SWEET SIXTEEN PAGE
The assembled scope is easily
moved on the wheels which can be left on
during observing or removed in seconds.
Sweet Sixteen Standard Construction Features:
These instruments are not mass produced telescopes. They are lovingly handcrafted and are intended for the viewer who appreciates fine craftsmanship and exceptional optics.
Lower truss attachment on the Sweet 16.
The pole inserts are slotted to allow installation without removing the knobs.
The upper cage drops over the pole ball ends and are precisely located in the ball sockets. Works really slick!
An exploded view of the truss pole assembly
You can set the upper cage on the poles easily.
The spring loaded stud slides down between the balls and aligns everything quite well. Very solid. The spring makes loosening and tightening the clamp easy.
The scope comes with a matching mirror case.
The telescope is designed to allow easy removal of a truss pole to facilitate reaching in and removing the 21# primary for travel or indoor storage.
Construction shot of the prototype scope without the locking knob showing how the lower pole insert is located.
The azimuth pivot is a 1/2" stainless bolt.
A custom machined brass bushing and tee nut are utilized.
Me and my Sweet Sixteen soakin' up some rays at the 2008 Winter Star Party. Ahhh. (Photo Michael Lockwood)
Lee's Sweet Sixteen is finished in cherry stain and features the optional Argo Navis / ServoCat installation.
Interior of rocker showing the ServoCat installation.
The Servocat controller is recessed in the front of the rocker.
William Meyers telescope finished and ready for delivery.
Seated viewing at the zenith with the sweet sixteen is easy.
The power that comes up the side poles is routed to a power distribution block located below the Telrad. The top switch controlls the Astrosystems secondary dew heater, two additional switched jacks allow for additional heaters.
A powered ground board or batteries mounted internal to the rocker are also available, especially with the ServoCat option.
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