3D Printing

Oregon Star Party 2019 and Beta Drifter

It’s been a while, so there are two big things to cover. #1, showing off the beta Drifter at Oregon Star Party. #2, yes the beta Drifter is born–what’s been changed and how does it work? Oregon Star Party 2019 came and left quicker than Oumuamua but what an incredible weekend! Analog Sky set up…

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The Moon, Updated Focuser and Tertiary

I had an observing session last week where we got clouded out pretty quickly–however it was still a transcendent experience due to the fact that we were approaching first quarter of the Moon. I trained the Drifter on the Moon as it approached the horizon. An opaque cloud cut straight through the middle, its edges…

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Analog Sky Drifter Prototype 1 Notes

So it’s been a while since I updated this blog. That’s because the Drifter prototype 1 was finished 8-12 months ahead of schedule, in time for Oregon Star Party (OSP) 2018. I was too busy building it to post any updates. Many thanks to Jerry Oltion for helping me out of three or four jambs,…

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Tertiary Mirror Mounting Jig

3D Printing can help us build things easier. Here’s a jig for mounting the tertiary mirror: The mirror sits flat, face down. Small slots hold 2mm shafts for spacing. The slots create a range of heights for the shafts so we don’t have to worry about the exact thickness of the mirror or creating a…

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Tertiary Housing Beta 1

Imagination. Reality. Here’s a completed tertiary housing. All the pieces connect well. The mirror mount works very well. The focuser works in the housing. The filter cartridges still need some tweaking. Using a screw for a friction fit doesn’t work since the cartridge just pops out from the pressure. However, using the screw in a…

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Functional Focuser

Lots of work over the last month even though there haven’t been any updates. The focuser now works. As you can see, the drive shaft of the GSO dual speed knob has been shortened so that the cap can fit flush to the drive block. (Thanks Jerry for lending me your vise.) Luckily this was…

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Primary Mirror Linear Bearings

There has been progress with the second round of focuser prints, but I’m going to take a moment to sidetrack to the primary mirror linear bearings. This is for adjustment of primary mirrors to make sure the images merge into one stereo picture rather than two side-by-side. Up to this point, I’ve been planning to…

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Custom 1.25″ Parfocal Ring Prototype

It’s hard to wait for 3d prints in the mail, so in the meantime, I designed two different parfocal rings. The first is a fixed-height ring that uses grub screws the same as the existing products on the market. 3d printing these is still cheaper than purchasing retail. The second is a little more radical:…

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Focuser Modifications

I was able to brute force the screws through the too-small holes in the drive plate, so the focuser came together for testing. Looks like we’ll call this one v0.1 as 0.5 was a little optimistic: So far, it only works with a gravity assist, which I believe means the drive plate in standard Onyx…

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