Tuesday, December 11, 2018

14" for Tim Completed. . .

A bit of detail of the DSC stalk and strings.

Note the "strings", Easy Transport Telescope and Sky
Comander digital setting circle with stalk.

The straight-vane spider, focuser and secondary from from
Tim's more traditional and heavier telescope. These components
worked well in the newer lighter format telescope.

Tim sent his mirror cell. And an unusual mount with a
tapered primary mirror and center mount. Nice!!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Tim's 14" -- Close to Completion...

Note the "strings" and DSC stalk
clamps. This telescope will have a
Sky Commander installed.

The balance is perfect. Now to finish the
rocker box bottom, ground board and
install and test the Sky Commander.

Tim's straight-vane spider has been
modified to more easily collimate and
adjust. Note the Telrad and strings.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

More on Tim's 14" . . .

Before the Easy Transport is installed
I check for focus, fit, and balance.


Note the Telrad and 8x50 finder.
Completed, except for the ALT bearings,
Tim's 14" looks and works great.

And, the "easy transport" is completed.

Note the "strings".  They work great too.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Tim's 14" Remake . . .

Tim, in Prosser, Washington, sent along his mirror, cell,
spider, secondary and focuser to be "remade" into an ultra-lite

I include a custom mirror cover with each of my telescopes.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Post and Pictures from Len and his 12" Telescope . . .

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Len's shroud is "home made" for just a few $$$$.


I like Len's solution for mounting a battery.
Nice!!

All set for travel or storage.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A 13.1" 9-Point Mirror Cell....

A 9-point flotation mirror for Jim in Coconut Creek, Florida

Larger knobs make for easier collimation.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Greg and his 8" Telescopes.....

Here's Greg and his 8" dobstuff ETT strut telescope..

And Greg's CPC-800. Nice!! I love the shirt.....

Monday, November 5, 2018

Foolin' Around with Telescopes . . .

I'm out, in the back yard, for a little observing with my
"new-to-me" CPC-800 and a 10" F4 under construction.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dave's 16" F4.5 Completed . . .

Dave 16" and dual fan assembly.

All of my telescopes include a fitted mirror cover.

A very fine 16" F4.5 Ostenhowski optic. NICE!!

Moving the telescope around is super easy with these
wheel barrow handles made of solid Oak and stained ebony.

The "red sedona" custom color and black make a
for a great-looking combination.

The focuser is a 2-speed 2" Moonlite. Note Dave Explore
Scientific finder. A nice addition.

The 4-vane curved-vane spider by Destiny.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Movin' Around a Big 16" Telescope . . .

Wheel barrow handles and Dave's 16" F4.5 rocker box.
The tires are 10" pneumatics. The movement is perfect.

With the Red Sedona custom color, the rocker box makes
an imposing presence. Notice Dave's AZ encoder installed.

The wheel-barrow handles are solid oak with ebony stain
and 6 coats of varnish to protect the wood.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dave's 16" Truss. Gettin' Close...

Yet, to finish the rocker box, but I like to assemble the
telescope to check fit and finish. This telescope is just
right. The "custom color" is red sedona.

Monday, October 22, 2018

16" for Dave and his Upper Tube Assembly...

Pretty much complete is Dave's upper tube assembly. The
color and Sedona Red -- and with the black components,
the color really pops. That nice finder is an Explore Scientific.

An "Engineering" Tour of Mt. Wilson Observatory...

In a dome of its own, a 6" Brashear Refractor.
I had the honor of using this telescope in 1953.

That's me and the 60" dome.

The "venerable" 60" telescope on fork mount.

That's Linda and me at the 100" dome.

Yours truly and the 100" telescope.

The 100" Hooker telescope dedicated in 1917.

Inside the 150-solar tower.

Does anyone use "setting circles" anymore???!!

The 150' and 75' solar towers.

A Fun Photo . . .

Here's a fun photo from Marshall in Westerfille, Ohio. I made this 12" telescope, with Easy Transport, in 2009. He says:

"Hi Dennis. here is a pic of me with the 12" with members of our club - the Columbus Astronomical Society - at a Girl Scout fundraiser outreach event. I had at least 150 people look through my scope that night!!"

Saturday, October 20, 2018

More on Dave's 16" F4.5 . . .

A 9-point flotation mirror cell designed and optimized
with plop. All aluminum construction and large
collimation bolts for stability and easy of adjustment.

Dave asked for "wheel barrow" handles to move his
16" telescope more easily. An effective and elegant
answer -- 10" pneumatic tires on black anodized
handles. These are "removable" of course

A solid 3/8" axle for stability and long life!!