Under this plastic tubing lies a brass celled classic late 1930's lens set with variable diaphragm. This will be a unique one off RFT. Just need to disassemble this baby and get to work.............Easier said than done!!!!!
Also on it's way today the Moonraker AP 6" off for a test flight with her owner.
Telescope design is about imagination and innovation as well as aesthetics...Moonraker seeks to build on classic refractor design, and be inspired by luminaries of the past, whilst designing and building, in house, totally unique, bespoke, instruments to purvey the heavens. Which is why a Moonraker will never look like, or try to emulate an old  telescope............If I want a classic vintage scope, I'll buy a classic vintage scope, but to be inspired by the past and create something new, that is the Moonraker difference. 
 
 
Still busy but the hot weather slows you down although the work shop stays cool which is a blessing.
There are two more scopes to test and send out, three more to finish and then start on the new orders, so I'm a little behind but getting there and you cannot rush a telescope, it's a labour of love!


I like going on Cloudy Nights forum, an excellent metropolis built for the interaction of astronomers great and small, unfortunately I keep chiming in when, as a vendor, I'm not allowed, or it's felt I'm pushing my telescopes, so I think from now on I'll stick to the vendors section, Facebook and my blog to give any thoughts on scopes and the like.


 That's by way of a preamble, as the last post I had removed the other week related to mounts and tripods in the classic telescope forum, and it was thought that Moonraker did not seem to make any, my response was to say that we are working on a couple of designs etc, etc. So to clarify, as I had a couple of interested parties contact me, Moonraker is working on a unique design for imagers and visual astronomers, bespoke hand made in superb materials that will reflect the quality of Moonraker & other High end refractors. Visually it is stunning, but more of this when the first one is finished and ready for display.


Last week another scope left for the US and the client kindly said the following,

"Dear Mark:
My scope arrived today safe and sound and I just finished unpacking it.  I was stunned, speechless.  Although a lot of the beauty of your scopes can be seen in the photos, there is nothing like seeing the real thing in person.  The scope is a “modern heirloom” art piece that looks like in belongs in a space museum.  Instead of storing it in a box, I am going to hang it on a wall of my house when it is not in use.  I can’t wait to look through it under the stars.

Thank you so much for sharing your work with me."



I'm also working on new furnature for the telescopes as well as a few different designs using triplets as well as classic optics. I will shortly be in receipt of some cool new Jaegers lenses, two of which have already been designated to two new builds for clients. Also working on a new range of unique finishes, this will be an exciting project and if the sampling goes well the first example should be ready in a couple of months. That's it for now, 


Thanks,


Mark.





 
 
 
 
"Dark Matter has landed in Southern Maryland!

Attached are a couple of images taken last night - as it was a very bright full moon didn't get much else to choose from. The moonshot is taken with an Orion Starshoot Pro  ccd,  direct focus - not suited to this sort of work, but a good test of the basic setup.
Thanks to both you and Highpoint Scientific for the service and communications - it has been a pleasure purchasing my unique telescope!

I've no doubt I'll need to fine tune the setup, maybe adding a long focal length planet watching tube with a 60 or 80mm aperture - any advice on this would be most appreciated.

Will also be working on the imaging end of the scope with Robert at Highpoint, more of that once I get familiar with 'Dale' (Arden, obviously, name chosen by Mrs H!)

I've a case coming on Tuesday (Pelican) will let Robert know if it works for advice to future Moon Raker purchasers in the US.

Clear Skies, thanks for your advice and have a pint of 6X on me!

Jon"




 
 
Just a quick heads up to everyone so you know what's in the pipeline that may be of interest to you.
Continued development of existing ranges and bespoke work
A new line of "commando" retro scopes
A new concept solarscope starting with an 80-90mm f8 configuration
Collaboration with true artisans  to enhance the telescopes
A new website.......Why? You'll see. 
And more.....................................Oh! and....


This beautiful 90mm prototype sold yesterday and will soon be flying off to the USA.
 
 
It's arrived now and this is what the client said straight after unpacking...."
Dear Mark,

My scope arrived today safe and sound and I just finished unpacking it.  I was stunned, speechless.  Although a lot of the beauty of your scopes can be seen in the photos, there is nothing like seeing the real thing in person.  The scope is a “modern heirloom” art piece that looks like in belongs in a space museum.  Instead of storing it in a box, I am going to hang it on a wall of my house when it is not in use.  I can’t wait to look through it under the stars.
Thank you so much for sharing your work with me.
Sincerely,

Derek


 
 
Custom build 102 f13 with 60mm guider and 50mm finder and custom box. Soon I will have some unused Jaegers 102 f15 lenses and f8.5's...Cool.
 
 
On it's way up noth after a refit! 90mm f15.
 
 
Just finished and on it's way to the lucky customer. A re-vamped, baffled and accessorized 76mm classic Ron Irving telescope. He used to live just down the road from me in Teddington, what a coincidence!  
Mr Leech, kindly sent me these few words.....
More images on the custom page.


"In this age of mass production it’s a refreshing change to find suppliers of excellence.

Mark has just finished reworking my vintage Irving refractor and to say I am delighted with both the quality and the service is a massive understatement.

Mark has resurrected the classical refractor and brought it into the 21 st Century.

It was said that HR Irving was the last in the line of people capable of working with Victorian telescopes.

Mark has very successfully continued this line, and long may it continue. 

In conclusion, if you could morph Alvin Clarke- Irving and Zeiss you would get a Mark Turner.

Can’t wait to send him another project to work on.

Watch this space……………."

Lincoln Leech

Preston

England.



Lincoln kindly sent me these two short emails, which have been edited!!
1. wow ! 

2. Amendment to recent review.

it arrived this morning very securely parcelled.
To put it bluntly, its S**T HOT!!!
It feels like Christmas morning when i was  six.
Thank you once again.

Lincoln.

 
 
Moonraker telescopes is now producing telescopes with Istar lenses. At present we are making an 4" f12 and a 6" f12 with more versions on the way. Istar have a great reputation and produce surpurb optics, which is why, along with other lenses we are happy to supply these acromatic doublets as well as R30's & R35's in Moonraker OTA's.


We also fit your own lenses in bespoke cells and counter cells along with stock lenses from Carton, Emerson Optics and Vixen, to name but a few. Soon an f6 150mm Ray Lens will be turned into a supurb RFT. All ahead full at Moonraker.


More news soon concerning other Suppliers..................