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Deven Matlick - Philippi, WV

The telescope central cage is made of welded extruded aluminum square stock. with aluminum tubular struts. 

 

 

Deven made this superb 12" f/8 telescope during 2004 and 2005 and had it ready for the Star Quest star party in July 2005. The design was loosely based on one I had published on this web site but with changes, added features and excellent (superior) execution. 
   

The rotating top was made of cardboard builders tube coated with many coats of polyester resin and finally coated with metallic paint.

The secondary utilizes a semi-circular curved vane spider.

 

 

Mirror cell allows for maximum exposure of the optical surface as well as the back to air, contributing to rapid thermal equalization

  

 

Front view.

 

 

The telescope weighs about 50 lbs and is mounted on an Orion Atlas mount. Note the open back cell design.