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.


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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Category: Cosmology
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Title (Author) Category Format
A Brief History of Time
Hawking, Stephen
Cosmology book
There are actually several versions of this book. There is the illustrated version, a briefer version, and updated version and the 10th anniversary edition.

Brian Greene has a couple of good books along these sames lines: Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos.
Relativity and Cosmology 2nd Ed.
Kaufmann, William J.
out of print pub 1977
Cosmology book
The Big Bang Never Happened
Lerner, Eric
$17 barnes n noble
Cosmology book
The Copernican Revolution
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Cosmology book

The Light at the Edge of the Universe
Lemonick, Michael D.
out of print, try Alibris
Cosmology book
To the Edge of the Universe
Yenne , William
This author also wrote a good book called Atlas of the Solar System
Cosmology book

Voyage to the Great Attractor
Dressler, Alan
Cosmology book

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