|Completed and packaged for shipping is Cadby's 16" Lightbridge|
rocker box. It's looking great!!
Monday, November 23, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
|Ryan's kit includes a 12" F5 primary mirror on a 9-point mirror cell,|
curved-vane spider, 2-speed Moonlite focuser and wheel
|A packaged and ready to go!!|
Friday, November 20, 2020
|The cell is designed to fit Dave's traditional mirror box.|
|Nice larger knobs will make collimation easy!! All my|
mirror cells are designed and optimized with the Plop software.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
|Jeff's 10" telescope is well underway, Next|
is to complete the rocker box.
|A 12" kit for Ryan is near completion. Here'|
the rocker box is tested for width and depth.
|And a custom rocker box for Dave's Lightbridfge|
16" telescope. The width and depth and just
right for this beautiful telescope.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
|Jeff's 10" strut-telescope is coming along great. Here, the|
spider has been mounted. Next is to mount the focuser!!
|And, a 12" kit for Ryan is getting close to completion.|
Note the 3-vane curved-vane spider and 2-speed 2"
Moonlite focuser. The heavy-duty bracket is 1/4" aluminum.
Friday, November 6, 2020
This picture shows the difference in size between the original Orion (Go2) mount and the new Dobstuff (manual) one. I haven't weighed the Dobstuff yet, but I would guess it's around 25 lbs. The Orion is closer to 92 lbs. The Dobstuff uses a square box that takes up less space and allows me to get my chair much closer to the eyepiece. It also brought the eyepiece height at zenith down about 8".
Brents 14" on our rocker box and compared
to the Orion rocker.
So far I'm very pleased with how this has turned out. Hopefully I'll get a chance to take it out this weekend despite the cloudy forecast (maybe catch a planet or two).
(Brent sent an email and I borrowed some of his comments from his CN post).
|In just a couple of days, Brent went from the kit, shown|
here, applied the custom color, applied the varnish and
assembled the rocker box. THAT'S fast work!!
Thursday, November 5, 2020
A nice note and photos from Kristian in Lake Placid, Florida:
|A 13.1 F4.5 strut telescope|
Anyway talk to you soon again. Thanks for making me a nice scope I love it. Cheers, K...
|A beautiful 12.5" for Maria in Malden, Mass. The unusual|
feature is the full UTA (upper tube assembly) on this
strut telescope. It works beutifully.
|That's a Moonlite 2-speed 2" focuser and Maria's optical|
finder. A Rigel finder will also be used for finding objects.
|A beautiful 12.5" full-thickness mirror renders outstanding|
images. Note the custom mirror cover.
|A cooling fan to facilitate equalize the primary mirror.|
|All packed up and read for a new home!!|
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
|A 10" strut telescope for Jeff in Oroville, California (L) and 12" full-kit for|
Ryan in Boseman, Montana. The OTA rings are the first step in the project.
|Rocker box sides and altitude bearings for Jeff and Ryan's kit and telescope. (11/8)|