Focuser

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 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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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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Almost Forgot – 1.25″ Eyepiece Adapter

Ok, this isn’t strictly a case of “forgetting” to design somethign–I’d planned to just buy 2″ to 1.25″ eyepiece adapters ready-made. But since I’m becoming more comfortable with rolling my own parts, I thought let’s design it and see how much it costs to print. Turns out these will cost less than $8 to print.…

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Focuser Updates

Updates have been made to the focuser based on the 3d prints. One unexpected change is the possibility of doing away with the bearing axles entirely. I placed the bearings in their slots on the drive block print, and even with tight tolerances they spin very freely when placed directly against the Onyx surface. I…

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First Focuser Prints

So! The first parts arrived. As someone who’s been doing graphic design for over 20 years, receiving my first 3d-printed parts completely recaptured the excitement of seeing my first 2d work coming off the press. Real things are real, which is why you get excited when you experience the original photons from Jupiter hitting your…

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Focuser Hardware Arrived

So the focuser hardware delivery beat the printed parts due to printer problems. Good news is, the screws fit the inserts. The grub screws are tiny! I need to order an 0.9mm wrench for them. Interesting notes on part origins: Bearing shafts: USA Bearings: Japan Grub screws: Taiwan Heat Inserts: USA or Japan or Taiwan…

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