AS of NSW
AS of Hunter Valley
Fact: I like reflectors and big ones. All the refractors I own are either finderscopes, binoculars, or riflescopes.
18"/F4.5 Obsession #1333 fully optioned (OMI Optics)
14"/F4.5 SDM #33 fully optioned (Zambuto Optics)
10"/F5.3 SDM #50 fully optioned (Suchting Optics)
Pentax XW's, T4 & T5 Naglers , UO HD orthos, 6mm Delos, 8mm Radian, 8.5mm Pentax XF, 13mm Ethos. 12mm Celestron Illum Astrometric eyepiece. Rainbow Optics Spectroscopic Eyepiece Set. Orion Optics UK 250 lpi Ronchi grating eyepiece. 2" Astronomiks UHC, OIII & H-Beta filters, 2" DGM Optics NPB filter. 2" Variable Polariser. 2" Hoya colour filters.
Leupold 10x42 & Pentax 16x60 binos.
Quote:Steve Swayze makes fine mirrors.
-DannyMy warehouseMy Channel
Quote:Quote:Steve Swayze makes fine mirrors. say it three times, swayze swayze swayze....
Astronomer for the People. "Taking Chaos out of the Cosmos" "There's an amazing universe all around us...EXPLORE IT!!!" So many galaxies, so little time!
Quote:Everyone mentions Zambuto, Lockwood, royce and maurizio di sciullo for reflectors but no other names seem to surface. Another is out there - Peter Ceravolo in Canada comes to mind but little else . Anyone have any other names or comments?Pete
AP 130 GT 8" EDGE HD AVX on AP Wood Tripod Canon T2i Olde Crow Observatory
Ed "You have to grow old, you don't have to grow up."
Quote:Terry Ostahowski seems to be very well regarded, but I don't know if he can match Carl Z et al.
Calypte Anza, California
Scopes: 10" dob, 13" dob, 4" refractor
"Only gold is money, and nothing else. " - John Pierpont Morgan
Quote:I've spent some time with a couple of Norm Fullum's scopes at Stellafane, and the views were outstanding!
Neil 8" custom newt, Normand Fullum primary, Antares NY secondary, Protostar, Moonlite. Vixen ED 80Sf EQ6 Eqmod Canon 350D Modified QHYL-II color BYEOS Moose Poo Observatory
Celestron 8SE Dobstuff 13.1": Swayze refigured Coulter mirror, 6 pt mirror cell (2 pt edge support) and CF focuser board made by me StarBlast 4.5 ST80/PortaMount II Zhumell 20x80/Oberwerk 15x70 on a Seronik-style tripod boom mount Hubble Optics 18 inch F/4 mirror.
Quote:No one has been making mirrors longer than Dan Joyce of Chicago. He will e ven take on students and let them make mirrors under his instruction.
Jeff Morgan - Wile E. Coyote School of Telescope Making
StarStructure 24" f/3.3 Kennedy | ServoCAT/Argo Navis Astro-Physics 175EDF | AP1100GTO | ATS Portable Pier Psalm 19.1 - A Psalm of David. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork".
Quote:I'd be curious to know what happened to George Clements - the PARKS OPTICAL optician at least circa 1990s. Got two essentially perfect mirrors from him. Never hear of him however.Pete
Quote:Paul Jones at Star Instruments.dan k.
Quote:What makes him so amazing is he has automated the figuring process by machine and can do it repeatedly and perfectly in a relatively short time.
Quote: ...and John Hall of Pegasus produced several bad ones
"I have been paddling in the shallows of a great ocean of knowledge." - Sir Isaac Newton * * 15" F4.55 Starsplitter Dob & a Denk II binoviewer * * http://peaceofsky.wordpress.com/ Pacheco State Park Fremont Peak
Quote: These discussions of this mirror maker & that can sometimes turn ugly, and frequently sad stories get trotted out and re-aired. My concern here is that an event from five years ago, or ten years ago, etc. seems to NEVER be forgotten- the maker of a poor, or even less-good mirror seems to be forever haunted- even tho perhaps they have made dozens & dozens of perfectly fine optics, before, and since.
Quote:Yep, reputations take years to earn and minutes to lose. In the case of the master optician, it's easy to imagine that every so often they could turn out a Dog.What's unfathomable is that a small operation (often a one-man shop) could let such a Dog get out the door.A moment of bad judgement and time/money pressures perhaps.
Mike Lockwood - Owner, Lockwood Custom Optics. 20" F/3 MX Starmaster, 14.5" F/2.55 self-built Newt., nine self-built scopes, 4.25" to 30" http://www.Loptics.com/
Quote: A moment of bad judgement and time/money pressures perhaps.