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Old 31-10-2006, 11:19 PM
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Review: D&G 6" f/15 Achromat Lens

Hi all

Andy Jackson has kindly written a review on the D&G 6" f/15 Achromat Lens. You can read the review on the IceInSpace Reviews page, or directly by clicking on the link below:

D&G 6" f/15 Achromat Lens

Thanks to Andy for submitting the review!

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Old 01-11-2006, 12:37 AM
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:51 AM
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Hi Andy

What a beautiful telescope! The design and finish look fantastic congratulations on constructing this unusual instrument. Great write up too.

Will the use of good quality marine ply, with its alternating cross grain structure, minimize any warping or shrinkage of the wood that may affect optical collimation?

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Old 01-11-2006, 09:12 AM
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Beautiful job Andy. I can tell by the way you write you have a passion for your hobby. Congratulations on a fantastic job well done

How do you find the Synta/WO replacement focuser? I'm in the process of replacing my Orion one with the 10:1 WO one.
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Old 01-11-2006, 10:21 AM
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What a lovely looking telescope - very impressive craftsmanship. I was wondering if you could post some information about the mount (you appear to have also made)?

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Old 01-11-2006, 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the positive feedback. I will try to answer your questions.

Dennis
Marine plywood has much greater dimensional stability than straight timber of the same given dimensions. Look for British Standard BS1088 or Australian Standard AS2272. These standards will ensure there are no internal voids in the plywood and the adhesive used is water resistant. All exposed surfaces should be sealed with paint or varnish to minimise moisture absorption.

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The WO synta focuser is great and I recommend it totally. When I got mine it was only available in single speed. WO have since released a 2 speed upgrade kit but I don't think it is needed on a long focal ratio. Fine focus becomes more critical with shorter focal ratios. The focuser is rotatable and adjustable for feel and the quick release finder bracket works well.

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The mount is machined out solid of brass stock to 130mm OD. The altitude shaft is about 30mm stainless steel. I had access to a metal lathe and bench drill that could handle a 30mm bit. A qualified machinist would cringe at my methods but I achieved my goal of smooth motions and no slop. Like the rest of the telescope it is not perfect but is an acceptable compromise and a work in progress!

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Old 01-11-2006, 01:07 PM
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None of the images load when I go to the review!
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Wow that looks fantastic! Would like to see some bigger photos.
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Andy, Great review and even greater scope. My passion since 1970 has always been refractors and still is, even though I went over to the reflective side earlier this year for the aperture of course. I still pull out the Unitron 4" every now and then.
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:32 PM
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When I try and look at the review I get

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Old 01-11-2006, 07:50 PM
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Puzzling? Just for info, the hyperlinks worked for me at 6:51am and they still continue to open for me (on the same PC) at 7:48pm same day.

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Wow, what a neat scope and project. Very nice work!
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Andy, Great review and even greater scope. My passion since 1970 has always been refractors and still is, even though I went over to the reflective side earlier this year for the aperture of course. I still pull out the Unitron 4" every now and then.
Yeah refractors are cool but aperture rules. I lust after a big apo but don't think I will satisfy that urge without winning lotto. In the meantime there is lots of fun to be had without going over budget. Still, dreams are free!

Andy

PS. I am not sure what is happening with the photo links in the review, my computer skills are limited.
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Absolutely stunning piece of work. You should consider making them professionally.

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Very nice Andy.

An obvious labour of love and very nice craftsmanship.

Hope it gives you many wonderful nights of viewing
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