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#1 jessebear

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 01:00 PM

Sad news.. I hate to see another vendor close up shop. I hope all is well!
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Posted 01 December 2021 - 02:56 PM

So I don't (and won't) use Facebook.  Is there some other way to contact them or see what's going on?  I must admit I'm not familiar with them, but only recently started on my quest for a Dob, so maybe I can help them liquidate anything they have left. :-)


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Posted 01 December 2021 - 02:58 PM

Another one bites the dust ( stardust?? )

 

Rather sad. I had told a friend about the DobSTUFF "kits" - and suggested one as a way to 'improve' his poorly performing "commercial" 10-inch Dob ( which he bought used, knowing of the problems, but at a decent discount ). He has planned to get one of the DobSTUFF kits for two years now -- too late I guess.


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#4 George N

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 03:07 PM

So I don't (and won't) use Facebook.  Is there some other way to contact them or see what's going on?  I must admit I'm not familiar with them, but only recently started on my quest for a Dob, so maybe I can help them liquidate anything they have left. :-)

Noting on their website (yet) -- post on FB is only 2 hours old -- basically says that they are not taking orders as of 1/1/22 -- but will honor those placed in December 2021 (and before).

 

Best bet - check the website (http://www.dobstuff.com/) and call or e-mail the owner.

 

They do (did) have some cool parts -- and I have need of at least on 8-inch Dob structure for at least one of two 8" mirrors I have a-grinding (both F/6 or so). I might grab some spiders, secondary holders, alt bearings, etc.


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Posted 01 December 2021 - 03:12 PM

Perfect (well, the information, not that they're closing).  Thanks!


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Posted 01 December 2021 - 08:14 PM

Dennis posted on his Facebook page LINK that as of 1/1/2022 he is not taking any further orders for kits or new telescopes.  I totally understand that after 12 years Dennis needs to move on to other items but I will miss him.  It leaves a gap. I love and enjoy the two Dobstuff Telescopes I have and even with my own modifications they are my mainstay.  Good luck Dennis! 


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Posted 01 December 2021 - 09:09 PM

I just got a mirror cell from DobStuff a couple of weeks ago. Well thought out and made. 

 

All the best to Dennis in his future endeavers!

   Bill


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Posted 01 December 2021 - 09:48 PM

I'm sorry to hear that. Dennis is a good man and I wish him the best...


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Posted 01 December 2021 - 10:08 PM

Jay:

 

Thanks for the information. 

 

Dennis was in operation in 2006. I saw an Astromart ad, maybe his first, and I bought a kit from him for a 16 inch Meade Starfinder Dob. I "finished" it in early 2007.  It's been a long term project that's finally finished.. it's my most used scope.

 

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I wish Dennis the best. I believe he was retired when he started Dobstuff.
 
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Posted 02 December 2021 - 08:08 PM

Aw, that's a shame. I love my 16" Dobstuff. Thanks and good luck, Dennis!


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Posted 03 December 2021 - 12:22 AM

Dennis did excellent work rebuilding the base of my Orion XX14g.  Very sad to hear another reasonable telescope builder is retiring.  Sad, but best of luck to you, Dennis.


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Posted 03 December 2021 - 06:50 AM

Love my 12” Dobstuff. This was my first scope, and it is my favorite.

 

Dennis will be missed in the ATM field. But perhaps he will have more time to stand in a field with his own telescope.


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Posted 03 December 2021 - 07:06 AM

Perhaps someone could be persuaded to move into the niche that Dennis cornered in the ATM field. Mid priced DIY kits that make great scopes and  can hold whatever optics a person wants to put into the telescope (i.e., super premium or store bought optics). 


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Posted 03 December 2021 - 08:22 AM

Another one bites the dust ( stardust?? )

 

Rather sad. I had told a friend about the DobSTUFF "kits" - and suggested one as a way to 'improve' his poorly performing "commercial" 10-inch Dob ( which he bought used, knowing of the problems, but at a decent discount ). He has planned to get one of the DobSTUFF kits for two years now -- too late I guess.

