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.

Lab T-Shirts Available

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.


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

Program for designing mirror cells.

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

Plots the jovian satellites.

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

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Title (Author) Category Format
100 Billion Suns
Kippenhahn, Rudolf
$24 Barnes n Noble
Astrophysics book

An Introduction to Computational Astrophysics
Hellings, Paul
willbell book, not at BN or Alibris
Astrophysics book
Astronomical Formulae for Calculators
Meeus, Jean
$28.95 at Alibris
Astrophysics book
Astronomical Methods and Calculations
Acker and Jaschek
Astrophysics book
A Astronomy Tapes - 5 sets of 3 tapes each
Fillipenko, Alex
Astrophysics VHS
This is basically a full college course on video. The company that makes these has them on audio cd and dvd as well.

A free exerpt is available online
Astrophysical Concepts
Astrophysics book
Astrophysical Formulae 2nd Ed
Lang, K.R.
Astrophysics book
Astrophysical Quantities
Astrophysics book
Astrophysics with a PC
Hellings, Paul
Astrophysics book
Blackholes and Warped Spacetime
Astrophysics book
Celestial Mechanics
Astrophysics book
Computer Simulations Methods Part 1
Gould and Tobochnik
Astrophysics book
Computer Simulations Methods Part 2
Gould and Tobochnik
Astrophysics book
Einstein’s Miracle Year – Relativity in a Nutshell
Wolfson, Richard
The Teaching Company Video
Astrophysics DVD
Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Myers, Robert A. (Editor)
Astrophysics book
Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac, Revised
Astrophysics book
Galactic Dynamics
Binney and Tremaine
Astrophysics book
Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics 2nd Ed
Zeilik and Smith
Astrophysics book
New Horizons in Astronomy 2nd Ed
Brandt and ..aran?
Astrophysics book
Numerical Modeling in Applied Physics and Astrophysics
Bower and Wilson
Astrophysics book
Parallel Universes
Astrophysics book
Physics of the Sun and Stars
McCrea, W.H.
Astrophysics book
Quantum Reality
Herbert, Nick
Astrophysics book
Red Giants and White Dwarfs
Jastrow, Robert
Astrophysics book
Astrophysics book

Spacetime and Gravitation
Ohanian, Hans C.
Astrophysics book
The Evolving Universe
Astrophysics book
The Exploding Universe
Henbest, Nigel
Astrophysics book
The Invisible Universe
Field, George B. and Eric J. Chaisson
Astrophysics book
The Observation and Analysis of Stellar Photospheres
Astrophysics book
The Physics-Astronomy Frontier
Hoyle and Narlikar
Astrophysics book
The Universe
Asimov, Isaac
Astrophysics book
The Universe and its Structure
Astrophysics book
Theoretical concepts in physics
Astrophysics book

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