Monday, March 30, 2020

An Upper Tube Assembly for Carl's 10" Strut Kit . . .

It isn't often I make an Upper Tube Assembly for a strut telescope.
Here's Carl's UTA for his 10" kit. I especially like the red Moonlite

2-speed 2" crayford focuser. Inside is a 3-vane curved-vane

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Rodger's 6" F9.5 Almost Completed . . .

A Sky Commander to be installed, and the ground
board to be completed -- Rodger's 6" telescope is just
about complete. Note the Easy Transport Telescope,
Moonlite 1-speed focuser and curved-vane spider.

Friday, March 27, 2020

A Post from Cloudy Nights!!.....

A note from a happy customer!!

Love my Dobstuff 12.5", but I had premium quality optics (purchased used from CN Classified section) installed. After I bought the optics, it took Dennis Steele about 6 weeks to build the telescope. If you want commercial optics, Dennis will install GSO mirror, Hubble, whatever brand you want.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

A 6" Telescope and 10" Kit Underway . . .

A 10" kit for Carl in Berkeley, Missouri. The "strut"
telescope will have a full UTA instead of a single ring.

And, the rocker box coming together for Rodger's
6" F9.5 telescope. Lookin' good.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Good Progress on Rodger's 6" Telescope...

A bit oversized altitude bearings coming together.
These will make for a smooth motion and will
tend to stay in place when changing eyepieces.

The 6" mirror is so light, I needed to add a bit of weight to
the rear-end of the telescope. Removable 1.25# weights
do the trick. They are NOT connected to the mirror cell.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Rodger's 6" F9.5 OTA...

Beautiful optics, a Moonlite 1-speed focuser
and curved-vane spider -- with Easy Transport
Telescope option. The OTA is light and
neat looking.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

More on Rodger's 6" Telescope . . .

A nice newly coated 6" F5.9. The spider is a Destiny
3-vane curved-vane with 1" secondary. A Moonlite
1-speed 2" focuser makes a nice touch.

As always, a custom mirror cover for the primary.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Rodger's 6" Telescope . . .

Coming together is Rodger's 6" strut telescope with easy
transport. Here the spider and focuser bracket are in place.

Monday, March 9, 2020

A 6" Telescope for Rodger . . .

Underway is a 6" strut telescope for Rodger in Renton, Washington.
This telescope will sport a 1-speed Moonlite focuser, 3-vane curved-
vane spider and Easy Transport option. The "premium" optics
should do an outstanding for this telescope .. .

Friday, March 6, 2020

Tom's 16" F4.5 Truss - Completed . . .

This nice truss telescope, for Tom in Salt Lake City, Utah, sports
 a 2-speed Moonlite focuser, 4-vane curved-vane spider
and wheel barrow handles.

The 16" primary sits on a 6-point mirror cell designed and optimized
with Plop. The telescope is easy to move around with the wheel barrow handles.

I custom, fitted, mirror cover protects the primary during
storage and transport.

The detail of the  4" secondary and 4-vane spider 

Another view of the Upper Tube Assembly (UTA).

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Note and Photo from Karl in Southport, N.C....

Hi Dennis:
Karl's 8" telescope and rocker box
built from one of our kits.

I have a Convertible now!

I can still put my 8” f3.8 on the equatorial mount for imaging and now I can put it on the Dob kit that Dennis built.

I made brackets to attach the removable altitude bearings. They are about 5.5”x 6” x ½” oak with ¼ round molding glued and nailed. See the pictures.

Thank you, Dennis, for working with me on this design!

I’m glad you suggested making it a little larger than I was planning since the brackets I made ended up being slightly larger than I planned.

The scope is well-balanced and moves like it should (after I cleaned out the varnish I dripped in the AZ bolt hole).

I also really like that I can grab the long side brace through the large hole, pick the mount up and it is well balanced for carrying.

Thanks again, Dennis!

Here’s wishing us all Clear Skies!


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tom's 16" F4.5 Truss Telescope Nearly Completed ...

I just need to make some little "tweeks" and install the primary dew shield.
The wheel barrow handles are 6-feet in length with 10" pneumatic tires.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Chuck and his 16" Telescope...

Chuck, from Lakewood, Washington, stopped by to pick
up his beautiful 
16" string-strut telescope. A delightful visit.

Thanks for coming down Chuck.
The telescope is all "broken down" to it's sub-assemblies and
fits into his 
VW just perfectly. Nice!!