14" F5 with Hubble Optics "sandwich" mirror made for Brian Medeiros in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
"To anybody considering buying a telescope from Dennis. Just do it. I did hours of research, went to all the mass produced web-sites and saw what they were offering, and for some reason, I just kept finding myself back at dobstuff.com ... and now that I have my scope, I know why. Dennis uses quality products, and brings them all together with great craftsmanship. Dennis is in my eyes is a craftsman, and is putting out just a great product. He responds to e-mails immediately, I have even spoken to Dennis over the phone and he is very courteous and knowledgeable. I am new to astronomy, and Dennis explained more to me than any textbook could. I live in Rhode Island, and encourage anybody in the area, if you're thinking about buying from Dennis and you're not sure, I will be happy to show you my scope . . . I know it will be a no brainer from there. I am proud of my decision to buy from Dennis, and I know you will be too." 

Brian Medeiros, West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
November 2008


Weight of optical tube assembly w/mirror 44#
Weight of rocker box 25.5#
Weight of mirror box w/mirror 30#
Weight of mirror 19#
Height of eyepiece at zenith 71"
Rocker box size 21.75" x 20.75" x 13"
Length of struts 65"
Construction material Furniture grade Baltic birch 13-ply plywood
Focuser 2" Crayford with 1.25" adapter
Spider Destiny "Professional" curved vane
14" F5 profile. The OTA weighs 44.5# including the 19# mirror.
The spider is a "Professional" Destiny spider with a 2.5" secondary.
Here's the detail of the Hubble Optics "sandwich" mirror. The total thickness is 1.5". Note that the clip of the mirror cell is affixed to the bottom plate of the mirror. This way, there are no clips hanging over the surface of the mirror.

A custom made 6-point floatation mirror cell optimized with Plop. The cell is made from 1/4" aluminum plate and adds very little extra weight to the mirror box.

For more information about your requirements:
--Dennis Steele
--Tel: 650-315-6578 (anytime)
--Email: densteele@dobstuff.com

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