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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DU's historic Chamberlin Observatory
Stencel, Claire & Robert
2006
Historical book
DENVER's GREAT TELESCOPE -- a richly illustrated 100 page guide to the great refractor and its environs, by C. & R. Stencel. Copies available at $15 postpaid. Mail request and check payable to: University of Denver, and send to: Prof. Stencel, Chamberlin Observatory, University of Denver, Denver CO 80208 USA, and include your return address info. Proceeds support observatory programs.
Edwin Hubble
Christianson, Gale E.
Historical book
Eye on the Sky Lick Observatory’s First Century
Osterbrock, Donald; Gustafson, John; Unruh, Shiloh
1988
Historical book
Journey to the Stars - (Machinst from Stellafane)
??
Historical book
Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society 1927

Historical book
Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society Appendix
?
(very old looking)
Historical book
Pierre-Simon Laplace 1749-1827
Gillispie
Historical book
Prehistory Astronomy in the Southwest
Malville
Historical book
Source Book in Astronomy 1900-1950
Shapley
Historical book
SPIE Vol 19
?
Historical book
The Explorers of Mars Hill, History of Lowell Observatory (1894-1994)
Putnam, William L.
Historical book
The First Forty Years JHU,APL
?
Historical book


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