Saturday, July 28, 2012

These are nice Baltic birch rocker box upgrades for the Meade Lightbridge telescopes. They are available for any size Lightbridge telescope.

The DobSTUFF workshop contains all the tools I need to build telescopes. Bandsaw, tablesaw, 3 routers, 3 table sanders, drill press and a wide variety of handtools.

A 12" F5 kit delivered to Pete in Shasta California in January of 2011. It turns out that Pete's father-in-law is noted physicist Dr. Freeman Dyson. Dr. Dyson was a contemporary of, and worked with, Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

During a trip to visit his son-in-law's family, Dr. Dyson helped Pete and his children assemble the 12" Dobstuff kit.

Friday, July 27, 2012

In July 2012, DobSTUFF was honored to have received the Astronomy Magazine's prestigeous Star Products Award for its kits and "make over" telescopes -- Thank you Astronomy Magazine..

This is a 16" telescope built around Meade Lightbridge components. The truss design lends itself to a rigid but light optical tube assembly. I finished the telescope in June 2012 for Anthony in Pittsburgh, PA.

You can notice, on this telescope, I've modified and installed the standard Meade fan. Additionally, a Sky Commander digital setting circle is included.

Completed in June 2012

This is a 10" F4.7 telescope with a Destiny mirror, secondary and spider. The focuser is a 2" crayford with 1.25" adapter. Included in a mirror cover (standard equpment with all my "remake" telescope and "complete" telescopes, black anodized struts and focuser baffle. I especially like this telescope because it is so portable. The OTA is only 45" long. The telescope can be lifted entirely by hand, moved and used with ease. The scope disassembles without the need for tools and stores in a relatively small 20"x20"x20" space.
This is my personal telescope. It's a 13.1" with full thickness Discovery mirror, Destiny curved-vane spider and Moonlite two-speed 2" focuser. I use a Sky Commander to roam around the skies. The color is Minwax Red Sedona.