Michael A. Phillips

Click here to edit subtitle

Akule Construction

view:  full / summary

Painting the tube's interior

Posted by maphilli14 on July 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The interior was already primed by Joe but I decided to take it one shade darker and fuller using Krylon® 4290 Camouflage Paint with Fusion Technology.

Final assembly:

Masked the exterior with some ...

Read Full Post »

Akule New Skin

Posted by maphilli14 on July 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Big thanks to Joe Nastasi at Parallax Instruments, Inc. for the custom tube.

Let's bring these together Joe!

Joe helped turn my sonotube mockup into reality.

  • 100% unpainted exterior
  • Aluminium 0.080" thick
  • 58.5" Leng...
Read Full Post »

Akule First Light

Posted by maphilli14 on July 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Excitedly I got 1st light on January 30th, 2011!

I didn't realize how high the focuser and eyepiece would be so I had to whip out the ladder especially for the wife who got to share my 1st views of.  Rigel, M42, M1 and M45!

On the ladder


Read Full Post »

Ready for use!

Posted by maphilli14 on July 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Going back to finish off the construction blog.  On January 24, 2011, I finally got everything assembled and nearly ready for 1st light.  I wanted to try and focus on a star before mounting it with the bungie cords.  Strange as it sounds, Polaris is quite visible through the skylights in my family room if you stand in the dining room entrance.  If you know your astronomy, Polaris doesn't rotate much as it is <1° from the celestial pole.  I knew ...

Read Full Post »

Replacement PSU for cooling

Posted by maphilli14 on December 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)
You may want to review the cooling system if you haven't seen it already: http://maphilli14.webs.com/apps/blog/show/21342955-akule-s-cooling

By the way, this PSU is MUCH quieter and has lots of head room to grow to bigger fans and or peltiers!

So if you didn't know my old cooling power supply died and instead of buy another one, I repurposed an old server power supply from work.  Most all of these HP/Compaq DL380-G5 power supplie...
Read Full Post »

Akule's Cooling

Posted by maphilli14 on June 19, 2011 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Akule Sonotube Tubework v1

Posted by maphilli14 on January 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This tube was 12ft long and I got the folks at Form Tech Concrete Forms, Inc. in Raleigh to cut it in two before I took it home.  Perhaps I can sell the other half to a local person?

I did some trial work on one of the 6ft (~72in) sections.  Only needing ~50-60in, I used the over hang to test drill and cut some.  Here you can see the focuser base drilled into a test spot:


Read Full Post »

Time to glue the primary

Posted by maphilli14 on January 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Whole album here

Lots of 100% silicone adhesive per Carl Zambuto's recommendation!

Read Full Post »

Custom mirror cell adapter ring

Posted by maphilli14 on January 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (1)

I had a strange predicament with the mirror cell inside a tube.  I followed some of the ideas that Anthony Wesley had used on his collimation setup and he deserves much credit for the base design.  I needed major help in making the adapter ring for the temporary, test sonotube.  Emerson Sox lended his hand and we came up with a bang up, awesome idea!

Read Full Post »

Akule Secondary Gluing

Posted by maphilli14 on January 25, 2011 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Just a quick link to the gallery for now.  Basically I measured the center of the mirror and holder and stuck on some 100% silicone adhesive.

Post questions in the comments!


Read Full Post »