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About _Augustus_

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  • Location Connecticut
  • Interests Astronomy, amateur telescope making, astrophotography, space exploration, videogames, business

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  1. OTA and base for the 20" was completed last week. I also redesigned the UTA for the 16":
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsYyqCn7hUM&t=17s
  3. Mirror box with bearings (still needs staining and laminate).
  4. Got the mirror and a UTA for it: Also:
  5. Got a surprise phone call from a guy the other day and I am happy to report a 20" (0.5 meter!) f/4 polished BVC mirror is now en route to me. More to follow.
  6. _Augustus_

    The Astro-Imaging Thread

    Depends on what you want to accomplish......
  7. It's been a while! Finished the 10" but the customer didn't want it. Trying to sell it at the moment. Rebuilt the 6": Brought all three Dobs to Stellafane: Won the first and third place Junior awards there.
  8. _Augustus_

    The Astro-Imaging Thread

    Forget seeing either of those with a 9.25" in the US..... they're typically hard with a much bigger scope.
  9. _Augustus_

    The Astro-Imaging Thread

    As long as you don't get oils on the mirror or drag dust along the surface, you're fine. Professional cleaning is a scam by and large. I use gloves when handling thin lenses and SCT corrector plates. That's it.
  10. _Augustus_

    The Astro-Imaging Thread

    Dish soap + tap water. Make sure to blot it with a cloth to prevent the water droplets from leaving any mineral deposits on the mirror.
  11. _Augustus_

    Uranus was hit by a Super Earth

    Planet 9.
  12. _Augustus_

    JWST: it's done!

    I wouldn't be surprised if it flies in late 2026........
  13. _Augustus_

    JWST: it's done!

    So: JWST has now surpassed SLS/Orion as the most bloated, delayed, and overpriced NASA program Launch will not happen until 2022 JWST will probably launch on the last Ariane 5 or be moved to a different vehicle