Saint Petersburg Astronomy Club - Mirror Lab


We are looking for a new home
As soon as we have the new location set we will post the location and hours here.

Our 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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  • Ralph Craig - Lab Instructor
  • Allen Maroney - Lab Instructor
  • Ron Jones - The Figurer
  • Mike Davis - Casts Mirrors
  • Dimitri - Support


  • James Lerch - Robo Foucault
  • Matt Terry
  • Charlie Mullen
  • Bruce Kazcmarik
  • Keevy McAlavy

In Memorium

  • Irv Nadelhaft
  • Lenny Remetta

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Where the 19th Century Art of Mirror Making Meets the 21st Century

The Saint Petersburg Mirror Lab is a small band of dedicated mirror grinders and telescope makers living in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. We offer a mirror making class for interested persons. We strive to create the best mirrors our home brew technology can muster. This includes robotic foucault testing and laser interferometry.

  Mike P's 16" Scope is Taking Shape
Mike's pieces for his 16" Dob. base have been rough cut out.

  Bino Bill with his finished 10" scope
Bill showing off his finished scope made at the mirror lab

  Brad's mirror box glued up
After a bit of a hammer fit the box joints came together

  Brad Cutting box joints
Brad Cutting box joints for the mirror box for his 16" mirror

  Raffle Scope for 2021 OBS Star Party Takes Shape
Original Meade LightBridge base

  Raffle Scope for 2021 OBS Star Party
Cutting out the new pieces for assembly

  Raffle Scope for 2021 OBS Star Party
New base is finished

  Raffle Scope for 2021 OBS Star Party
Mike showing off the refurbished telescope and base

  Dimitri's scope for his son Casey
Dimitri finished a 10 inch f/5 scope for his son Casey to use in Colorado where he lives.

  Raffle Scope for 2020 OBS Star Party
10" Orion Intelliscope was refurbished into a quality raffle scope for the 2020 Orange Blossom
Special Star Party by member of the mirror lab.

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