StarStructure LE Telescope
Series Telescopes Platforms, sizes 22" through 32" come with the
All aluminum structure with removable 18
point Plop designed mirror cell. 27 point for 30" and up.
Starstructure precision installed Servocat deluxe goto tracking system
with wired hand pad (all sizes)
Sky Commander XP4 DSC with10,000 tic US Digital Encoders for both axis
and Servocat surge protectors (all sizes)
Starstructure Precision secondary holder and spider (off-set on
secondary available upon request)
Feathertouch focuser and Telrad finder (a Telrad riser is installed as
Dew Buster dew controller mounted to UTA and fully wired to rocker box
Astrosystems secondary dew heater installed and wired on spider vane to
dew controller (all sizes)
Multi position UTA (all sizes / allows UTA to move 2" closer to primary
mirror in 1/2" increments
Fully wired DSC podium (all sizes / has encoder connections and 12v
supply to Argo and dew system)
Integrated wheels and handle system with pull down winch (when UTA can
not be installed without ladder)
Mirror Box cover and custom fitted light shroud (all sizes)
Telescopes are fully tested for mechanical operation (all sizes)
Focal length range: F3 to F4
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Tom Osypowski Equatorial Platforms
Equatorial Platforms is collaborating with Kennedy Optics in the
manufacture of large, low profile All-Aluminum Telescopes with a choice
1) the SpicaEyes Telescope System with integrated Aluminum Platform and
2) the SpicaEyes Telescope System with our new SlipStream Drive.
from Tom Osypowski
Platform Drive Telescopes
on an Integrated Aluminum Equatorial Platform
is a complete telescope system. Find an object fast with the Digital
Setting Circles, then keep it centered with the tracking of the
Platform. Use high powers to enhance the view. Grab the scope anytime to
move around and explore a new area - there are no clutches to disengage.
The optional Dual-Axis Platform provides the controls for astro-imaging
and auto-guiding. There's no field rotation to worry about.
Rocker- and mirror-box are welded, box aluminum structures (light in
weight, yet extremely rigid).
18- and 27-point mirror cells with fans, switches, and battery
installed. 4-point floating edge support for stable mirror
placement; no sideways shift.
Upper cage rings are manufactured from a high-tech aluminum/plastic
composite - lightweight, thermally stable, and very flat.
All aluminum components are powder coated or hard black anodized.
Stainless steel fasteners are used throughout.
Primary mirrors are of highest quality. Each one is rigorously
star-tested before shipping as a final check on its figure.
Starlight Feathertouch focuser
is standard equipment.
DSCs are standard (Argo Navis DSCs available as an option).
Telescope comes complete with an integrated
Aluminum Equatorial Platform
in the Compact format. (Upgrading to a Dual-Axis Platform is an
full shroud is included
Tight fitting front and back covers for the mirror box provide
excellent protection for the mirror during transport and storage.
Also, nylon screws can be tightened against the edge of the mirror
to prevent any sideways shifting of the glass during transport.
Large - Aperture Aluminum Telescope System with SlipStream GoTo Drive
These new SpicaEyes
Telescopes combine solid All-Aluminum construction with a new GoTo drive
system that integrates a Slip Clutch on both axes for full-time manual
and motorized slew control.
You can find objects
fast by using the included Argo Navis computer. The telescope will
automatically slew, or you can move it by hand. Once you find your
target, the telescope will track it for you, keeping it centered in the
field of view. The integrated SlipStream clutches allow you to
move the scope at any time by hand or with the motorized slew control,
with no levers to disengage.
Shown to the left and
below is a 28" f3.66 SpicaEyes SlipStream Telescope. The oversized
altitude bearings sit on 1"diameter stainless steel shafts rotating in
pillow block ball bearings. Both axes are driven by Servo motors through
a stand-alone computer mounted to the telescope. The adjustable slip
clutches are fully enclosed and protected in a metal housing.
