Wednesday, June 20, 2018

An 8" and 12" Strut Telescope . . .

An 8" F6 for Joshua in Arlington, Massachusetts and a 12" F5
for Len in Pineville, Louisiana. The OTA rings are taking shape.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

More on Val's Rocker Box . . .

Val asked for a 27" high rocker box -- at the bottom of altitude
bearing arc. So far, it's looking great. It'll sit on an 18" diameter
base and ground board.

Joe's Complete Telescope Kit . . .

Joe's complete 12.5" strut telescope kit with Easy Transport Telescope
 option. This include a Woden Optics  premium mirror, Moonlite 
2-speed focuser and curved-vane spider. The secondary is a 2.7" 
Antares. I've "pre-installed the focuser, mirror cell and spider.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Note from Jay in Herriman, Utah . . .

A nice note from Jay in Herriman, Utah about his 17.5" Dobstuff truss telescope. it's always good to  hear from our customers. Keeping in touch is one of our goals to good "customer relations"....

Hi Dennis, 

Cleaning the scope after a week of hard use and I saw it has been 4 years for the 17.5"  Still going strong and better than ever though I will probably replace the moonlight balls soon on the end of the trusses (I have the new ones).   I love my 14" and my 17.5" Both are 6 and 4 years old and no issues outside of when I first go them in making them tailored to me and my preferences. It is a credit to your build because I use them so hard that they endure so well.  You can see in the back of my 2017 Outback I car camp when observing. 


A Rocker Box for Val in The Woodlands Texas . . .

A rocker box for Val's 8" newtonian -- early stages.

An EXAMPLE of the finished rocker. This was made
for another project but is the same format.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Joe's 12.5" Gettin' Even Closer . . .

The 20" altitude bearings for Joe's 12.5" telescope kit
are completed. See are the clamps and other hardware.

The rocker box for Joe's telescope is coming together. I need to add the
holes in the sides as well as the bottom and ground board.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Bit More on Joe's 12.5" String-Strut . . .

The 20" altitude bearings and matching rocker box sides.
These are in the "earlier" stages of construction....

Monday, June 4, 2018

A 12.5" String-Strut Kit . . .

The OTA rings for a string-strut kit for Joe in San Diego.
This is a "complete" kit -- including optics -- in this case
a premium 12.5" F4.5 mirror by Woden Optics.

Nick's 13.1" F4.5 Kit . . .

Nick, from Spokane, Washington, beginning his 13.1" truss kit.
Thanks for sending the photo Nick. It looks great so far.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Jerry's 12.5" F4.5 String-Strut is Complete . . .

Jerry's 12.5" String-Strut. Note the Telrad, Sky Commander and
Moonlite 2-speed 2" crayford focuser. The DEC and AZ motions
are just right!! Jerry lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Detail of the Destiny 3-vane curved-vane spider. A Kendrick dew
solution is installed on the secondary. Not shown 
is the "focuser 
baffle" opposite the focuser.

The beautiful 12.5" mirror is center marked with a "donut"
for easy collimation. Note the Easy Transport Telescope
(ETT) intermediate ring and mirror cover.

A dual-fan sits in back of the 6-point mirror cell. I always
use oversized knobs for collimation and "feet" sothe
telescope can be stood upright more safely.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Jerry's 12.5" Strut -- Almost Completed ....

Almost completed is Jerry's 12.5" F4.5 string-strut telescope.
I'll install the Sky Commander, strings and dew shield today.
Note the DSC stage and Telrad.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

More on Jerry's 12.5" F4.5 . . .

Jerry's rocker box ant alt bearings fit just right!! Under the stars
this telescope is outstanding!!!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Riverside Telescope Makers' Conference 2018 . . .

A unique 36" Newtonian with "folded light path".

And, a unique "binocular" telescope.

Just a neat-looking telescope.

Friday, May 25, 2018

An Easy Transport 12.5" for Jerry...

