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astrolunartick

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About astrolunartick

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    Astonomy hahaha Obviously
    Building Telescopes
    Music (performing and jamming)
    Building Musical Instruments
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  1. Well Ive managed to get the scope finished with the carving inscription that my friend asked me to do. I applied 3 coats of yacht varnish. Yacht varnish isn't the nicest finish to apply but it is perfect for the conditions the scope will be under. The first proper collimation went very well. The secondary mirror only needed adjusting away from the spider a little to bring it to the centre of the light path. Its very satisfying when you look in the focuser and see your eye looking back perfectly framed and centred by both mirrors, with the primary centre donut decal bang on your pupil. then put a laser collimator in and its dead centre with no adjustments. I must be doing something right. I took the scope home last night and set it up outside. I only had a little time to test it out. It wasn't dark but i could see Jupiter and Saturn so those were the targets. I started with Saturn. Saturn and Jupiter were nice and sharp with the 23mm eyepiece considering the planets low locations in the sky. I could make out the Cassini Division and Jupiters belts with one of Jupiters moons just on the edge of the planet. With the 10mm eyepiece both planets were twice the size than when i was using the 23mm eyepiece. The view was a little blurred but that was dew to the altitude of the planets from the horizon. If i get the chance i will test again tonight with darker skies and on some deep sky objects. i want to see the moon through it but that mean being awake at 4 - 5am tomorrow and i have work. So heres some photos of the scope out in my gazing spot.
  2. Today Im very chuffed with myself. Finally got the design down for the wooden red dot finder. This was a very tricky thing to make. Ive made several attempts at this before and I think Ive finally got it sorted. The adjustments work perfectly. Ive used a 3v Red LED with a small piece of fibre optic attached on the end, all wrapped in some small heat shrink and powered by a 2032 3v battery. The same as what is powering the collimator my friend will be using. Ive also been trying to make a wooden focuser, but with my deadline approaching Ive not got the time to iron out the issues with that. Just need to do the letter quote carving on the scope some where. then its strip the whole thing down, sand and varnish then its final assemble and proper first light test. I had a quick look at Jupiter the other night through it and thankful the view was sharp and the eyepieces came to focus with the focuser half way in. so Im happy.
  3. Hey Dr_Ju_Ju The final weight is 13kg. the tube comes of the base, thats half the weight.
  4. Thank you for your kind words fellow stargazers.
  5. Hello again folks Ive had this design idea in my head for about 5 years as a nice looking solid hardwood telescope that would be a pleasure to use sat on a stall and will sit nicely in a room or conservatory rather than a plain metal tube. Sometime has past and I had to put the project on hold. Now Ive had a friend ask me to make him one so its been a push to get it finished. My friend has requested a carving of a quote that means something to them somewhere on the telescope. So that should be fun. This scope is nice sturdy design with segmented tube made from beech and mahogany. The rocker box made from birch plywood and mahogany, with a eyepiece and accessories compartment in the rocker box. I have an intention to make a build video of this design uploaded to my youtube channel for all to see. Videoing the process slow the construction down a bit and i have a deadline for this so a build video will have to wait for when i make another one. But for now i will upload Photos of the finished scope in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for reading AstroPete
  6. Hello folks. I was wondering if anyone can help. Ive been taking my Telescopes to musical gatherings and small festivals for about 10 years now and im wanting to reach out a little further. So i thought it best I get Public liability insurance. I have heard of the federation of Astronomical Societies, and i believe they only insure Astronomy clubs. can anyone point me in the right direction. Many thanks pete
  7. Fantastic Video Gav. Thanks for sharing
  8. I thought I had a spare I was going to offer sending to you. I just went to my scope spares box to check if still have it. To find its broken just as yours is. So maybe its a week joint, Poorly designed. I like the Red dot finder but the quality isn't great. I had the potentiometer knob brake off on my previous Sky surfer. I have a Telrad on my 20 inch Dob. I can not fault Telrads. Sorry I cant help. Pete
  9. Cool Idea. I have a broken Skysurfer. I like it.
  10. Thank you Damian and thanks for subscribing. Whats your youtube profile name? Pete
  11. Finally finished the scope and delivered it to the my friend. all went smoothly. we found a campsite in the middle of Kent. The owner kindly let us set up our scopes but sadly we only had about 10 minutes of clear sky. But my friend Nathan was over the moon at the views he had of the moon. This project was very enjoyable and i have plans for other scopes and have people interested in scopes for them selves so i may be rather busy this summer. The video is rather long at 40 minutes and speedy as i had to speed the footage up so i could fit as much of the 60 hour build in to the video. I did on a few occasions forget to hit record on my phone. so i missed a small bit of the build. but most of it is there. At the end there is set up and first light test. so stick with it if you can. Hope you enjoy the video.
  12. Hi Jon. just so you know ive just dropped the price to £175. They sell brand new for just over £300. Pete
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