Friday, September 29, 2017

Two Telescopes -- and More. . .

12.5"  for Andy and 16.25" for Joe. Here the mirror  boards, mirror
cells and mirror covers are completed. Now for the top ring

The top ring for Andy's 12.5" The spider is a Destiny
Observatory grade 3-vane curved-vane. Nice!!
Lightbridge 12" and 16" Rocker Boxes. The sides are
pretty much complete.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Two Lightbridge Rocker Boxes ...

A 12" and 16" Lightbridge rocker box are under construction.
These all Baltic birch upgrades are lighter, smaller and more sturdy
than the Meade versions.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Couple of Concurrent Projects.....


Here is a picture of my new 17.5 at the Black Forest Star Party.  It is held at the Cherry Springs state park south of Coudersport PA.  I received many praises for the design and workmen ship of the scope.  It performs great!  The dark skies help as well.


(Keith lives in Galion, Ohio).

A 16.25" F3.7 telescope for Joe is also coming together. Here
you see the Feathertouch focuser (it will include the SIPS option)
and standard 4-vane straight-vane spider.

The "triangles" for an 18-point flotation mirror cell. The cell is
designed and optimized with Plop.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

And More on Andy's 12.5" Telescope...

The altitude bearings and rocker box sides for Andy's 12.5" telescope
are coming along. I'll start the assembly process in the next few days.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A 12.5" Telescope for Andy...

The start of a 12.5" string-strut telescope for Andy in Sonora, California.
This  telescope will sport a Zambuto primary, Antares secondary, Moonlite
2-speed focuser and Observatory Grade curved-vane spider.
An "Easy Transport Telescope" option is also included.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Mirror Cell for David in Canada...

David asked for an 11.5 square back plate for his 10" primary
mirror. The construction is all 3/4" Baltic birch.

Plenty of ventilation for cooling the mirror..