wanted to thank you for an outstanding mirror. I've been
planning for some time on getting a bigger scope for my
observatory here in Flagstaff AZ. My dream scope project
began with an extensive search on the internet reviewing the
major mirror makers and telescope designers. My
wife--financial adviser!! Said "Choose wisely, this is a
onetime buy"!! And that I did! I wisely called Steve Kennedy
and asked him if he could make me a BIG 32" mirror. My dream
was realized when some of my observing buddies and I took
the big scope out for an evening stroll--WOOOW!! The amount
of color and contrast blew us away!! Most of the people in
my local astronomy club have never viewed NGC or Messier
objects with a 32" mirror--simply amazing. Folks, let your
dream scope come true, Give Steve a call today--highest
more than most people, I’m concerned about eyepiece height,
and manageable size and weight of telescope subassemblies.
I am physically incapable of stepping up a small rise or
standing longer than a few minutes. The maximum eyepiece
height should be accessible when I’m standing on the ground.
Most telescope orientations must place the eyepiece where it
can be reached by me while sitting, which minimizes fatigue
and increases the length of my observing sessions.
At the time I
discussed ordering a mirror from Steve, the focal length and
thickness of his standard 24-inch f/3.3 mirrors were a
little greater than I wanted. It took little to convince him
to make my 24-inch a little thinner (and lighter). He even
made a new tool so he could reduce the focal length by two
inches. Although there is some risk to pushing the envelope,
I was encouraged by the outstanding views I have seen
through other fast mirrors Steve had made.
performs beyond my expectations. Seeing-permitting, when
outfitted with a Paracorr-II and well-corrected Nagler or
Ethos eyepieces, stars are sharp across the entire f.o.v.
The telescope has impressed many observers who can’t believe
it uses a thin, f/3.3 mirror. I would have been unable to
fulfill my dream of owning a large aperture telescope
without Steve’s contribution. To see the completed
telescope, take a look at Gary Seronik’s “Telescope
Workshop” column in the
February 2013 issue of Sky
Steve - Just got in from
another great night of observing using your 30"
f/3.3 mirror. Your mirror is mounted in our Spica
Eyes aluminum Slip Stream telescope in our
observatory located five minutes from the Texas star
Party site. My wife Kathie and I have owned and
enjoyed this mirror/scope combination for about two
years, and can't say enough about the mirror's
performance with a crisp snap focus and color and
contrast providing gorgeous views under our
incredible dark West Texas skies. We have had the
scope cranked up to 1300 power many times with great
performance from your mirror. The mirror gets used
on average five full nights per new moon, with about
half visual and half Mallincam imaging. Our
subdivision is populated with many serious amateur
astronomers, with a total of five large dobs of 22"
or larger. Of those five large dob owners, three of
them use your mirrors of 28", 30" (our mirror) and
32" sizes. In addition to the use of our own 30"
mirror, I have had the pleasure of observing with
the 28" and 32" mirrors, and enjoyed superlative
views from all of them. I also want to thank you
for your endless patience on the phone, answering
all our questions when we first acquired the 30"
mirror/scope. We have had many friends from out of
state come observe with us using your 30" mirror,
all resulting in a consistent "wow! factor"
response. Thanks for a great mirror.
Jerry Morris, Texas
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