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Charlie's first telescope

Started by brucesdad13, 06/02/2016 05:54PM
Posted 06/02/2016 05:54PM Opening Post
I posted this on CN but also wanted to share that I finally finished my first mirror. Came out to f/5.7 (8") and looked pretty decent to me. Thinking of shipping the mirror off this week to get coated... haven't heard back from OWL. What's the quickest turnaround? SpectruM? Magestic?

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~ Charlie Stevenson

8" f/5.7 String Telescope - 1st Scope Build; 2nd Place Stellafane 2016 Optical Award for Newtonians 12.5" and Smaller
10" f/4.5 Newtonian (June 2015) mirror refigured by Optic Wave Labs P-V WaveFront 1/14.24, Strehl Ratio 0.993 (Aug '15)
Criterion RV-6 seems to be circa 1973 (June 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron C8-A XLT (January 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron PowerSeeker 70AZ (Christmas 2014)
Aldrich Astronomical Society member since 2015
http://astro.charleskelleystevenson.com/
Posted 06/02/2016 06:20PM #1
Charles Stevenson said:

I posted this on CN but also wanted to share that I finally finished my first mirror. Came out to f/5.7 (8") and looked pretty decent to me. Thinking of shipping the mirror off this week to get coated... haven't heard back from OWL. What's the quickest turnaround? SpectruM? Magestic?

Based on reputation alone I will say Magestic (regarding turn around time)

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8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Statham GA
Posted 08/08/2016 06:12PM | Edited 08/08/2016 06:14PM #2
Thanks for posting. Reminded me of my heydays at Stellafane back in the late 70's, early 80's. I was most honored to win a first place in mechanical excellence one year and a first in optical 2 years later. Two different scopes.
I imagine the place has changed a lot, although your pics pretty much show the field I remember. Thanks again!!
Great looking scope btw! A true Stellafane entry with the artwork/craftmanship!!
Walt