Wednesday, July 18, 2018

10" F4.6 for Bob Completed . . .

Bob's 10" with Easy Transport and Sky Commander. This is an F4.6.

This nice 10" mirror sits on a Baltic 6-point mirror cell.

Note the red dot finder, curved spider and 2-speed Moonlite focuser.
The Sky Commander sits on a "stage" for ease of use.

Another view of the top ring. Note the focuser baffle and
sliding counter-weight.

I include a custom mirror cover with all my telescope. Here the
intermediate ring and Sky Commander are in detail.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Len's Secondary Cover . . .

From Len in Pineville, Louisiana: Here's a preview, my secondary 
cover made from a vegetable can, painted with hammered  finish 
spray paint and featuring  a rubber strap 'handle' to hold it in place.

Len has a 12" string-strut telescope.

A Nice Note from Al in Redding, California...

I built a 16" telescope for Al in Redding, California in 2013. Here's a nice note from him just today.

Good evening Dennis,
Al's 16" Telescope....

Thought I would give you a quick update on last week's GSSP outing.   As you may remember I have a 16" DOB from you and I really enjoy it!! I went for 5 nights and 3 of the nights were very calm and perfect viewing!!    Your scope continues to amaze me....still getting star points on viewing!!

I am currently using Explore Scientific eye pieces and they work just perfect with your scope.    It is getting a bit heavy so I am glad that you talked me out of the 18"!!!    I would have a broken back by now!!  Lol

Thanks for the all the enjoyable viewing I have had over the years.

Al Souder

Monday, July 16, 2018

A 10" F4.6 for Bob . . .

The rocker box for Bob's 10" is coming together. So far
the fit is just the way I like it. Now to varnish.

Nick and his 13.1" Truss Kit . . .

Nick is doing a beautiful assembling his 13.1" F4.5 truss kit.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Couple of Photos . . .

Bob's 10" F4.6 continues to take shape. Here the OTA
is 99% complete. I need to add the alt bearings.

A note from Joe and his 12" strut telescope. He made
these short-truss tubes for transport and storage. A safe
way to "hang" the secondary when not in use.

Friday, July 13, 2018

And More on Bob's 10" F4.6 . . .

The mirror board with cover and top ring.

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A 10" Telescope for Robert in Shoreview, Minnesota. . .

The OTA rings with 12" I.D. and altitude bearings. This is the
Easy Transport Telescope version -- with a goal to minimize weight.

Monday, July 9, 2018

A note from Nick in Spokane, Washington. . .

"Hi Dennis. Got the adjustable struts built today. The skies were clear this evening so I set up on the back porch.

End result - 42" strut length gives me a minimum 1 5/8" in-travel (tested all eyepieces with and without Barlow).  Does that seem like enough to you?  I could push it out a bit more but I'm going to be using a coma corrector and would like to keep things compact if possible. I really like the secondary mirror holder / adjustment. Very easy and intuitive. anyway...yay!  Next up, mirror box. Thanks for your help - this was one of the more stressful steps for me. Nick"

Friday, July 6, 2018

A Thing of Beauty -- Joe's 12.5" Strut Kit Completed . . .

Hey Dennis, Joe says, "A thing of beauty. Just got everything final-adjusted
and calling her done for now! Eventually I’ll powered-coat the struts a slate gray.

It's time to scoop up some light!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Joshua's 8" F6, Almost Completed . . .

Joshua's 8" F6 telescope is pretty much complete. I just
have a few "tweeks"  as well as installing a primary
dew shield on the telescope.
The telescope OTA is just a bit too light to create much
"sticktion"!! So a "break" on the DEC axis does the trick.

The break works great....

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A 16" 9-point Cell for Tory . . .

Tory, from Minneapolis, Minnesota asked me to build him a 9-point
flotation cell with a O.D. of 19". This cell, and all those I build, are
designed and optimized with Plop software.

3/8" hardware complete the collimation bolts with 1.5" hand knobs.

Monday, July 2, 2018

More on Joshua's 8" F6 . . .

Altitude bearings in place, the rocker box starts to take
shape.  The fit is "right on"!!