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: Optics
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Title (Author) Category Format
Abberations of the Symmetrical Optical System
Welford, W.T.
try alibris, not at barnes n noble
Optics book

Alvan Clark and Sons Artists in Optics
Warner and Ariail
Pub Willmann-Bell
Optics book
Astronomical Optics
Schroeder, Daniel
This one is expensive new- around $100.
Optics book
Concepts of Classical Optics
Optics book
Generation of Optical Surfaces
Optics book
Image Science
Daint and Shaw
Optics book
Lens Design Fundamentals by Kingslake
Optics book
Light II: Waves, Particles and Photons
Optics VHS
Matrix Methodes in Optical Instrument Design
Optics book
Mirrors Prisms and Lenses
Optics book
Modern Optical Engineering
Optics book
Newtons Optical Writings
Dennis L. Sepper
A Guided Study
Optics book
Ophthalmology Course
Optics book
Optical Engineering Volume 25 No# 12 December 1967?
Optics book
Optical Engineering Volume 26 No# 12 December 1967?
Optics book
Optics for Clinicians
Optics book
Optics the Science of Vision
Optics book
Photoelectric Photometry Handbook
Optics book
Principles of Optics
Born and Wolf
Optics book
Prism and Lens Making
T. Wyman...?
Optics book
Prism and Lens Making 1952
Twyman, F.
Optics book
Proceedings of the Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers Vol 44

Optics book
Single Lens, The story of the Simple Microscope
Brian J Ford
Optics book

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