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.