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.