Equipment and Telescope Making
Note: this page is under construction. Check back occasionally for updates.
This will give you an idea of some of my equipment, and since I make some of it, my Amateur Telescope Making interests. I use a variety of equipment, depending on what I am intending to do. An outreach event at an elementary school requires portability, and not much light-gathering ability. On the other hand, Astrophotography requires half a truckload of "stuff." And those darkest of nights are best served by a simple 12 1/2 inch homemade dob. Making my own equipment, and accessories, teaches me a lot, gives me a sense of achievement, and, most important appeals to my frugality. So, here is a bit about the equipment I use, and how some of it is made.
Click on the photos to follow the links..
back yard in suburban Southern California has a permanent pier and telescope
installed. The Roll-Off Shelter was low cost, easy to build, but very
effective and convenient.
|Lodestar-- RJ12 Adapter
This pdf describes the parts and procedures necessaty to replace the Stock Lodestar Cable with an adapter that allows use of a standard guiding cable.
Amateur Telescope Makers
This group, led by Steve Meyering, has been advancing mirror making and amateur astronomy for more than ten years, and has been recognized by the RTMC-Astronomy Expo both as a group, and in a series of individual Merit Awards.
|Parfocal Finder/Focusing Aid
...an inexpensive home-made way to speed up finding and focusing
...My solution to cabling problems.
|More to come.....
as I get photos of my other projects and equipment, I will add them here.