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22" f/4.0 with Pegasus Optics.  The original intent for the black knobs on the bearing was to allow removal of the bearings for transport of the mirror box in a trunk of a sedan. 



EqPlatform
22" f/4.0 sitting on a prototype Crossbow platform for the first time ever.  Used it and it works great.  Tracks for 60-70 minutes and runs on a 9-volt battery, which last 12-14 hours per battery.




Loaded
The 22" reflector packed in the Volkswagon New Beetle vehicle.
Left rear: Rocker box and mirror box with the upper cage. 
Right: Truss poles, large REI camp table (under trusses), 3-step ladder, then equatorial platform (hidden to the right of the ladder, can see only one small metal part)
Front: Various cases of eyepieces, books, etc.




My setup at Golden State Star Party 2009  Everything here plus tent goes in the VW Beetle in the background. Blew me away when I was able to pack everything in the car.  I even had some folks walk by and asked me, "Where is my motorhome?"  



Packed at Golden State Star Party 2009.  Everything!  Whoa!



22" f/4.0 disassembled



30" f/4.3 reflector at Texas Star Party 2006.  SkyTracker GOTO System powered by Sky Commander.  There is a larger scope behind me to the right.  That is Larry Mitchell's 36" f/5 Obsession.  Looks small as it is 75 yards away.



Taking the scope cover off the 30" at the Texas Star Party 2006



30" f/4.3 reflector at Golden State Star Party 2008



The 22" just freshly built sitting next to my old 16" f/4.5




Jimi's 48" f/4.0 reflector (I'm turning the collimation bolts with a 1" ratchet, while Jimi is looking the Glatter TuBlug with his binoculars)
Here is a good read of the construction of this telescope.



Jimi's 48" f/4.0 reflector (Standing on the 18 foot ladder)
Here is a sampling of what we observed through this telescope.



Jimi's 48" f/4.0 reflector (Me standing in front of the mirror box, notice how tall that thing is)


4 inch

AstroTelescopes 4" f/11 "Planet Killer".  The optics on this thing is actually very good.  The optics shows very little color at bright objects, such as Jupiter.  But for very bright objects, such as Venus, the color is evident but a lot less than most achromats, but I can see color in many apos as well.  I was a little surprised that I was able to use 450x on Jupiter at GSSP.  The seeing was incredible and the view as astounding for a 4" telescope, but of course my 22" at full aperture was even better.   The focuser is rotatable and has the best non-Feather Touch focuser I've ever used.  Better than the Takahashi or TeleVue focusers.  It won't carry a 8 pound CCD camera, but it isn't designed to.



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