Sunday, October 22, 2017

A 10" F4.8 For Sale . . .

Now under construction and available in a short couple of week sis a
10" F4.8-9 for Easy transport Option. This photo is an "example"
of the telescopes' appearance. Some very slight variations may
apply. But, I hope you get the idea. Price: $999 plus shipping.

Already completed are the OTA rings. Note the mirror
board with an all aluminum mirror cell. Features include

3-vane curved-vane spider and all aluminum 2" one-speed
crayford focuser with 2" to 1.25" adapter.
16" altitude bearings and rocker box sides are
underway. The balance will be perfect with these sizes.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Thanks for the Email Dave . . .

Dave and his 8" telescope on a dobstuff rocker box
He lives in Avon Park, Florida.

I have had two good nights on the Scope and Rocker Box and tonight I took the scope to Kristian Nader’s and let him push it around. He was amazed how well the box worked and how easy and smooth it moved. He has a Meade 12 inch DOB that he was going to get converted but finances have hit him hard. I hope he ends up getting a kit made but I can say this I love it and it has proven that it is much better than what comes stock with Meade DOB’s I saw the Double Cluster and also Andromeda tonight very nicely and last night it was Saturn and a few other things. All in all a very nice piece of work.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Andy Picks Up his Telescope ...

Andy, from Sonora, California stopped by for his 12.5"
string-strut telescope. It was a great visit.
Thanks for coming by, Andy....

His entire scope fits onto the backseat of his Hyundai
4-door hatchback. A steatbelt holds the ota in place.

Add the rocker box and top ring and it's all loaded.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Andy's 12" is Completed . . .

A Destiny Observatory Grade curved-vane spider, "violet" Moonlite focuser
and filter slide. A Telrad is attached to the top strut.

The Easy Transport Telescope option and intermediate ring.
Note the "strings". The mirror is a Zambuto F5.

All construction is with furniture grade Baltic birch. You can just
make out the "strings". A custom mirror cover is included with all my telescopes.

Note the 12Vdc  "fan" assembly.

The detail of the Telrad, filter slide and "violet" focuser.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Couple of Projects . . .

Andy's 12" F5 Zamboto assembled with Telrad, strings
and filter slide. Close to completion.

Keith's rocker box upgrade for his "original"  13.1" Coulter.

And Keith's rocker box sides.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

12" F5 for Andy "Almost" Completed...

Just a couple more "items" to complete for Andy's 12" F5 Zambuto.
Note the filter-slide. Nice!!

Joe and his 16.25" Telescope ...

Joe, from Palos Verdes, stopped by to pick up his 16.25" F3.7 with Nova
optics. It was good to visit and see him again. This is the 3rd telescope
I've built for Joe. I think he has good taste in vendors!!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Andy's 12" Fan ...

A 70mm fan assembly will help "cool" Andy's telescope as
an observing session gets underway. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

A 16" Lightbridge Rocker Box for Charles A.....

Completed and ready for packing is a 16" Lightbriddge Rocker box
for Charles A. in Kearney, Nebraska. The construction is all
furniture grade Baltic birch. An altitude axis "break" is included.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Andy's 12.5" F5 .... On the Final Stretch...

Andy's rocker box is taking shape. Once I get to this point
I'm about 2 weeks from completing the telescope!!

Andty's 12.5" F5 with ETT . . .

The "bottom" half of the struts installed.

Add the "intermediate ring"

the "top half" of the struts are
"twisted into place".

Install the "top ring" with focuser, spider and
secondary and the scope is ready to use.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Andy's 12.5" Zambuto F5 . . .

Assembled for a "final test" before cutting the struts
for the Easy transport option. The struts are 57.5" long.
The "violet" Moonlite 2-0speed 2" crayford focuser with filter slide.

The Destiny "observatory grade " spider is very sturdy, the Zambuto
primary sits on a 6-point Dobstuff flotation mirror cell.

All of the telescope I built include a custom mirror cover. This telescope
will include the Easy Transport option and "strings".
The "mirror box" for Andy's telescope is completed.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Mike and his 12.5" Strut Telescope . . .

Mike, in Peyton, Colorado, just completed his 12.5"
strut telescope with "Easy Transport" option. A
beautiful job of assembly. Great going Mike.

A 12" and 16" Lightbridge Rocker Box . . .

1 16" Lightbridge rocker box upgrade for Charles
in  Kearney, Nebraska. I like to fit a 16" LB mirror "box"
to be sure all fits well. In this case -- it's perfect!!
A 12" Lightbridge rocker box upgrade. This is a "kit" for
Bernard in Columbia, MO.

Each of my rocker boxes, for the Lightbridge, includes a "break"
on the altitude axis to aid in balancing the telescope.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Joe's 16.25" F3.7 Telescope . . .

Joe G's 16.25" F3.7 telescope outside and ready
for testing with and without SIPS. The primary
mirror is by Nova Optics. Beautiful images....

The "SIPS" integrated Paracor. The focuser can be with or without it.
Joe's 16.25" truss telescope is close to completion.
The scope sports an 18-point flotation mirror cell,
Telrad, Feathertouch focuser and SIPS --
(The Starlight Integrated Paracorr System).
Joe's telescope is "close" to completion.