I have been away for a very long time. I have not had time at the eyepiece all through the pandemic, and even before, it's been very sparse because of life in general.
That said, I happened to visit today after many months, and found this thread by chance.
I own a Moonraker. Mark Turner, who is the every-loving crazy inventor, is the creator of Moonraker scopes, and is a funny guy, all around gentleman, and good "human bean."
Here's a pic of the 6" scope he created for me:
The design and build process was wonderful, sometimes feverish, sometimes I didn't hear from him for a couple of weeks, and it took months of calls and emails between the UK (where he is) and NYC (where I am). It was a compulsion and dream of mine, and I like "bespoke" things. Mark took my sketches, made them better. He walked me through ideas, and took some of mine and made them more doable. Some things which we were excited about, did not work out, because it was just not doable in the end. Price was not always a factor, but I wanted to keep it under a certain amount, I had gotten some $$ from an accident and was using that money.
In the end, I love my scope. BUT, be aware that this is built like a tank. My scope is about 5 feet long with the dew shield in place, and weighs 35 pounds. It is difficult for me to lift up on the mount without some help, because I'm a smaller frame, and the older I get the worse my wrists get.
This is currently not seeing a lot of use, but I am holding on to it for my next dream which would be to move to the Southwest US and have a house and observatory after the kids grow up and I retire, or at least am able to leave NYC.
Edited by Krish Mandal, 02 February 2021 - 03:25 PM.