Thursday, September 24, 2020

A 6" F5 for Joe in Palos Verdes . . .

Joe's 6" F5 coming together. This will be the OTA only
with a dovetail to mount on an EQ mount.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Fan for Jonathan's 10" Telescope . . .

A  single fan for Jonathan's 10" F4.5 Dobstuff Telescope.

An "example" of the fan installation.


Saturday, September 19, 2020

A Note from Jonathan in Bellevue, Washington. . .

 Hi Dennis,

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.

Thanks! Jonathan

Friday, September 18, 2020

More on Bob's 6" F4 . . .

The mirror cell is a good fit. check out the 12"
rule for scale. The OTA will be about 20" long!!


Sunday, September 6, 2020

10" F4 with Nova Optics For Sale ...

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

Thanks, Dennis

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

10" F6 Completed...

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.


A Tale of Two 10s...

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

A Comment from Tim in Posser, Washington . . .

I had my Orion 14 rebuilt by Dennis Steele (Dobstuff) late 2018. I did the Easy Transport Telescope option, and Sky Commander. I could not be happier!!

(Posted on Cloudy Nights August 29, 2020).

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Al's 16" Almost Completed...

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

Great Progress on Al's 16" F3.9 . . .

I just need to finish the rocker box bottom and ground board,
install the Sky Commander and complete the DSC
stalk. Difficult to see in the photo, but the strings are installed.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

A 10" F6 for my Personal Telescope...

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

A Rocker Box for Al's 16" F3.9 ....

Coming along is the rocker box for Al's telescope. The "fit"
is just right. Wheel barrow handles need to be added.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

And Al's 16" F3.9 Strut Telescope . . .

Al's "big finder" affixed along with Moonlite focuser, curved-vane
spider and Feathertouch focuser -- Note the Easy Transport
intermediate ring. Strings will be installed as well.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

And More on Al's 16" F4 ...

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

A 16" F4.5 Telescope for Al in Appleton, Wisconsin...

That's an "observatory grade" Destiny spider and Feathertouch
focuser. The secondary mirror will have a "dew solution" affixed.

10" F4.5 Light Baffle for Focuser . . .

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. 

I first tried making a circular shroud from some thin black foam, which was worked pretty well, but tended to collapse into the light path.  So I just finished making a new one:

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

A Photo from Nathan in South Vienna, Ohio...

A note and photo from Nathan and his 12" Lightbridge on a rocker box
built from one of our kits. I like the color.....


Sunday, August 9, 2020

Ken's 16" F4.5 Close to Completion...

Ken's telescope was converted from a single upper-ring to a full 
upper tube assembly. His 6-tube truss is now an 8-tube truss. Nice!

The dual finder mount for an optical finder and laser pointer.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Ken's 16" F4.5 Upper Tube Assembly . . .

Ken's UTA sports a Moonlite 2-speed focuser and Destiny 3-vane
 curved-vane spider. The "dual finder" mount is for his optical finder an

Detail of the 3-vane curved-vane spider.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Two 16" Telescopes

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

Ken's 6 to 8-tube Truss Telescope . . .

Ken brought in his 16" 6-tube truss telescope for a modification to
an 8-tube with full Upper Tube Assembly. Lookin' good.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Rodney's Secondary...

Rodney contacted me about a secondary
he could not adjust and asked for a solution.
I added an adjustable component and it
works like a charm....

A Note from Nathan and his 12" Lightbridge Rocker Box ...

Hey Dennis!

 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!!

A Rocker Box Kit ...

Completed and ready for packaging is a kit for Peter's 12" telescope.
These are made from furniture-grade Baltic birch. I built rocker
boxes for just about any telescope -- kits or completely assembled.

Monday, July 27, 2020

A 10" F6 Under Construction . . .

A 10" F6 under construction with a primary
mirror from Swayze Optical. This is a little
different design as it has a full upper tube
assembly on a strut OTA.

Friday, July 24, 2020

A 10" F6 Strut with full UTA...

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.