Monday, March 30, 2020

An Upper Tube Assembly for Carl's 10" Strut Kit . . .

It isn't often I make an Upper Tube Assembly for a strut telescope.
Here's Carl's UTA for his 10" kit. I especially like the red Moonlite

2-speed 2" crayford focuser. Inside is a 3-vane curved-vane

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Rodger's 6" F9.5 Almost Completed . . .

A Sky Commander to be installed, and the ground
board to be completed -- Rodger's 6" telescope is just
about complete. Note the Easy Transport Telescope,
Moonlite 1-speed focuser and curved-vane spider.

Friday, March 27, 2020

A Post from Cloudy Nights!!.....

A note from a happy customer!!

Love my Dobstuff 12.5", but I had premium quality optics (purchased used from CN Classified section) installed. After I bought the optics, it took Dennis Steele about 6 weeks to build the telescope. If you want commercial optics, Dennis will install GSO mirror, Hubble, whatever brand you want.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

A 6" Telescope and 10" Kit Underway . . .

A 10" kit for Carl in Berkeley, Missouri. The "strut"
telescope will have a full UTA instead of a single ring.

And, the rocker box coming together for Rodger's
6" F9.5 telescope. Lookin' good.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Good Progress on Rodger's 6" Telescope...

A bit oversized altitude bearings coming together.
These will make for a smooth motion and will
tend to stay in place when changing eyepieces.

The 6" mirror is so light, I needed to add a bit of weight to
the rear-end of the telescope. Removable 1.25# weights
do the trick. They are NOT connected to the mirror cell.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Rodger's 6" F9.5 OTA...

Beautiful optics, a Moonlite 1-speed focuser
and curved-vane spider -- with Easy Transport
Telescope option. The OTA is light and
neat looking.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

More on Rodger's 6" Telescope . . .

A nice newly coated 6" F5.9. The spider is a Destiny
3-vane curved-vane with 1" secondary. A Moonlite
1-speed 2" focuser makes a nice touch.

As always, a custom mirror cover for the primary.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Rodger's 6" Telescope . . .

Coming together is Rodger's 6" strut telescope with easy
transport. Here the spider and focuser bracket are in place.

Monday, March 9, 2020

A 6" Telescope for Rodger . . .

Underway is a 6" strut telescope for Rodger in Renton, Washington.
This telescope will sport a 1-speed Moonlite focuser, 3-vane curved-
vane spider and Easy Transport option. The "premium" optics
should do an outstanding for this telescope .. .

Friday, March 6, 2020

Tom's 16" F4.5 Truss - Completed . . .

This nice truss telescope, for Tom in Salt Lake City, Utah, sports
 a 2-speed Moonlite focuser, 4-vane curved-vane spider
and wheel barrow handles.

The 16" primary sits on a 6-point mirror cell designed and optimized
with Plop. The telescope is easy to move around with the wheel barrow handles.

I custom, fitted, mirror cover protects the primary during
storage and transport.

The detail of the  4" secondary and 4-vane spider 

Another view of the Upper Tube Assembly (UTA).

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Note and Photo from Karl in Southport, N.C....

Hi Dennis:
Karl's 8" telescope and rocker box
built from one of our kits.

I have a Convertible now!

I can still put my 8” f3.8 on the equatorial mount for imaging and now I can put it on the Dob kit that Dennis built.

I made brackets to attach the removable altitude bearings. They are about 5.5”x 6” x ½” oak with ¼ round molding glued and nailed. See the pictures.

Thank you, Dennis, for working with me on this design!

I’m glad you suggested making it a little larger than I was planning since the brackets I made ended up being slightly larger than I planned.

The scope is well-balanced and moves like it should (after I cleaned out the varnish I dripped in the AZ bolt hole).

I also really like that I can grab the long side brace through the large hole, pick the mount up and it is well balanced for carrying.

Thanks again, Dennis!

Here’s wishing us all Clear Skies!


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tom's 16" F4.5 Truss Telescope Nearly Completed ...

I just need to make some little "tweeks" and install the primary dew shield.
The wheel barrow handles are 6-feet in length with 10" pneumatic tires.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Chuck and his 16" Telescope...

Chuck, from Lakewood, Washington, stopped by to pick
up his beautiful 
16" string-strut telescope. A delightful visit.

Thanks for coming down Chuck.
The telescope is all "broken down" to it's sub-assemblies and
fits into his 
VW just perfectly. Nice!!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Chuck's 16" String-Strut 99.99% complete...

