|The truss assembly is pretty much complete. I just need to|
affix the altitude bearings. It's big! But a beauty....
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Sunday, February 25, 2018
|The top ring of David's telescope is just about complete. The focuser,|
spider and secondary are all in place and line up perfectly. Notice
the Moonlite blocks for this 8-tube truss OTA
|All set for an "under the stars testing", the OTA components are near completion.|
|The beautiful 17.5" mirror sits on an all aluminum 6-point flotation mirror cell.|
Other components include an Observatory grade 3-vane spider
and a 2-speed 2" Moonlite crayford focuser.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
|That's me and the new Rancho Mirage Library and|
Observatory's 28" telescope. It's a beauty.
|Just outside the "observing room" are 4 pads for amateur|
astronomers to setup their own telescopes.
|Another view of the 28" telescope by Planewave Instruments.|
|An all aluminium 6-point cell is affixed to David's beautiful 17.5" mirror.|
This, and all my mirror cells, are designed and optimized with Plop.
|A beautiful 3.1" secondary on its holder. It'll be painted black|
to minimize unwanted light reflections.
|The "observatory grade" 3-vane spider and focuser bracket is|
in place and near completion for David's 17.5" telescope.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Bruce sent along a photo or two of his beautiful 6" Newtonian on our rocker box mount we made for him. I especially like the color scheme and graphics on the tube. note the nice Moonlite focuser and Telrad. Bruce lives in Marintez, California.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
|The OTA rings for David's 17.5" truss telescope now under construction. |
It sports a very nice Coulter mirror, upgraded secondary
and Observatory Grade Destiny 3-vane curved-vane spider.
|An example of the telescope. This 16.25" was built earlier this year.|
Monday, February 12, 2018
|Rocker box sides and alt bearings for Marcus' 10" kit. Now|
to add the holes to reduce a bit of weight and make
moving the rocker and telescope around easier.
|Assembled with clamps for "fit" -- this is a nice rocker box|
for Marcus' 10" telescope..
Sunday, February 11, 2018
|The Upper Tube Assembly (UTA), w/spider mounted and|
mirror board with mirror cell mounted.
|The cell rear. The collimation bolts and thumb knobs are 5/16".|
|Note the standard straight-vane spider sent for installation by Marcus.|
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
|A rocker box and altitude bearings for Bruce's 6"|
Newtonian reflector. Bruce lives in Martinez, CA.
|Bruce asked for a "little height" on the rocker|
box itself. The custom color will be red mahogany.
|An "example" of the rocker and|
altitude bearings. This one is a bit
larger, having been built for an 8"
Friday, February 2, 2018
|All the "parts 'n pieces" for Rick's 12.5" kit. Assembly, really,|
is quite easy with instructions on my website.
|I've pre-installed the mirror cell on Rick's mirror. It's a 6-point|
non-flotation cell -- with the thick primary, it'll work perfectly.
|I've also pre-installed the spider, focuser on its bracket and bracket|
on the upper ring. The focuser is a 2-speed Moonlite crayford.