Saturday, January 12, 2019

Rancho Mirage Observatory ....

Inside the dome at the Rancho Mirage Library and
Observatory -- "A Journey into Space". A demo
of a projection system that rivals a planetarium.


That's the 27" telescope in the fore-ground.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hello There Joe...

Joe's truss telescope. Nice!!
Joe G, from Palos Verdes, California, stopped by and picked up his
16" F4 truss telescope. It's always great to see him.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

16" Truss for Joe . . .

While working on Joe's 16" telescope I made
some end-tube rings for his 6" reflector. They're
made with Baltic birch and stained Ebony.

The 16" mirror and cell. No clamps, just a bit of silicone at 120-degree
intervals on the mirror cell. Note the eyepiece tray.

A beautiful F4 primary mirror make up this extra nice telescope.

The focuser is a Starlight Instruments "Feathertouch" with integrated

Here the "truss section" has been removed for ease of transport,
storage and assembly. Note the encoders for Joe DSC system.

Monday, January 7, 2019

16" Kit for Eric -- Complete...

Here's a completed kit for Eric's 16" truss telescope -- including a beautiful set of optics
, Moonlite 2-speed focuser, Destiny "observatory grade" spider and 3.5" secondary. 
The 6-point flotation mirror cell is affixed and was designed and optimized
 with Plop. All Baltic birch construction.

This is an "example" of the completed telescope.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Tim and his 14" Telescope on New Year's Eve...

I finally got some clear skies with little wind to get the telescope out for first light. My wife Tammy says The Orion Nebula was the best she has ever seen. The Trapezium was clearly resolved with my 32 mm Optiluxe (~52x) and with the O3 filter, we couldn’t get all the nebulosity in, and it was bright with lots of detail. We got M81 and M82 in the same field of view as well as the Andromeda complex. Tammy had me take off the coat because it was reflecting. I didn’t last long. It is 23 here in Prosser.  Thanks for the great telescope!!!!!