescope for Joe is also coming together. Here
you see the Feathertouch focuser (it will include the SIPS option)
and standard 4-vane straight-vane spider.

The "triangles" for an 18-point flotation mirror cell. The cell is
designed and optimized with Plop.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

And More on Andy's 12.5" Telescope...

The altitude bearings and rocker box sides for Andy's 12.5" telescope
are coming along. I'll start the assembly process in the next few days.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A 12.5" Telescope for Andy...

The start of a 12.5" string-strut telescope for Andy in Sonora, California.
This  telescope will sport a Zambuto primary, Antares secondary, Moonlite
2-speed focuser and Observatory Grade curved-vane spider.
An "Easy Transport Telescope" option is also included.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Mirror Cell for David in Canada...

David asked for an 11.5 square back plate for his 10" primary
mirror. The construction is all 3/4" Baltic birch.

Plenty of ventilation for cooling the mirror..

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Philip and His 15" Kit...



I just wanted to let you know that all of the parts for my 15" Dobsonian arrived in great condition. Your craftsmanship is superb. I am very impressed. I'll begin the process of sanding and painting this weekend. After that I will be applying a layer of protective polyurethane and then doing the final construction. I'll take photos along the way for your blog.

Here are the preliminary photos of all the parts spread out right from the box.

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Solar Eclipse Anyone? ? ?

 A wonderful group of friends joined me for this years partial eclipse in Palm Desert. Note the "projection system" on the 90mm refractor. A home-made solar filter for the C8 (with Baader film) and a few pairs of solar-glasses make for safe viewing.

Coffee, birthday cake for Linda and other "goodies" rounded out the snacks.