"It's all glory" !! OK, Dennis, here it is.
I took the scope out last night for a go. It took me a while to find the right balance, but I'm happy to say it's everything I hoped. I can use any 1.25" eyepiece with ease, and the scope stays put; but it is easy to move with the view, even at 240x. Just what I wanted.
BTW, the scope is a 6" f/8 with Parks primary and Moonlite focuser. It has a curved-vein spider and very good secondary. The scope gives lovely views, best I've had of some things.
(We built the rocker box for Val in July, 2018).
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018
|Len's 12" F5. Note the "strings" and primary dew shield.|
|The very nice primary sits on a 6-point flotation mirror|
cell design and optimized with Plop. Collimation
is easy with a spring loaded cell and spider-hub.
|The "string" detail. Note the turn-buckle for tension.|
|The "blue" Moonlite 2-speed focuser and Destiny curved-vane|
spider. A Kendrick dew solution is installed on the secondary.
|A bit more detail of the string, primary mirror and mirror box.|
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
|Completed is Greg's 16" Lightbridge rocker box upgrade kit.|
|Joshua's 8" F6 strut telescope -- mirror box and upper ring completed.|
Now just to install the struts themselves.
|Note the Destiny 3-vane curved-vane spider and one-speed Moonlite focuser.|
I include a custom mirror cover with all my telescopes.
|Joshua's 8" OTA is pretty much complete. I have to do a|
couple of tasks -- but it's looking great. I'll test it under
the stars tonight -- Nice!!
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
|Len's 12" F5 string-strut rocker box and altitude bearings are ready|
for a few coats of varnish. The fit is just the way I like it!!
|Greg's 16" Lightbridge rocker box upgrade. I have an|
old 16" LB mirror box. Just for fun, I like to see it fits
all ok. And, this one does!!
Monday, June 25, 2018
|To get started mounting a finder or other accessory on my clamps, drill|
a #7 hole in the dovetail base or similar mounting hardware.
|Use a 1/4-20 "tap" to put threads in the hole. I usually cut off a|
carriage bolt that's long enough for this chore. If you ""flatten"" one
end with a hammer it'll fit into the threaded hole and stay there firmly.
|I use a 2" fender washer under the dovetail. Put the dovetail-shaft|
through the hole in the clamp and use a knob.
Note the ""locking" 1/4-20 nylon screw in the side of the clamp
so as to keep everything in place.
|OTA components, top ring and mirror box.|
|Note the 2-speed Moonlite focuser, curved-vane spider (with Kendrick|
dew heater installed) and custom mirror cover.
|The OTA is close to completion. The struts are 53.5".|
Note the "blue" focuser.
|A rocker box upgrade kit for Greg in Durango, Colorado. |
This one is for a 16" Lightbridge telescope.
|And Len's 12" F5 with its altitude bearings.|
Friday, June 22, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
A nice note from Jay in Herriman, Utah about his 17.5" Dobstuff truss telescope. it's always good to hear from our customers. Keeping in touch is one of our goals to good "customer relations"....
Thursday, June 7, 2018
|The 20" altitude bearings for Joe's 12.5" telescope kit|
are completed. See are the clamps and other hardware.
|The rocker box for Joe's telescope is coming together. I need to add the|
holes in the sides as well as the bottom and ground board.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Monday, June 4, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018
|Jerry's 12.5" String-Strut. Note the Telrad, Sky Commander and|
Moonlite 2-speed 2" crayford focuser. The DEC and AZ motions
are just right!! Jerry lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
|Detail of the Destiny 3-vane curved-vane spider. A Kendrick dew|
solution is installed on the secondary. Not shown is the "focuser
baffle" opposite the focuser.
|The beautiful 12.5" mirror is center marked with a "donut"|
for easy collimation. Note the Easy Transport Telescope
(ETT) intermediate ring and mirror cover.
|A dual-fan sits in back of the 6-point mirror cell. I always|
use oversized knobs for collimation and "feet" sothe
telescope can be stood upright more safely.