Founder

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.

Links

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
Newt
Ray tracing program for determining all required dimensions for a newtonian reflector. (New Website)

Plop
Program for designing mirror cells.

Observing Software
Celestia
3-D interactive simulation of the solar system and beyond.

JupSat95
Plots the jovian satellites.

Lunar Phase
Shows all the phases of the move and more.

Mirror Lab Home Mirror Making Supplies Robo Foucault Tester Telescope Gallery SPAC Library

  Paul figuring his thin 16 inch mirror
2012-12-03
Paul figuring his thin 16 inch mirror with a 5 inch tool. A center over center stroke is used to
parabolize the mirror. By keeping the mirror on the bottom it remains fully supported and flat.

  Mike Davis figuring his light weight 12.5
2012-12-02
Mike Davis figuring his light weight 12.5 inch mirror that he made in his home kiln.

  Lenny and his mirror have returned!
2012-11-18
Lenny Remetta polishing his 14.5 inch mirror with a subdiameter tool.

  Nicholas and Donna with their finished mirror
2012-11-11
Nicholas and Donna with their finished 8 inch better than 1/4 wave mirror. This mirror has a
beautiful polish and edge. Thanks for the Mirror Lab buttons Nicholas!

  Steve Fredlunds wood strip tube
2012-11-03
Left: Steve, Irv and Ralph check out the 10 inch mirror cell for Steves wood strip tube. Right:
Paul cuts the focuser hole on the tube.

  Paul's 16 inch mirror being polished
2012-08-13
Paul's 16 inch mirror during the Huckleberry Finn polishing phase.

  Donna and Nicholas start polishing their 8 inch mirror
2012-07-29
Donna and Nicholas prepare to pour their pitch lap (left) and begin polishing their 8 inch mirror
(right)

  Pedro and Giovanni finish their 10" mirror
2012-07-15
Pedro and Giovanni with their finished f4.5 1/5th wave 10" mirror.

  Carlos Paris visitor from Ft. Myers
2012-06-10
Carlos Paris was a visitor from the Ft. Myers area and needed help with his 6" mirror. He has
been working alone on it using an impessive home-made Foucault tester and a couple of good books.
Now he was ready to start figuring it. He finished it at the lab better than 1/9th wave during
his first visit (also 6/2).

  Steve Fredlund
2012-06-10
Steve Fredlund started his mirror at the lab and finished it better than 1/7th wave last Saturday
(6/2).

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