Not too late, but they will need to move fast. Dennis will take new orders till the end of the year.



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Posted 03 December 2021 - 09:15 AM

My friend Kevin has a Dobstuff rebuild of his Meade 12.5" Dob.  Came out very nice.  

 

Only a handful of people left who are still doing what Dennis did.


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Posted 03 December 2021 - 08:38 PM

My friend Kevin has a Dobstuff rebuild of his Meade 12.5" Dob.  Came out very nice.  

 

Only a handful of people left who are still doing what Dennis did.

Just in case someone asks, who else is doing what Dennis did? 
 

Asked by a proud Dobstuff owner.



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 06:44 PM

Just in case someone asks, who else is doing what Dennis did? 
 

Asked by a proud Dobstuff owner.

Teeter is closing up shop. Obsession is only doing UCs now. NMT, StarStructure and AstroSystems are about it AFAIK


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Posted 04 December 2021 - 06:59 PM

Any thoughts about going into the Dob business yourself Zane?
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Posted 04 December 2021 - 07:16 PM

Any thoughts about going into the Dob business yourself Zane?

A bit off-topic, but in any case my scopes wouldn't pass the muster of someone paying thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. I'm also about to start working at the NSF and not have any shop space for at least a year. I would much rather keep spreading interest in ATM than at best run a very mediocre, very small volume custom Dob business that struggles to break even, sucks up my free time and creates a lot of unnecessary stress.

 

Guys like Dennis, Ryan Goodson and Rob Teeter aren't just dedicated, they're insanely good at what they do - Dennis from my understanding actually cuts all of those complex curved UTA and LTA parts by hand with a band saw and so forth, Ryan has managed to build scopes out of a huge variety of hardwoods which in of itself is a huge achievement if you know anything about the nature of hardwoods, and Rob has really perfected the standard Kriege-style Dob to the pinnacle of what can be made. I am a college student running on caffeine and plans that literally don't exist outside of my head, and my latest invention is building a rocker box out of bathroom wall materials. There isn't really a comparison. I have a huge amount of respect for anyone who starts a business making any sort of astronomy gear because we astronomers are extremely demanding customers and it is never going to make you a millionaire. 

 

In any case I actually think the current market is fine. There are enough used scopes and parts floating around that I don't see there being a shortage of high quality large reflectors anytime soon even if they stopped being made tomorrow. My concern is that there are not enough coating services and that certain components like focusers are becoming increasingly harder to obtain for reasonable prices. A lot of older scopes could really use a good dual-speed Crayford to bring up their performance but sadly there aren't a lot of options anymore.


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Posted 04 December 2021 - 07:25 PM

Need more slower Dobs.


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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:04 PM

My 8” f/4 Dobstuff . It produces a fine image at 45x and 267x . 

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:29 PM

Teeter is closing up shop. 

 

According to his website, he will still build scopes, just not custom scopes. In other words, he builds a scope, then it is listed for sale, what you buy is what he built.

 

 

Obsession is only doing UCs now. NMT, StarStructure and AstroSystems are about it AFAIK

 

You left out J. P. Astrocraft (John Pratte). And SpicaEyes (Tom Osypowski).


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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:44 PM

According to his website, he will still build scopes, just not custom scopes. In other words, he builds a scope, then it is listed for sale, what you buy is what he built.

 

 

 

 

 

You left out J. P. Astrocraft (John Pratte). And SpicaEyes (Tom Osypowski).

JP Astrocraft is at least temporarily not open and I confused SpicaEyes with StarStructure, my bad.



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:47 PM

There's always Europe, Australia and the rest of the world.. 

 

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:51 PM

Has StarStructure stopped making scopes? The website is still up and looks active.

OTOH, Webster still has a website but I haven't heard of anyone getting a Webster scope in years.


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