(Note the yardstick at the bottom for a size comparison).
Friday, July 30, 2021
(Note the yardstick at the bottom for a size comparison).
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
|The equatorial mount for my 6" Edmund Scientific telescope|
including a hard-to-find clockdrive.
|After a good number of years in storage, the|
telescope is in excellent condition.
|The equatorial mount for a 4" Edmund Scientific|
telescope. I have the complete telescope for sale.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Friday, June 4, 2021
|Dave's 10" F6 with Swayze Optics premium mirror.|
Note the strings, full UTA, Easy Transport with intermediate
ring and dew shield. A full Sky Commander is included.
|The focuser is an Antares "Heavy-Lift" 2-speed while|
the spider is a Destiny 3-vane curved-vane.
Friday, May 28, 2021
UPGRADES! I’d been wanting to make some upgrades to the rocker box after seeing all the nice custom dobs at my local society’s star party and when I heard about Dobstuff, I made the jump. I should say- a well placed step on my existing rocker boxes eyepiece holder by a rambunctious little 8 year old might have rushed me along. Here’s a photo of the pieces I ordered. I went with a minwax Sedona Red stain and finished it off with four coats of clear satin polyurethane.
The finished product resembles an old Chris Craft boat and I love it! I’m sure everyone has a preference to wood tone, but this was mine. I sanded between coats with 600 grit paper and gave it ample time to dry. One nice thing is that Dennis provides all new hardware. I did however opt to use my existing plastic feet and the lazy susan bearing from my old dob as they worked perfectly well.
|Dave's rocker box is in its early stages of|
construction. The fit is "just right" <5/29/21>
|5/31/21 Getting close to completion.|
|Near complete is Daves' 10" F6|
OTA. I notice it's a bit "front heavy"
so I'll need to add some weight to
the rear of the telescope -- counter
to the "ultra-lite" philosophy. but
it's gotta balance!!!!
Monday, May 24, 2021
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
|The color is "Cognac"|
After many days of cool, wet weather, we finally had some drier days. I finally managed to get all of the parts stained. One thing that I discovered is that the stain somewhat obliterates the pencil marks that tell me right from left pieces and other defining orientations. I ended up using a set of numbered punches that I had to mark the wood in non visible places in order to maintain the correct orientation of the parts. I did manage to get the ground board stained and sealed. You can see the Teflon in one corner.
We’re going into another wet spell, so I’ll be waiting a bit to polyurethane the parts. Just need some more good days to get this all finished up.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Hi Dennis: Finally some warmer (non-snow, rain, wind) weather. After hand sanding quite a bit, my son told me he had a sander. Larry
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
|A full Sky Commander system is installed, configured|
|All of my telescopes include a custom-fitted|
mirror cover to keep the optics clean and safe.
|The heaviest components of this beauty is|
the primary mirror itself. Features include
an Observatory Grade Destiny spider, 9-point
flotation mirror cell, Sky commander and
Moonlite 2-speed focuser.
Friday, April 23, 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021
|A "dob" mount for David's Takahashi MT-160|
Newtonian reflector. It stands a scant 20" high
from the base to the center of the altitude
bearings. David lives in Phoenix, Maryland.
|Those are Parallax tube rings. Nice n' heavy duty.|
Monday, April 19, 2021
Well, you wouldn't think that it would take almost eight months to have first light with the amazing 16" dob you built for me, but what with several plans foiled by weather and the pandemic, it did. My friend Steve and I drove it 1400 miles and finally set it up in Durango, Colorado two weeks ago under stunningly dark skies at 7,500 feet and had a wonderful, inspiring two nights of viewing. First object was Sirius, to focus in and verify collimation, and then the little open cluster M41 just below it when the sky was still blue... and it was quite wonderful!
And it only got better from there. What I see through the eyepiece now is what I always wanted to see: globulars resolved to the core, open clusters rich with bright and faint stars, the bright wings of M42 as well as the core nebulosity, faint galaxies that had previously been too dim to see, and on and on.
So thank you! Thank you for creating such a fine framework for the f3.9 mirror I got from Orion Optics in the UK. The scope was easy to put together, impressively steady yet easy to move, and with the cables, holds collimation in all positions. I have yet to hook up the Sky Commander because we ran out of clear nights before I could do so, but that's next.
Thanks again, Al.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
|Aaron's 10" strut kit with "Easy Transport" completed.|
Aaron's spider, mirror cell and focuser pre-mounted for him.
|Dan's mirror box, altitude bearings and |
rocker box are pretty close to completed.
Friday, April 16, 2021
|It's always a pleasure meeting my customers. Here's |
Larry, from N. Salt Lake Utah, picking up his 13.1"
F4.5 strut telescope kit.
|Have fun assembling the kit, Larry. It'll be an |
enjoyable experience. The primary was tested by,
and evaluated by Swayze Optical.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
|Pretty much completed, Aaron's kit include his mirror cell|
mounted on the mirror board, 4-vane spider and focuser.
This will be the "easy transport" version of the strut telescope.
|The rocker box for Aaron's kit as well as one of the 15"|
altitude bearings. Looking GREAT!!
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Thursday, April 8, 2021
|Here are the top-rings for Dan's 17.5" strut-telescope, with|
an "observatory grade" curved-vane spider and Aaron's 10"
strut-telescope with his 4-vane spider. Note the focusers
are affixed to the rings as well. Aaron's telescope is a "kit".
|The "mirror board" and top ring are completed and ready to|
test under the stars. Date 4/10/21
|That's a Moonlite 2-speed focuser and Observatory Grade|
Destiny spider with 3.5" secondary. The primary is mounted
on a 9-point flotation mirror cell of our own design. Date 4/10/21.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Here's a note about his telescope. I "so appreciate" a note from him:Hi Dennis, I hope this message finds you very well! Now that the winter has wound down, I've been able to use my new dob more often than in the past few months. Man, do I love this scope! As one who has practically always used refractors, it is so nice to have a bit of aperture! It's like a whole new universe up there :-) I can picture myself requesting you to build a 6" f/4 for me in the coming year or two. But, for now, I'm simply relishing what I have. Thanks for building me a great scope!
With warm wishes,
Saturday, April 3, 2021
|A 10" kit underway for Aaron in Delaware, Ohio. I've|
mounted his mirror cell and spider so far.