Saturday, December 29, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A "Bit" More on Joe's 16"

Joe asked me to "rework" his 16" Dobstuff
truss telescope, AND to lighten the load a bit.
Adding some weight-reducing holes works

The 16" OTA with truss section in place.

And the truss section. Easy assembly, transport,
setup and storage.

More on Eric's 16" Truss Telescope Kit . . .

A Moonlite 2-speed 2" crayford focuser
on a heavy-duty focuser bracket.

The 6-point flotation mirror cell is affixed
to Eric's 16" F4.5 mirror.

The spider is a Destiny "observatory grade"
curved-vane spider. The secondary is just below.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Joe's 16" and a "Mod"...

Joe, from Palos Verdes, California, brought over
his 16.25" with some new optics and
a "modification" needed.

A removable truss section for easy of assembly,
storage and transport. I like it!!

Friday, December 21, 2018

A 16" Kit for Eric . . .

The OTA rings for Eric's 16" truss telescope kit.
Eric lives in Fairview, North Carolina.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tim and his 14" Telescope

Just in time for the holidays, Tim receives his 14"
telescope. Now for a clear night and first light.

I like the matching floors!!

Monday, December 17, 2018

A Blast from the Past ...

Andy and his 12" with Zambuto optics.
Here's Andy and his 12" telescope we made for him in October, 2017. This is his post on Cloudy Nights on 12/17/18. Here's what Andy, in Sonoma California, has to say:

It might be a little early in your amateur astronomy hobby to be thinking about "lifetime scopes." Many contributors to this forum have been amateur astros for many years and own several telescopes.

A 12" Dob, say F5, is a great size though. Not too big, not too small. I see two 12" dobs in the classified section of Cloudy Nights in the $400 range. Certainly more affordable than a new scope. However, unless you trust the source,  I do not recommend buying a used scope unless you can try it first. I speak from experience. So if you bought used, that would mean buying from someone relatively near your location.

I'm not a fan of Lightbridge scopes for the reasons Starman 1 stated earlier. I love my Dobstuff Dob. It's sturdy but light weight. Out of your price range though, unless you buy used. 

Lots of dark sky sites in Utah! You're lucky. Probably some Astro clubs there too that might be helpful/fun to be with. 


Sunday, December 16, 2018

A Note and Photo from Dave and his 16" Truss...

Hi Dennis,

Dave lives in Peotone, Illinois.
I have now had the scope out 3 times. Though we have had clear skies the seeing has been bad. I can say though that the scope has still given me some awesome views. The scope is magnificent. I have attached a photo of me out with the scope. I hope things are going good for you!


Oh, i received the board you sent. Thank you again. It is on the scope and now the spotter scope never requires a ladder. You can see the new location in the photo I attached.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

14" for Tim Completed. . .

A bit of detail of the DSC stalk and strings.

Note the "strings", Easy Transport Telescope and Sky
Comander digital setting circle with stalk.

The straight-vane spider, focuser and secondary from from
Tim's more traditional and heavier telescope. These components
worked well in the newer lighter format telescope.

Tim sent his mirror cell. And an unusual mount with a
tapered primary mirror and center mount. Nice!!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Tim's 14" -- Close to Completion...

Note the "strings" and DSC stalk
clamps. This telescope will have a
Sky Commander installed.

The balance is perfect. Now to finish the
rocker box bottom, ground board and
install and test the Sky Commander.

Tim's straight-vane spider has been
modified to more easily collimate and
adjust. Note the Telrad and strings.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

More on Tim's 14" . . .

Before the Easy Transport is installed
I check for focus, fit, and balance.

Note the Telrad and 8x50 finder.
Completed, except for the ALT bearings,
Tim's 14" looks and works great.

And, the "easy transport" is completed.

Note the "strings".  They work great too.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Tim's 14" Remake . . .

Tim, in Prosser, Washington, sent along his mirror, cell,
spider, secondary and focuser to be "remade" into an ultra-lite

I include a custom mirror cover with each of my telescopes.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Post and Pictures from Len and his 12" Telescope . . .

Check out this article by clicking HERE.

Len's shroud is "home made" for just a few $$$$.

I like Len's solution for mounting a battery.

All set for travel or storage.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A 13.1" 9-Point Mirror Cell....

A 9-point flotation mirror for Jim in Coconut Creek, Florida

Larger knobs make for easier collimation.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Greg and his 8" Telescopes.....

Here's Greg and his 8" dobstuff ETT strut telescope..

And Greg's CPC-800. Nice!! I love the shirt.....

Monday, November 5, 2018

Foolin' Around with Telescopes . . .

I'm out, in the back yard, for a little observing with my
"new-to-me" CPC-800 and a 10" F4 under construction.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dave's 16" F4.5 Completed . . .

Dave 16" and dual fan assembly.

All of my telescopes include a fitted mirror cover.

A very fine 16" F4.5 Ostenhowski optic. NICE!!

Moving the telescope around is super easy with these
wheel barrow handles made of solid Oak and stained ebony.

The "red sedona" custom color and black make a
for a great-looking combination.

The focuser is a 2-speed 2" Moonlite. Note Dave Explore
Scientific finder. A nice addition.

The 4-vane curved-vane spider by Destiny.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Movin' Around a Big 16" Telescope . . .

Wheel barrow handles and Dave's 16" F4.5 rocker box.
The tires are 10" pneumatics. The movement is perfect.

With the Red Sedona custom color, the rocker box makes
an imposing presence. Notice Dave's AZ encoder installed.

The wheel-barrow handles are solid oak with ebony stain
and 6 coats of varnish to protect the wood.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dave's 16" Truss. Gettin' Close...

Yet, to finish the rocker box, but I like to assemble the
telescope to check fit and finish. This telescope is just
right. The "custom color" is red sedona.