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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365 Starry Nights
Raymo. Chet
$16.95 Barnes n Noble
Observing book
A Primer for Star-Gazers
Neely
(2nd copy) try alibris
Observing book
A Primer for Star-Gazers
Neely
(1st copy)
Observing book
Advanced Amateur Astronomy
North and Edinburgh
Observing book
Astronomical Observations
Walker
Observing book
Astronomy Merit Badge
Boy Scouts of America
Observing booklet
Astronomy with your Personal Computer
Duffett-Smith
Observing book
Burnhams Celestial Handbook Vol 1
Burnham
Observing book
Burnhams Celestial Handbook Vol 2
Burnham
Observing book
Burnhams Celestial Handbook Vol 3
Burnham
Observing book
Catalogue of the Universe
Murdin, Paul
Observing book
Mathematical Astronomy with a Pocket Calculator
Jones, Aubery
Observing book
Microcomputers in Astronomy
Genet
Observing book
Microcomputers in Astronomy
Genet
Observing book
Microcomputers in Astronomy II
Genet and Genet
Observing book
Microcomputers in Astronomy II
Genet and Genet
(2nd copy)
Observing book
Observational Astronomy for Amateurs
Sidgwick and Enslow
Observing book
Practical Astronomy with your Calculator
Duffett-Smith
Observing book
Practical Astronomy with your calculator
Duffett-Smith
(2nd copy)
Observing book

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Ferris, Timothy
Read a review here
Observing book
Skywatching
Levy, David H.
Observing book
Star-Hopping
Garfinkle
Observing book
Stargazers Bible
Kals, W.S.
Observing book
The Amateur Astronomers Handbook
Muirden
(1st Copy)
Observing book
The Backyard Astronomers Guide
Dickinson and Dyer
Observing book
The Deep Field Guide to Uranometria 2000.0
Cragin Lucyk and Rappaport
Observing book
The Larousse Guide to Astronomy
Larousse
Observing book
The Stars by Clock and Fist
Neely
Observing book
The Summer Stargazer
Claib, Rob
Observing book
The Transits of Venus
The Transits of Venus


William Sheehan & John Westfall
$24 Barnes n Noble

Observing book
Has maps of both the 2004 and 2012 transits. More than an observational handbook it goes into the history of the transits and the quest to determine the size and distance of bodies in the solar system.
Through the Telescope A Guide for the Amateur Astronomer
Porcellino
Observing book
Uranometria 2000.0
Tirion Rappaport and Lovi
(Red Volume)
Observing book
Uranometria 2000.0
Tirion Rappaport and Lovi
(Blue Volume)
Observing book


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