Thursday, June 13, 2019

A 10" Rocker Box . . .

In the early stages, and getting underway is a
rocker box and altitude bearings for Tom's 10"
telescope. Note the unique tube rings.

Tom lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Note From Kevin in St. Louis, Missouri . . .

Hello Dennis,

I'm FINALLY getting a photo to you of my scope with the box you made for me! After months of logistics, work, and weather, I was finally able to take it out for Jupiter's opposition last night. 

It works great. You've allowed me to use this telescope for the first time in almost 10 years! 
Thank you!


Thursday, June 6, 2019

A Blast from the Past . . .

A 12.5" F8 made in the 50's as seen on Cloudy Nights recently. It
reminded me of my own early telescope making efforts.
That's me in the early 80's with a 12.5" full-thickness pyrex mirror with
an F8 focal length. The OTA was welded electrical conduit made with
the help of a high school metal shop teacher. The mounting was made
from 4", 3" and 2.5" pipe fittings with babbit bearings.

(ala Making Your Own Telescope by Thompson)

Two 16's -- Two Rocker Boxes...

As I zero-in on completing two 16" strut-kits, the rocker box is one of the
 last components to put together. Here the sizes are tested for fit.

OK, I Can Find It Now...

Sam, in Beaver, Pennsylvania, needed an iPad stalk
and mount for his 16" Lightbridge. He reports
that it works great. That one of our custom
rocker boxes for the Lightbridge.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A 10" F3.9 Astrograph . . .

A very nice set of Orion 10" astrograph optics make this beauty a delight
to use for deep sky observing. That's a Kinoptics helical focuser.

Installed is a red-dot finder and 10K encoders for Sky Commander
or any digital setting circle system.

The standard 9-point Orion mirror cell and custom mirror cover. The rocker box
weighs 21# while the OTA, with mirror cover is 33#.

Two 16" Strut Telescope Kits Nearing Completion . . .

A 3-vane and 4-vane spider on the 16" strut telescopes for Bob and Ron.
Both of these spiders are heavy-duty "Observatory Grade" unit
from Destiny.
An example of the completed telescope.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Two 16" Kits . . .

About 2/3 complete, two 16" strut-kits with Easy Transport Telescope
is coming along. One "string" and one string-ready. Both of these
will have a Moonlite 2-speed focuser. Nice!!

Custom Rocker Box for Tom...

Starting with Tom's tube-rings, the altitude bearings for
his custom rocker box are underway.

Check out the unique tube-rings. Nice!!

Tom has chosen an "Ebony" stain as a color. The black
stain brings out the beautiful wood-grain of this Baltic birch.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Gettin' Around -- Done Deal...

"Hi Dennis:

Here's a couple pics of the completed installation which went good. The scope is a breeze to move around now. I expect that ill be doing alot more observing now. The wheelbarrow  handles are a back saver!

I found out when installing the first handle the inserts cracked out the surrounding thin formica. I touched or up with some black paint.

When installing  the second handle I countersink a little to eliminate the chip out,that worked great.||

I'll be getting the ronchi eyepiece on Monday so I'm preparing my heart to see something not so good. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks again! Doug"

Friday, May 31, 2019

A Little Side Project . . .

While I'm working on a pair of 16" telescopes, I'm
putting together a 10" F3.9 "on spec". An excellent
set of optics from an Orion Astrograph make up the
primary and secondary optics. The focuser is
a "Kinoptics" helical. -- Nice!

The telescope will sell for $995. Contact me for
more information any time.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

And Then There Were Two . . .

A pair of 16" strut telescopes underway. One with "strings" and both with
the Easy Telescope Transport option --  a kit for Ron in Galloway, New Jersey
and a "kit" for Bob in Cedar Park, Texas.
 The 26" altitude bearings and rocker box sides are taking shape.

Gettin' Around . . .

Moving one's larger telescope can be a daunting task. Wheel barrow handles makes it easy. Here's a set of handles made  for Doug in Apache Junction, Arizona. The solid Oak handles and 10" pneumatic wheels make a perfect combo!! The "ebony stain" brings out the beauty of the wood grain and matches Doug's 12" Intelliscope.

An example for a large 16".made earlier in the year.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jon's 10" F4.5 Complete . . .

The mirror box with altitude bearings and rocker
box. The mirror box weighs 26# with mirror.

Easy to collimate knobs and "feet" on the rear
of the telescope.
Jon's completed telescope.
Install the top ring.
The dew shield in place.
Simply place the mirror box onto the rocker box.
The intermediate ring and top half of the struts
are put into place. Easy!!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Jon's 10" F4.5 -- Gettin' Close!!

Almost completed, I need to finish the rocker box bottom and
ground board -- but I like to assemble the telescope and to confirm
the balance is correct -- this beauty is "right on".

Friday, May 17, 2019

Finders, Finders ...

We're back in the shop, after a short get-away, and back at work on Jon's
10" F4.5 telescope. The finders are mounted and lookin' good.

Friday, May 3, 2019

A Note from Nick in Spokane, Washington...

Hi Dennis! Had the scope out under clear, dark skies last night near Fishtrap, WA. Just gorgeous. The telescope performed wonderfully. No more mirror shift problems. Collimation was a snap - drift at different altitudes was negligible. I'm very happy with it. My targets were mostly in Virgo and nearby.  The Sombrero galaxy showed a clear dust lane through the middle - very cool. Now I just have to stay awake thru the work day. 

A 10" Strut "ETT" for Jon . . .

Jon's 10" F4.5 optical tube assembly with Easy Transport Telescope
(ETT), a 3-vane curved vane spider, 2-speed "red" Moonlite focuser
and Antares 2.6" secondary -- Jon lives in Bellevue, Washington.
Jons' mirror box with altitude bearings Nice!!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Bert's 13.1" F4.5 Telescope -- Completed ...

A Moonlite 2-speed focuser, curved-vane spider, red-dot finder
and Sky Commander system all installed and ready to do!!

Note the DSC "stage" that mounts the Sky Commander is a comfortable
position. It can be slid up and down the strut for convenient use.

Powder coated struts and custom mirror cover finish the look
of this beautiful telescope. The custom is red-chestnut.

a dual fan assembly helps cool the primary during setup and use.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

A "Shroud" for Joe's 12" Truss ....

Joe's 12" truss telescope ready for view -- except!!

Adding the shroud is easy with the removable truss section.

Captive bolts and knobs affix the truss section easily.

All ready to go....

Friday, April 26, 2019

A 13.1" Strut . . .

Bert's 13.1" is getting close to completion. Here the rocker box
is under construction and needs the bottom and ground board.
note the "stage" for the Sky Commander DSC.

At this stage of construction I like to check the fit, motions and
balance -- in this instance, they're "right on"!!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Bert's 13.1" F4.5 Strut Telescope . . .

The OTA (optical tuber assembly) pretty much completed.
That's a Moonlite 2-speed focuser and Destiny 3-vane curved-vane spider.

The mirror sits on a 6-point mirror cell designed and optimized with Plop.

Each of my telescopes include a custom fitted mirror cover.