New Scope from Dennis Steele, AKA Dobstuff
Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:57 PM
But, Dennis sent me pictures, which was pretty darn nice since I did not ask him, he just sent them!
This is my first "real" scope since High School where I had access to a 70s C8 that belonged to a family friend. I was allowed to use it while he was oversees and I "Scope sat" it for him. He and his two sons had been trained to use it since we could reach the eyepieces and he left it with my family, fearing his ex-wife would sell it...
(I found out later he put the GOOD eyepieces in his safety deposit boxes, I had the ones that came with it)
I have drooled over a Tele-Kit for at least 15 years, but getting married, buying a house, having a kid... you know, life, got in the way.
A recent bit of good fortune and I had the means to get the scope I have always wanted, or at least close to it. While a Tele-Kit was out of budget, I had enough of an idea of what I wanted to research a suitable compromise.
Dennis talked with me for a long time, asking me lots of questions and giving options where to spend my dollars for the best value. I felt very comfortable ordering from him and I cannot wait for it to be ready for first light. (Dennis kindly offered to show me around the scope in person if I came to pick it up, which I am definitely going to do!0
The new scope it is based around a recoated set of 13.1 Coultier mirrors with the Discovery curved vanes. He is mounting a SkyCommander for me and making it a "Easy Transport" version that will break down into smaller sections.
Pictures of the 9 point mount and the mirror box:
An example of what the finished scope will look like, with minor accessory differences:
Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:33 AM
Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:23 AM
Dennis offers wonderful scopes that allow those of us on a somewhat lesser budget to afford a premium quality structure, along with a choice of optics and other accessories. You really do feel that you're getting your money's worth working with him as the scope is getting built.
Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:13 AM
If it makes you feel any better, your scope is much much lighter in weight than the Telekit you lusted after. Telekits, though very sturdy, are very heavy for their aperture. Your mirror is likely to cool faster as well because of the good ventilation and reduced mass surrounding it. I would recommend painting the wood behind the primary mirror flat black. It could improve contrast for you.
Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:53 PM
Besides, the savings will let me invest more in the eyepieces.
Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:56 PM
Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:37 AM