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13.1" F4.5 Newtonian for Bob in Homer
includes an Antares 2-speed 2" crayford focuser with 1.25"
adapter, a Destiny curved vane spider and secondary. The mirror
is a Coulter 13.1" and sits on a custom built 6-point all
aluminum mirror cell optimized with Plop. Bob assembled
the telescope from a kit. Note that the 3-tone color scheme adds
to the beauty of the telescope. Really striking!!
telescope was completed in November 2009.
Here's the full text of
" Dennis, Here is the
"finished" scope. I have a few touch-ups to do on the
struts, and a few spots of stain that I will repair later in
the month. I finished this with multiple coats of cherry
stain, then varnish. On the bearings, I used a polyurethane
that I will not use again, as it left the birch with a
yellow tint. (I will fix this down the road) The scope is
the same color scheme as our cherry/maple dining room table
and chairs. It came out so nice, that I may store it in the
corner of the dining room as a conversation piece when not
I took my time building,
as I did not want to make any irreversible mistakes.
Everything went together very smoothly when I just took
things step by step. Their were several steps that I over
thought. When I just took a step back and relaxed, it all
just fell into place.
The limited viewing time
we have had so far has been great. I still need to add the
baffle for deep sky viewing, and that will be done tonight
or tomorrow. I was really surprised at the quality of the
image that came in when viewing Jupiter.
Thanks for such a great
quality kit. You can tell that a lot of thought and
engineering went in to the design. I can't wait to bring
this to a star party.
The little girl is my 4
year old daughter Alex, who got sooooo excited every time I
asked if she wanted to help my build the scope. She is out
there with me every night that conditions are good enough to
The 13.1" completely assembled and ready to use.
This photo shows a nice
"rear" shot with the mirror cell clearly visible. The
1/4" hole in the center of the cell is threaded if a
counterweight is ever needed.
Another nice shot of the
"mirror box". The mirror is affixed to the cell with silicone
and is on a 6-point flotation cell optimized with Plop.
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