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

  Charlie is leaving for the clear skys of New Mexico
2006-12-23
Charlie who is pictured
of Charlie polishing his 20inch mirror has moved to New Mexico. He'll have to contend with snow
drifts in the winter but at least he'll have some very good viewing. We'll miss you
Charile.

  Ginger completes an 8 inch Mirror
2006-10-28
Ginger Tiling has finished figuring her 8 inch mirror. It has an f/ratio of f/5.6 and was completed
on October 28th. Congratulations.

  The first ever mother-daughter team is making a 10 inch mirror
2006-08-26
Megan sets up the mirror for testing with Robo.

  2007 Raffle Mirror is finished.
2006-08-26
The 2007 OBS Rafflescope Mirror was completed. On robo foucault it tested out to 1/15th wave. Of
course we now have to build the scope to hold it.

  Hazel Gehlsen newest Mirror Lab graduate
2006-06-03
Congratulations to Hazel Gehlsen who completed an 8 inch f/6 mirror that tested better
than 1/9 wave! Hazel is also the first woman to complete a mirror in the lab. She did such a
good job on her 8 inch we'd thought we'd get her to help out on an 18 inch as well.

  Completed Mirrors For October
2005-10-25
Allen 12.5 inch annual refiguring
Tom Spano 14.25 inch Black BVC Glass
Joe Colontonio 10 inch (used a special mesh for his pitch lap)

  New Mirror Graduate Steve Kane
2005-05-28
Congratulations to Steve Kane who completed a 10inch f/5.6 mirror that tested better than
1/5 wave.

  How to paint the inside of a tube
2005-05-25

Paul demonstrates a device he made out of plumbing parts that allows the easy spray painting of
the inside of tubes.

  Two Mirror Graduates
2005-05-21
Well done to Art Ross who completed a 10inch f/5 mirror and Richard Garner who
finished a 10inch f/6.2

  2005 Orange Blossom Special with John Dobson
2005-02-15
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John inspects Ralph's and Allens work. It was fun to discuss the finer points of mirror grinding
with one of the masters.

John autographs the 2005 Mirror Lab Rafflescope.

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