Thumbscrews allow one to adjust the drag of the clutches as needed.
A wireless hand
control gives three-speed slew control on both axes. The fast slew will
spin the scope completely around in less than a minute, useful for going
across large stretches of the sky. The medium slew will nicely center
objects in the field of view at low and medium powers, and the slow slew
will do the same at high power. All three slew speeds can be
individually calibrated to the user's requirements
construction using stiff rectangular tubing and solid plate or bar
as needed. All metal surfaces are powder- coating or anodized for
long-lasting durability and beauty.
18-point welded steel mirror
cells with fans, switches, and battery installed. 4-point
floating mirror edge support. Nylon locking bolts prevent mirror
shift during transport.
Primary mirrors of
the highest quality. The 22" to 32" mirrors are from Kennedy Optics.
The short f/ratios
of these exquisite optics make for a low-profile design with no
compromise in image quality.
GoTo Slew and Track system, with built-in slip clutches that allow
manual movement of the scope at any time. All of the drive
components have been designed and manufactured by
computer and hi-res encoders are included, as well as a convenient
stand for the AN computer.
focuser is standard.
shroud is fitted to the truss poles.
front and back covers for the mirror box provide excellent
protection for the mirror during transport and storage.
and wheels are provided for easy transport of rocker/mirror box
A rotating upper
cage is available as an option.
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inch custom built Obsession style Dobsonians
virtual home of SDM Telescopes, where size does
matter and the Dobsonian Revolution lives on in Australia. SDM
telescopes are craftsman built by Peter Read in the tried and tested
style of Obsession Telescopes to provide the ultimate large aperture
experience. Tailored individually to each customer, SDM Telescopes are
configured uniquely to suit the southern hemisphere and its harsh
comes complete with:
Your choice of mirror from the worlds best opticians
• Enhanced coatings
• All marine ply construction
• All stainless steel hardware
• 6 coats of 2 pack polyurethane
• 18 point mirror cell on 12” - 25” scopes
• 27 point mirror cell on 28” - 32" scopes
• Super stiff focuser board
• Feathertouch focuser
• Mirror fan
• Laminar fan
• Metal side bearings
• Ebony Star on Teflon bearing surfaces
• Quick action 1 person set up
• Dew heaters
• Ripstop nylon light shroud
• Argo Navis
• 10K Encoders
• Wired stalk and shelf
• Split system stainless wheelie handles
• Heavy duty carry cases for secondary cage and poles
• Heavy duty stalk and accessory case
SDM Scopes can
be customised at no extra cost to suit your needs, and I can
uniquely offer local Australian product support to keep your SDM
creation working perfectly.
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has always had one goal in mind, BIG, PORTABLE DOBSONIAN
TELESCOPES! While other manufactures were removing the large
telescopes from their product lines, we were adding even larger ones
to ours. The big Dobsonians are our forte.
But, just making the largest telescopes is not enough of a
goal for us. Making Ultra-premium telescopes, unmatched by
any commercial scope manufacturer, now that's a goal worthy
of the Webster family name. Now in our 4th generation of
woodworkers, Webster Telescopes really can claim to combine
Old World craftsmanship with today's Computer Aided Design.
Having a giant telescope would only be half the fun if you
could not take it with you. Our telescopes were designed
right from the start to break down into an easily
transportable unit. Our users report that they can set up a
Webster Telescope in 10 minutes, all by themselves. You
will be aligned and viewing while the other guys are still
leveling their tripods.
Our new "C" series of truss telescopes exclusively feature
Kennedy Optics telescope mirrors. These "fast" mirrors have
taken the astronomy world by storm, especially for those who
have an obsession for textbook Star Tests.
Bessette and his Webster Telescope 22" f/3.6
with Kennedy - Optics Mirror
|Kevin Beebe with his
C28 on his Dob Deck.
Look at that view...
with Kennedy-Optics Mirror