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azure1961p
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Top Opticians in the US for reflectors
      #5683979 - 02/16/13 06:05 PM

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


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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5684048 - 02/16/13 06:47 PM

Hi Pete,

Maurizio Di Sciullo used to sell his scopes under the name of Excelsior Optics. These were designed as specialist long focus tubed planetary newtonians, either F6 of F8. To my knowledge Maurizio hasn't produced a scope or mirror in about 10 years, due partly I believe to poor health. If you can find one second hand they are outstanding. Similalrly Peter Ceravolo hasn't built an amateur scope in about the same time period, concentrating on scientific and Government type work over the past 10 years. If you can find one of his second hand they are outstanding.

The other 3 all have excellent reputations. Along with Mark Suchting in Australia these are the only people I would consider buying my next mirror from, if I ever have a need to buy one. I have eliminated OMI on the basis that they only work with 2" thick glass substrate, which doesn't suit me or my scope design parameters. In the future moving forward I will only ever order a mirror made from minimum thickness substrate in the interests of fast cooling. In smaller slower apertures I would also consider people like Gordon Waite, Alan Raycraft, Dick Wessling and a few others.

Cheers,


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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: ausastronomer]
      #5684139 - 02/16/13 07:50 PM

Steve Swayze makes fine mirrors.

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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: Markovich]
      #5684190 - 02/16/13 08:31 PM

Quote:

Steve Swayze makes fine mirrors.




say it three times, swayze swayze swayze....


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azure1961p
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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5684310 - 02/16/13 09:45 PM

Thanks guys. I'm sorry to hear about Maurizo having health issues. Gosh I remember his posts in 96' on the AOL Observers Outpost where he'd post these stunning photos of Jupiter made with a ten inch of his crafting. Outstanding. I recall Ceravolo going commercial/govt but I hoped he might still have done work for the amateur. The others I've heard of - Swayzee to be sure.

Thanks for the input.

Pete


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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5684330 - 02/16/13 10:00 PM

Ed Jones is one of the best that I know. He worked with Dick Wessling for many years.

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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: jgraham]
      #5684374 - 02/16/13 10:47 PM

Terry Ostahowski seems to be very well regarded, but I don't know if he can match Carl Z et al.

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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5684449 - 02/16/13 11:42 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Steve Swayze makes fine mirrors.




say it three times, swayze swayze swayze....




Yep, as in my 22" Telekit.

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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5684459 - 02/16/13 11:51 PM

Waite; Stevens; and I think there's a Kennedy out there as well(?)

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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




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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: zawijava]
      #5684475 - 02/17/13 12:11 AM

Don't forget John Hall. Pegasus Optics.
John will still do a nice 12" to 25" size range mirror for ya.


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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: aatt]
      #5684493 - 02/17/13 12:26 AM

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Terry Ostahowski seems to be very well regarded, but I don't know if he can match Carl Z et al.



Why do you think he can't?


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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: Calypte]
      #5684502 - 02/17/13 12:37 AM

Ceravolo hasn't gone completely over to industrial optics. He makes a 12" field-corrected Cassegrain, of the Dall-Kirkham flavor.

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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5684608 - 02/17/13 03:47 AM

Terry is certainly one of the top in US

Mirrors of Z was tested by a lab pro in France, result: good optics but not very exceptional

Mirro Sphère in France makes better mirrors, but more expensively...


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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: jpb30]
      #5684638 - 02/17/13 04:58 AM

Do you have a link?

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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: Sgt]
      #5684668 - 02/17/13 05:54 AM

I've heard good things about Normand Fullum but I don't own one of his mirrors. I'm considering him for a refigure.

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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: nirvanix]
      #5684752 - 02/17/13 08:35 AM

I've spent some time with a couple of Norm Fullum's scopes at Stellafane, and the views were outstanding!

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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: dpwoos]
      #5684977 - 02/17/13 11:09 AM

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I've spent some time with a couple of Norm Fullum's scopes at Stellafane, and the views were outstanding!




Thanks for letting me know dpwoos, that gives me some confidence to use him. He seems like a very enthusiastic craftsman to say the least!


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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: nirvanix]
      #5684995 - 02/17/13 11:21 AM

Norm is highly recommended!

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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: steelhead]
      #5685058 - 02/17/13 11:57 AM

Zambuto test:
http://www.astro-foren.de/showthread.php?9233-Carl-Zambuto-Newton
http://www.astromart.com/forums/viewpost.asp?forum_post_id=170264
And you can find literally hundreds of posts and threads extolling the virtues of the star images using a mirror from Carl Zambuto.

There have been many threads here on CN asking about premium mirror makers and there are probably 20-30 of them, many of whom haven't been mentioned here (e.g.OMI, Galaxy, Nova, Mark Harry, etc.) but whose names will probably be brought up soon.

Just remember, we do not pay for "the best optics money can buy", we buy "the best optics money can buy for a reasonable price".


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Re: Top Opticians in the US for reflectors new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5685070 - 02/17/13 12:01 PM

Paul Jones at Star Instruments.

dan k.


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