Michael A. Phillips

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Focuser placement decisions

Posted by maphilli14 on January 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM Comments comments (2)


checking NEWT often and looking at finding balance between photography and visual, I stumbled across this:





So I arrived at 2 values in my calculations for visual and photography, I split the difference in the focuser placement.  Since it's a sonotube with a backup half untouched, I feel comfortable making some more cuts!  :)



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Primary Day

Posted by maphilli14 on January 13, 2011 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (3)

No, no the political term.  Every reflecting telescope has a two mirrors.  The larger is called the primary and is one of if not the most major parts.

Carl Zambuto called me in late November and notified me the mirror was done and ready for coating, time to pay the remaineder!


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Curved Vane Spider

Posted by maphilli14 on January 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1)

FPI-Protostar didn't come through for me, so I picked up a great looking Curved Vane spider from Scope Stuff, who OEM's the 800Destiny holders


"Top" view - note there are 4 thumb screws, the 3x collimation ones and 1 tensioning one:
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Mirror Cell

Posted by maphilli14 on January 12, 2011 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

This is the mirror cell, which will hold the primary mirror in place.  I need to design an method to mount it into the tube.  Initially I will use a piece of plywood to mount into the sonotube, but ultimately the adapting plate will be made by the aluminum tube manufacturer, TSI.


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Design Sketches

Posted by maphilli14 on September 8, 2010 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (2)


Posted by maphilli14 on August 14, 2010 at 11:28 PM Comments comments (1)

Drum roll please..............

Akule - Origin and Meaning of the name @ Baby Names Pedia
Akule - Origin and Meaning of the name


Here's why:...

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Rings & Sonotube

Posted by maphilli14 on August 14, 2010 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The sonotube came from a company in Raleigh, Form Tech Concrete.  I ordered a sonotube but received a E-Z Pour.  The diameter of the tube is such that it won't fit in the awesome rings I got from Ken Dauzat, so not quite Peanut Butter and Jelly yet.

Not the full weight, only about 23.5 lbs total for the rings and empty tube. The rings ar...

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Slow rolling back log -- Focuser Arrives!

Posted by maphilli14 on August 14, 2010 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't wait to use this piece, it's a real work of art!

Whole album here

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Posted by maphilli14 on June 28, 2010 at 9:26 AM Comments comments (5)

Every good technical mistress has to have a name.  For many years all my computers have names, thank goodness as it gets confusing which black, IBM/Lenovo is which sometimes!  ;)  The Computer names have always been star constellations and I don't know that any have ever gotten repeated in the 15 years I've been doing it.

That naming doesn't work ...

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My First Part Arrived this week!

Posted by maphilli14 on June 24, 2010 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (3)

Oh the joy, my 1st component arrived today!

Ok, who know's how to read these?
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