Chuck's 16" string-strut with Sky Commander, Moonlite 2-speed focuser,
Easy Transport and dew shield. Note the "strings.
Detail of the top ring with curved-vane spider and dew-solution for secondary.
Note the Moonlite focuser. The two clamps are for Chuck's Telrad.

A single fan to facilitate cooling for equilibrium. The primary sits
on a 6-point mirror cell with larger knobs for easy collimation.

The dew shield and bottom end of the "strings".
The secondary dew-solution installed and completed.

The Sky Commander cabling is in place. A Velcro
strip keeps the wire in place and out of the way.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Two 16" Telescope -- Completion This Week???

My goal is to complete Chuck and Steve's 16" telescopes this week.
Here's hoping!! Getting real close....

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Two 16" Telescopes -- Coming Along....

 Rocker boxes for the two 16" telescopes. The slightly taller sides, for the
truss, is on the left.

Altitude bearings for the string-strut installed.

Altitude bearings for the truss installed too!!
The "strut" rocker box....

And, the truss rocker ...

Monday, February 17, 2020

Chuck and Tom's Telescope ... Two 16's... .

Chuck's truss telescope, in the foreground, and
Tom's string-strut. Both 16" F4.5's. Now that
the OTAs are virtually complete, I like to test
them "under the stars". These two work perfectly.

Now to add the primary dew shields and altitude
bearings. I've yet to make the custom mirror covers.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Two 16" Telescopes . . .

Chuck's 16" string-strut OTA with
Easy Transport option.

Tom's full Upper Tube Assembly for his truss telescope.

The two 16" primary mirrors on their respective mirror boards.

The strut single-ring (L) and full UTA. both have 4" secondaries and
curved-vane spiders. Note the focusers are 2-speed Moonlites.

The beginnings of rocker boxes and 24" altitude bearings. Each is a slightly
different width. The truss telescope is about 1" smaller in O.D.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Two 16" Telescopes -- Continued...

Tom and Chuck's 16" F4.5 mirrors on their respective mirror boards.
The truss to the upper-left, the strut, lower right...

The UTAs completed too. Tom's "full UTA" for his truss telescope while
Chuck's is a "string-strut" with single ring.

Monday, February 10, 2020

A Visit from Steve and ...

Steve, and his wife Dian, came by from Berkeley, California
to pick up his 11" F4.6-ish telescope. We had a delightful
visit, talked telescopes and thoroughly enjoyed getting to
know each other. Thanks Steve. It was great fun.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Tom's 16" Truss Telescope...

Upper Tube Assembly for Tom's 16" truss telescope with 4-vane
curved-vane spider and 4" secondary..... The focuser is a Moonlite 2-speed
2" crayford with 2" to 1.25" adapter.

Monday, February 3, 2020

When 2 x 16 Doesn't Equal 32!!

Two 16" telescopes underway, one   for Tom in Salt Lake city and one for Chuck in
Lakewood, Washington. The full UTA, on the left, is for Tom's  truss-telescope.
Chuck's a string-strut design. Both optics are F4.5.
Focuser board and finder board starts making this UTA look just right!!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Steve's 11" Complete . . .

Steve's 11" F4.5 is complete. The primary is a Lightholder -- a real beauty.
Note the Sky Commander system, strings, Moonlite 2-speed focuser and primary
dew shield. The secondary is an 1/20th wave Antares. Nice!!

The Sky Commander on its "stage". The primary was coated by Spectrum
and is center marked for easy collimation.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

A Note from Kristian and his 13.1" Telescope . ..


Last night I had my first opportunity to use the 13.1 dob you made for me at our club’s first star party of 2020. I attached a photo of me (orange shirt) dialing in the colllimation with my friend Rene.  He’s know in our club as “the human goto”  mount for his skills at finding dso.  Everyone was impressed with your workmanship and quality.   The views were amazing.  Very nice crisp stars with the Paracorr 2 and Nagler eyepieces.  It’s the best views and smoothest moving scope I have owned.  It’s a lifetime keeper scope for me.  Thank you for recommending this size for my needs per our discussions beforehand.  It is the perfect scope for me.  I should have done this a long time ago.

Thanks again,


Friday, January 24, 2020

William's 12" Lightbridge Rocker Box . . .

Nice job putting the kit together. I really like the color.

Note the "break" just under the altitude bearing.