Friday, November 27, 2020

A 10" F4 for Siddhesh in Burlington, Vermont...

This 10" F4 will sport a beautiful Nova primary with Antares
high-end secondary. It'll include a 3-vane spider and Moonlite
focuser... Note the "full UTA" on this strut  telescope.

The "full thickness" Nova 10" primary with Ronchigram
on the rear. One beautiful mirror!!

The "mirror board" with mirror cell installed. This is a 
more "standard" mirror -- all cast aluminum and sturdy.

And the mirror cell from the front view. (11/28/20)

Monday, November 23, 2020

A 16" Lightbridge Rocker Box Completed...

Completed and packaged for shipping is Cadby's 16" Lightbridge
rocker box. It's looking great!!


Sunday, November 22, 2020

A Couple of Projects Underway...

A 10" strut telescope underway for Jeff in 
Oroville, California. Getting close to completion.

Almost completed is a custom rocker box for 
Cadby's 16" Lightbridge telescope.


A Photo from Maria and her 12.5" Telescope...

Thanks Maria for the photo. Her "first light" 
reports a cloudy sky. to be expected when
trying a telescope for the first time!!


Saturday, November 21, 2020

A 12" F5 Complete Kit for Ryan in Bozeman, Montana...

Ryan's kit includes a 12" F5 primary mirror on a 9-point mirror cell,
curved-vane spider, 2-speed Moonlite focuser and wheel 
barrow handles.

A packaged and ready to go!!


Friday, November 20, 2020

A 9-point Flotation Mirror Cell for Dave in Galion, Ohio...

The cell is designed to fit Dave's traditional mirror box.

Nice larger knobs will make collimation easy!! All my
mirror cells are designed and optimized with the Plop software.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Three Projects Underway . . .

Jeff's 10" telescope is well underway, Next
is to complete the rocker box.

A 12" kit for Ryan is near completion. Here'
the rocker box is tested for width and depth.
Looks good.

And a custom rocker box for Dave's Lightbridfge
16" telescope. The  width and depth and just
right for this beautiful telescope.


Thursday, November 12, 2020

More on Jeff's 10" Strut Telescope...

Jeff's 4-vane spider in place.

And now the focuser and secondary are installed and aligned.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A 10" Telescope and 12" Kit Underway...

Jeff's 10" strut-telescope is coming along great. Here, the
spider has been mounted. Next is to mount  the focuser!!

And, a 12" kit for Ryan is getting close to completion.
Note the 3-vane curved-vane spider and 2-speed 2"
Moonlite focuser. The heavy-duty bracket is 1/4" aluminum.


Friday, November 6, 2020

A Note a Couple of Photos from Brent and his 14" Telescope...

Brents 14" on our rocker box and compared
to the Orion rocker.

This picture shows the difference in size between the original Orion (Go2) mount and the new Dobstuff (manual) one.  I haven't weighed the Dobstuff yet, but I would guess it's around 25 lbs.  The Orion is closer to 92 lbs.  The Dobstuff uses a square box that takes up less space and allows me to get my chair much closer to the eyepiece.  It also brought the eyepiece height at zenith down about 8".

So far I'm very pleased with how this has turned out.  Hopefully I'll get a chance to take it out this weekend despite the cloudy forecast (maybe catch a planet or two).

(Brent sent an email and I borrowed some of  his comments from his CN post).

In just a couple of days, Brent went from the kit, shown
here, applied the custom color, applied the varnish and 
assembled the rocker box. THAT'S fast work!!

Thursday, November 5, 2020

A Note and Photos from Kristian in Lake Placid, Florida...

 A nice note and photos from Kristian in Lake Placid, Florida:

A 13.1 F4.5 strut telescope
Hi Dennis I sent you some pictures of my dob as it's been almost a year with it.  I just wanted to let you know I had a great time with it this season.  Lots of first time views of many DSO.  This past Spring I logged 89 galaxies in a single all night session - just having such a great time with this fine scope you made for me.  The scope is very light for it's size.

Anyway talk to you soon again.  Thanks for making me a nice scope I love it. Cheers, K...

12.5" F4.8 Strut Telescope for Maria B...

A beautiful 12.5" for Maria in Malden, Mass. The unusual
feature is the full UTA (upper tube assembly) on this 
strut telescope. It works beutifully.

That's a Moonlite 2-speed 2" focuser and Maria's optical
finder. A Rigel finder will also be used for finding objects.

A beautiful 12.5" full-thickness mirror renders outstanding
images. Note the custom mirror cover.

A cooling fan to facilitate equalize the primary mirror.

All packed up and read for a new  home!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Brent and his 14" Orion Rocker Box . . .

Just a couple days ago Brent received the 14" Orion rocker
box kit we built for  him. He's applied the colors and is moving
along. The varnish will make the colors "pop"..


A 12" Kit and 10" Telescope Underway...

A 10" strut telescope for Jeff in Oroville, California (L) and 12" full-kit for
Ryan in Boseman, Montana. The OTA rings are the first step in the project.


Rocker box sides and altitude bearings for Jeff and Ryan's kit and telescope.  (11/8)