Tuesday, December 23, 2014

14" 6-point flotation mirror cell . . .

A 14" 6-point flotation mirror cell for Paul in Galesville, Wisconsin
It's configured to fit a 16"-16.25" round tube.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Carl T., from Ledyard, Connecticut and his
12" Strut Telescope -- Ready to go!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Rocker Box for Christine's 12" Strut Kit. Cool, huh??
(Held with Clamps to check the "Fit and Finish")

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

A 12" Strut Kit . . .

A 12" Strut Kit starts to take shape for Chrristine in Fillmore, California.
The Baltic Birch mirror cell is installed on the mirror board.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12" F4.9 for Carl is complete . . .

Now complete is a 12" F4.9 for Carl T. in Ledyard, Connecticut

Here, you can see the "tandem finder mount", focuser and focuser baffle.
The "white wire" is from the secondary dew heater.

The primary is held in position by a 9-point
flotation mirror cell. A dew shield is included.

The "strings" for the strut-telescope add considerable
rigidity to the OTA. there is no flex evident.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Almost complete is a 12" F4.9 for Carl T., in Ledyard, CT.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A 12" and 17.5" telescope . . .

Carl T's 12" F4.9 strut telescope. With the Altitude Bearings
affixed, the Rocker Box is taking shape.

Chris H., from Ridgefield CT., received and setup his 17.5"
truss telescope. Here's he's affixed "wheel barrow" handles
to more easily move around this BIG telescope!! Nice.

All set up and ready to go . . .

The eyepiece height is about 86" -- so a step-ladder does the trick.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

12" More Progress . . .

Carl's 12" F4.9 Strut telescope coming along nicely.
The struts are 53 1/2" long.
Note Carl's "tandem" finder mount. Nice.

The "business end" of the telescope with mirror cover removed.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

12" for Carl . . .

A 12" Strut Telescope for Carl in Ledyard, Connecticut.

The "white wire" is from the secondary heater. It will be
fed along the spider vane..

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

11" Baltic Birch Mirror Cell . . .

A Baltic Birch mirror cell for Robert K's 11" mirror board of his own design.
Robert lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

The Rear. Plenty of Ventilation for his primary mirror.
His telescope will be a 3-parallel strut design. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A 17.5" F5 complete for Chris . . .

Now complete is a 17.5" F5 for Chris H. in Ridgefield Connecticut.
Notice the Large Right-Angle finder above the Focuser.

Detail of the Altitude Bearings and Primary Dew Shield.
Detail of the Rear with Single Fan.

The Finder, Paracorr and TeleVue 20mm Nagler.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A 17.5" F5 . . .

Chris' 17.5 F5 is nearing completion. The primary is on the
table in the rear. Yet to be installed are his finders

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

17.5" Progresses . . .

The rocker box for Chris' 17.5" is coming together.

Chris' 17.5" F5 with Altitude Bearings affixed.

Getting Carried Away . . .

Walt and Carolyn, Federal Way, Washington, wanted
a carrying case for the UTA ring of the 16" telescope.

The "inside corners" could be eyepiece trays.

Robber feet on the "bottom"

And handle. . .

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Size does matter . . .

A 17.5" F5 for Chris H. in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
For comparison, I stand 6-feet tall!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Completed is a 12.5" truss telescope for George M. in Kalispell, Montana.

The all aluminum mirror cell and Sky Commander
Stalk. The spider is a Destiny.

The focuser is a JMI EV-1.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sky Commander and an ET-10 . . .

Chris W., from Oakmont, Pennsylvania, and his Orion XT-10 and
his Sky Commander installation.

Alt Bearing Encoder installation.

Alt Bearing Encoder "post".

And, the Azimuth Encoder. An easy installation.

Diana's 10" F4.5 "Dobstuff" with ETT . . .

Diana M., from Wilmington, Delaware and friends with her 10" F4.5 Dobstuff
(thanks for the photo).

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A 12.5" . . .

With George's 12.5" OTA completed, the rocker box
starts to take shape. This telescope will have a
Sky Commander with DSC stalk.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Star Party at Borega Springs, California . . .

Walt and Carolyn enjoy their 16" F4.5 truss telescope at
Borega Springs, California star party.

First of three . . .

Working on 3 telescopes is fun, and keeps me busy. Here's Chris'
17.5" remake of his Discovery telescope.  The OTA components
are virtually complete.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

12.5" Truss . . .

A 12.5" Truss Telescope for George in Kalispell, Montana.
The spider is a Destiny and the focuser is a JMI EV-1 crayford.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beautiful color work . .

Tom H. and his 13.1" F4.5 telescope. The choice of color
and application of varnish is outstanding.


Tom lives in Angelus Oaks, California.

The focuser is a Moonlite. The spider is a Destiny.
Dobstuff built the rocker box, alt bearings, and front cover.