All tested and working just right, this Easy Transport
Strut for Jerry in Birmingham, Alabana The images,
under the stars, were just perfect. NICE!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Gerry's 12.5" F4.5 String-Strut Telescope . . .

Under contruction is Jerry's 12.5" based on a very nice
 Meade Starfinder primary mirror.

 Note the Destiny curved-vane spider and Moonlite
2-speed 2" crayford focuser.

Jerry lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Parts for John's 17.5" Coulter . . .

A 6-point flotation mirror cell, 1.25" focuser, ground board and other
components for John's Coulter Odyssey. John lives in Fresno, California.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Neat Little Project . . .

The "earth/moon" components now occupy the place of honor
in a "lamp" I built recently. Kinda neat -- I think!!

Marcus' Unusual Strut Telescope . . .

Here's a neat and unusual telescope. Marcus
had me build him a kit with a FULL UTA!!
An unusual design for a strut telescope.

GREAT idea Marcus. Thanks.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

John's 13.1" F4.5 Complete . . .

The "final touches" are completed and John's 13.1" F4.5 truss
telescope is ready to package and ship. Testing last night,
under the stars, proved a great success. 

The rear of the 6-point flotation mirror cell and large ventilation
hole to enhance mirror equalization. Note the "feet"!!

The top ring. Included are a red-dot finder, Moonlite 2-speed 2"
crayford focuser, 3.1" secondary and curved-vane spider.

A fully installed, configured and tested Sky Commander and primary
dew shield are installed. Nice!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trippensee Planetarium . . .

The "earth/moon" components of a 1956 Trippensee Planetarium. I acquired
this on eBay and built the base. Kinda neat -- I think.

This is an example of the complete planetarium. I'm not
sure I understand the "moon" around the sun!!

John's 13.1" F4.5 -- Almost!!

John's 13.1" with Nova Optical Systems certified primary is nearing
completion. I've got to "tweek" the rocker box a bit, build the
primary dew shield and install the Sky Commander.

Note the Moonlite 2-speed focuser, Destiny 3-vane curved-vane spider
and DSC "stage" on the top truss tube.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Bruce S and his 10" F6 Telescope

Bruce, from the Astronomical Society of the Desert, and his 10"
strut made by Dobstuff. At 4000-feet above the Coachella Valley,
it's a great venue for astronomy and observing.

A bit "chilly" and a little wind, but Bruce is all set up and ready to go.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

John's 13.1" F4.5 OTA...

John's "mirror box" with Moonlite truss blocks.

Ready to testing under the stars tonight, John's OTA
is close to completion. I'll add the altitude bearings next.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A 13.1" for John in Suwanee, Georgia . . .

A 3-vane curved-vane supports a 3.1 secondary.
The primary is a Nova Optical Systems "certified" mirror.

The Moonlite 2-speed 2" focuser.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Smile Every Now and Then ....

I'm working on a 13" truss for John and was ready to cut the
ventilation hole in the mirror board -- and saw it SMILING back at me.

Kinda cool, I thought!!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

More on Nick's 13.1" Truss Telescope . .

A 6-point flotation mirror cell for Nick's 13.1" Swayze mirror.
Designed and optimized with Plop.

The rear of the mirror cell on its mirror board. The larger vent hole
is to aid in cooling. Thumb knobs make collimation easy.

The rocker box is coming together. I just need to add the bottom
and ground board to complete this assembly.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

A 13.1" Kit for Nick . . .

Here's a 13.1" truss kit for Nick in Spokane, Washington. The focuser
is a Moonlite 2-speed 2" crayford. The spider a Destiny 3-vane curved-
vane. The secondary is a nice higher-end Antares 3.1" mirror.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A 12.5" Truss Kit for Curt . . .

The "truss" kit for Curt in Redmond, Washington.

Curt's kit includes a Sky Commander, 2" laser collimator, red-dot finder
a 2-speed Moonlite focuser and 6-point mirror cell.