|Joe's 6" F5 coming together. This will be the OTA only|
with a dovetail to mount on an EQ mount.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
I've been using your 10" f/4.5 scope for a bit over a year now. I'm really happy with it!
The mirror is great and really easy to collimate. The movement is very smooth, and the balance is nice too; I haven't had any issues changing from light to heavier eyepieces. The telescope is the perfect height for observing while sitting, and light enough to move during a session if needed for tree-dodging.
Dennis was great to work with as well; he answered tons of questions I had, and was very responsive and helpful.
I have made a few tweaks to the scope: I put a few old CDs around the azimuth bearing to make it a bit smoother. I made a cover for the secondary using a large plastic bottle, and I made the full light shield at the top since I have to contend with a lot of lights when I observe at home.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Up for sale is my "venerable" 10" F4 with Nova primary mirror and Antares secondary, Moonlite 2-speed focuser, primary dew shield with mirror cover and red-dot finder. The images through this telescope are picture-perfect!! $1295 including CONUS shipping.
Contact me any time at 650-315-6578 or email email@example.com
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
|Completed is a 10" F6 that I intend using for my personal|
telescope (at least for the time-being!!). Note the strings
Moonlite focuser, curved-vane spider and Sky Commander.
The optics are premium Nova primary and Antares secondary.
|I like to use a simple red-dot finder while aligning|
the Sky Comander and locating an object. Simple,
and easy to use. You can see the string details here.
What does one do when they have "time on their hands". Why, build a telescope of course. I'm nearing completion of my personal 10" F6 with a Nova Optics mirror and Antares secondary. The focuser is a 2-speed Moonlite and the spider is a 3-vane curved-vane Destiny. It'll sport a Sky Commander later today.
The telescope to the right is a 10" F4 with Nova Optics mirror as well. Same focuser and spider. The difference is striking -- 20" longer in focal length. This telescope is now "on sale" -- so contact me if interested. Dennis
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
|Just about completed is Al's 16" F3.9 string-strut telescope. |
There's just a couple more accessories to add -- a primary
dew shield and dual- fan assembly. Out under the stars,
this evening, the scope performed like the beauty it is.
|A "powered" ground board is always a nice feature. The power source,|
a battery, can sit 12 feet out of the way.
|The power "distribution" on top of the ground board.|
|And the power control panel can accommodate 3 devices.|
|Dual fans for Al's 16" telescope.|
Monday, August 24, 2020
Sunday, August 23, 2020
|A 10" f6 from Nova Optics for my new "personal" telescope.|
|The OTA for the 10" F6. Note the full UTA for this "strut: telescope.|
the focuser is a Moonlite 2-speed with a Destiny 3-vane curved-vane
spider. The secondary is 2" minor axis.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Saturday, August 15, 2020
|Al's beautiful 16" F4 primary mirror. I've put a "donut" onto the center|
for easy collimation. The spider is an "observatory grade" heavy-duty
unit from Destiny with a Feathertouch focuser.
|The custom mirror cover in place. It's now time to "test" the strut lengths.|
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
|That's an "observatory grade" Destiny spider and Feathertouch|
focuser. The secondary mirror will have a "dew solution" affixed.
One of our customers, his 10" telescope and a great idea for a focuser baffle. LOOKS GREAT:
My 10" Dobstuff came with a small rectangular shroud opposite from the focuser. At home, I have various streetlights to contend with, and found this small shroud woefully insufficient.
It's made of ABS plastic, same as the shroud near the primary mirror that came with the scope. I measured the shape; there are notches for the spider vanes, a circle for the focuser, and an odd rectangle where my finders stick through. I sent the design to a plastics store to make the cuts, since I'm short on tools. I then spray painted the inside with flat black, and used velcro to hold the overlapping edge together. It attaches to the top ring via some hand screws, so it's easy to remove if needed.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020
|A 16" strut telescope for Albert in Appleton, Wisconsin. This |
telescope will sport a Feathertouch focuser, 3-vane observatory
grade spider, Easy Transport Telescope option and Sky Commander.
|24" altitude bearings will guarantee smooth motion and enough sticktion|
to keep the telescope in place between eyepiece changes.
|Also underway is a modification to Ken's 16" truss telescope. We're making|
this 6-tube truss into an 8-tube truss and adding a full upper tube assembly.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Wanted to give you an update on the rocker box. I finished the staining and polyurethane finish shortly after I sent you the last email. I had other other projects come up after that and finally got the assembly done over this last weekend. Everything went together great!! I’ll go ahead and include a couple photos of the finished rocker box, I haven’t had a chance to get the scope on it yet because of not so great seeing conditions here lately. Can’t wait to get the scope on it and then I’ll get some more pics for you. Hopefully this coming weekend if the skies are clear! Nathan
|I like the color scheme. Neato!!|
Monday, July 27, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
|A strut design with full UTA. Not too common.|
|The spider is a Destiny curved-vane. The focuser will be|
a Moonlite 2-speed 2" crayford device.
|The telescope will look "similar" to this one.|
This telescope was built by Carl in Berkeley,
Missouri from one of our kits.