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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Title (Author) Category Format
Amateur Photography
MI Wah?
Photography book
Amateur Photomicrography
Walker, M.I.
try alibris
Photography book
Astrophotography for the Amateur
Covington, Michael
Photography book
Astrophotography Near City Lights
Cocozza, Joseph
Photography booklet
Astrophotography with the Schmidt Telescope
Marx and Pfau
Photography book
Astrophotography with your Camera
Photography booklet
Choosing and Using a CCD Camera
Berry, Richard
Photography booklet
Field Photography
Photography book
Field Photography Field-Use Data
Blaker, Alfred A.
Photography booklet
Handbook for Scientific Photography
Photography book
Introduction to Astronomical Image Processing
Berry, Richard
Photography booklet
Outer Space Photography
Photography book
Outer Space Photography
Paul, Dr Henry E.
Photography book
Photographic Sensitometry
Todd and Zakia
Photography book
Photography Art and Technique
Photography book
Photography in Astronomy
Selwyn, E.W.H.
Photography book
The CCD Camera Cookbook
Berry Kanto and Munger
Photography book

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