Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tom's 14" Mirror -- all set for mounting the mirror cell.
Finding and marking the mirror's center (on the rear).

Here, I'm affixing the 6-point flotation mirror cell to the
mirror with silicone. A hole in the center of the cell
lines up with the center of the mirror -- easy and effective.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A 14" F4.5 strut telescope is underway for Tom in Chesterfield, Missouri.
The 6-point mirror is partially-completed. This telescope will sport the 
Easy Transport (ETT) option as well as a custom color..

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Completed today is a 10" F4.7 strut telescope for Diana in 
Wilmington, Delaware. Note the Sky Commander system
on a strut-mounted "stage".

Plenty of ventilation for fast cooling.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Complete is a 10" F4.7 OTA for Diana in Wilmington, Delaware.
Note the Easy Transport Telescope (ETT) option. The ETT makes
the struts 1/2 as long while introducing the intermediate ring for rigidity.

The OTA, including the mirror cover, only weighs 22.5#.

Diana's 10" rocker box is taking shape. This
telescope will have a Sky Commander installed.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The 10" strut F4.7 OTA near completion for Diana from Wilmington, Delaware.

Jay's 17.5" F4.5 "in the field" with his friend Eric at the eyepiece.
(Looks like it's a beautiful sky near Herriman, Utah)

Friday, July 18, 2014

We now install a "break" for the altitude bearings of our rocker boxes. These are simple to make,
simple to install and easy to use.

Completed today and ready to package is a Lightbridge rocker box
Upgrade for Scott in Santa Barbara, California.
Encoders are installed.

All packed up and ready for Fed Ex.
A 12" Lightbridge rocker box kit for Matt in Floorence Massachusetts
and Scott's 16" Lightbridge rocker box upgrade.

Matt's 12" Lightbridge rocker box upgrade "kit".

It's been a busy day!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

16" Rocker Box Upgrade for Scott's
16" Lightbridge.

Front View. Scott lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mirror Board with Cover for Diana's 10" F4.7

10" F5 with Cover Removed.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Here, I'm getting a start on a 10" F4.7 for Diana in Wilmington, Delaware.

Bob and his son Simon visit from Chino Hills, California
We were trouble-shooting his Discovery 12.5" telescope.
I always enjoy a visit from like-minded telescope nuts!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

All packed up and ready for Fed Ex -- a !7.5" F4.5 truss telescope
for Jay in Herriman, Utah.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mike L., from Frankfort, Kentucky, needed a new mirror
for his 10" F4.5 Coulter telescope.
(the old and original Coulter in the background)

Mike's new mirror cell installed in the original cardboard telescope tube.

Completed today is a 17.5" F4.5 truss telescope for
Jay in Herriman, Utah.
Note the green Moonlite Focuser and Destiny Observatory Grade spider
A Stellarvue F-50 and Telrad are mounted on each side of the focuser.

The Primary and Secondary Mirrors have Enhanced coatings.

Mirror Box with Mirror Cover Removed.

Dual Fans help cool an all aluminum 6-point flotation
mirror cell optimized with Plop.

Check out Jay's astronomy blog here.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Completed today is a 10" "full kit" for Rick in Bloomington, Indiana.
The kit is complete with optics, spider, focuser, mirror cell and
all the hardware for a 3 parallel strut telescope.

An example of a  completed 10" telescope.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Rocker Box for Rick's 10" kit.
The rocker box is taking shape for Jay's 17.5" F4.5 telescope.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

While the "glue dries" on parts for Jay's 17.5" I have a chance
to work on a 10" kit for Rick in Bloomington, Indiana. Here,
the OTA rings, mirror cell,  rocker box sides and alt bearings are complete.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Altitude Bearings and Rocker Box sides coming together
for Jay's 17.5" truss telescope.
Jay, in Herriman, Utah -- out for the evening enjoying his Zambuto
based 14" Dobstuff. Great optics. Nice.