This has been designed for a client who wanted an all round quality refractor with with ability to view solar activity in white light. So a 50mm finder has been attached with a solar filter and a 2" solar wedge with 1.3 &3nd filters so the scope can be used for solar imaging as well as viewing. Two diagonals and eye pieces have also been included as well as a custom box...still being made.
Thanks to AAS Magazine, They wanted to get there hands on a handmade British designed classic refractor so I was pleased to lend them one for a couple of weeks. It's not an in depth review, but I know the powers that be were suitably impressed.
All eye pieces and diagonals will soon be available with Moonraker telescopes for the client who desires the complete package, ready to go out of the box. More news soon........................
All telescopes will soon be available in rugged style packing crates/cases, ensuring safe delivery and a customizable storage solution...At no extra cost to the UK and world market.
" Hi Mark, The scope arrived safe & sound at 9.40a today! It is just beautiful!! You made a real classic Mark. I hope you have many orders coming in and NEAF should really be awesome for you! Thank you so very much!! "
Here are the pieces of a custom telescope given to me by an existing client. The brief was Moonraker it, but be sympathetic to the original design....... More images are now up. The complete Moonraker refurbishment is complete. It's just a shame I didn't take images before work commenced. From polishing, to re-machining, flocking to thumb screws. I even had to machine the original eyepiece for a better fit and tap all hols to accept new handmade screws. It was a privilege to be trusted to work on such a wonderful refractor.
An imaging triplet, UK designed lens, Uk built with Parts for the UK and USA. Here are a few images of it being put together for checking fit's etc. Still missing it's 60mm right angle finder/guide and storks, handle etc, etc. Apologies about the messy work shop!!
Good news offering more variety of lens choices for your custom Moonraker Telescope. I have been in discussions with a lens manufacturer and I will be able to supply my own acrhromat lens for telescope ranging in size from:
All lenses are specially checked and finished to no less than 1/5 p-v.
I'm also in discussions with Istar, builders of great lenses and will be in a position to offer Moonraker telescopes with their own excellent optics. Please get in touch for more information regarding your choice of lens.
See example below
Just finished for a client who wanted a 80mm 555fl Zenithstar lens re-housed in a tube witch allowed it to achieve focus without extensions, unlike the WO tube it came in. I've attached a 30mm finder, which is not intended for solar use, but will be used for normal astronomical viewing. Tested and ready to go, just have to do a couple of tweaks and then she's off.
Registered plate on the underside is marked as Solar1 0001. First white light designated scope I've had the privilege of creating.