Founder

Paul McNabb founded the mirror lab in 1997 in order to create the best amateur telecopes possible. Inch for inch our mirrors surpass store bought or commercial grade scopes.


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Lab Members

Ralph Craig is a lab instructor and has made mirrors from 6 inches to his recently completed 16 inch f5 mirror.


Allen Maroney
has completed three mirrors in the lab between 8 and 18 inches. Allen is also buiding a second robo foucault tester based on James design.


Mike Davis
casts his own mirror blanks.


Irv Nadelhaft


Charlie Mullen ground the mirrors for two years worth of rafflescopes but now has moved on the clear skys of New Mexico.


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Lab Alumni

Lenny Remetta


Keevy McAlavy


Bruce Kazcmarik


James Lerch built our robo foucault tester and in house aluminizing chamber as well as a laser interferometry testing setup.


Ron Jones AKA the figurer is about the best mirror maker this side of the mississippi. You can see things in his 8 inch mirror that would impress a takahashi devotee.

Links

Russell W. Porter father of amateur astronomy and founder of Stellafane

Mel Bartels Website
Amateur Astronomer and innovator.

Stardate Website
Good overall observation site.


NGC Astronomers
Former member Matt Terry has his own astronomy club north of Tampa.

Southwest Florida
Astronomical Society

A nearby Astronomy club.

Telescope Software
Newt
Ray tracing program for determining all required dimensions for a newtonian reflector. (New Website)

Plop
Program for designing mirror cells.

Observing Software
Celestia
3-D interactive simulation of the solar system and beyond.

JupSat95
Plots the jovian satellites.

Lunar Phase
Shows all the phases of the move and more.

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Categories

Astrophysics (34)
Cosmology (7)
General_Astronomy (62)
Historical (12)
Light_Polution (1)
Math_Science (20)
Observing (33)
Optics (23)
Other (7)
Photography (17)
Radio_Astronomy (1)
Solar_System (30)
SPAC Lecture (9)
Spaceflight (10)
Telescope_Making (17)
SPAC Library (Ralph Craig - Librarian)

Online Database
This website contains a mostly complete database of books and videos in the SPAC library. Click a category listing on the left to see a list of books.

Checkout Books
Books may be checked out during regular club meetings (4th Friday of the month) or board meetings (2nd Wednesday of the month).
NOTE: You must be a SPAC member to check out library books

Videos of SPAC Lectures.
We now have several videos on DVD of past lectures by Matt Terry, Mike Davis, John Dobson and others.

Donations Welcome
If you wish to donate any books please talk to Ralph during a club meeting or any Saturday afternoon at the mirror lab behind the Science Center.


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