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On behalf of all the editors of Sky & Telescope, I am pleased to announce that among the items featured in “Hot New Products for 2009”
is your 12-inch LiteScope.
I continue to be amazed at the remarkable innovations coming from astronomical vendors, both those long established and those never to the
There is a tremendous amount of creativity and cleverness being displayed, all backed by a fervent devotion to making the sky more accessible
and enjoyable for astronomy enthusiasts at all levels. It is truly inspiring. Thank you for all your efforts, and my heartiest congratulations on your
inclusion in this year’s selection of Hot Products!
Thanks so much for your email and the great work you are doing!
All good things
Jason Kessler / Executive
Asteroid Grand Challenge
This is a great product!
International Year of Astronomy 2009 Coordinator
International Astronomical Union
a. IAU IYA2009 Secretariat
D-85748 Garching bei München
Congratulation on the Hot Products.
|From First Sight to First
Light - A new Love Affair for Astronomers?|
Firstly may I say thank you for sharing your wonderful telescope design with us. It was an absorbing and uplifting experience for us both!
As you know Brian and I have strong connections with astronomy through Cambridge Astronomical Association and through our own life interest.
We are both passionate and deeply committed to our subject.
Also we both regularly make and use telescopes of all types – from those found in professional observatories to some of the finest amateur instruments available.
Our CAA connections also make us most aware of the needs and issues faced by those beginning astronomy and of those who choose to pursue
astronomy at a semi professional level.
With this experience in mind I can say that I have never seen such an elegant and technically sophisticated solution to Newtonian telescope manufacture as you have achieved with this latest creation. I have personally researched the leading edge of amateur designs over many years.
I know this is where technical excellence and innovation is often to be found. Based on this research I believe you have a superior instrument which is at vanguard of present possibilities given the technology available.
You are to be greatly congratulated. It is a superbly practical piece of art and also a fantastic scientific instrument. So as we say in England – I take my hat of to you!
We were greatly impressed by the following features:
The elegant and simple minimalist construction techniques
The appropriate use of modern technology
Excellent potential for scalability of size
The extraordinary and beautiful aesthetics of the design
A wonderfully low overall weight
Fantastic build and optical quality
The extreme elegance of the design geometry
I believe real practical benefits for owners of this telescope will result
Superb ease of use (the scope you use most is the easiest one to use!)
Fantastic portability. This is critically important to modern Astronomers
Wonderfully low weight. No problem for air travel to dark skies here
Simple to assemble and easy to use. This scope welcomes the newcomer!!!
Large aperture. For extreme versatility and deep sky capability
Fits the modern lifestyle. Easy storage and transport, used by all the family
In conclusion let me say you have made a thing of great beauty in this instrument. It has beauty of purpose and of construction. You will know that
astronomers often fall somewhat in love with the instruments that connect them so fundamentally with the Universe. Keen observers own many scopes
and are eager to share their knowledge with others. They consider this a wonderful if not beautiful experience. In this sense you have a product which
is easy to love. I predict this product will have passionate Champions!
I hope you are able to protect your design and find in this special place which is Cambridge those who can help you bring this design to the market.
Those who do help will help not only you, but generations of astronomers to come. Those who understand their shared duty in helping humankind
know our wonderful planet and its greater place in the space environment.
From our life experience, including many years in design and manufacture, we know that there is a long way to go before you can sell the scope
commercially. Your determination so far, working with limited resources, shows you have the passion and will to succeed.
If there is any way in which I can further assist your endeavours please let me know and I will do all I can to make help available.
To further indicate the level of belief I have in your future success please let me be the first to order one of you production telescopes when they become available.
Again many thanks and our very best regards,
Barry Crellin ( and on behalf of Brian Lister)
Cambridge Astronomical Association
"... I am amazed at how stable the scope is for such a lightweight structure.
Vibrations damp very quickly after movement, and collimation holds effectively.
My only concern is that azimuth motion is slightly sticky with the additional
counterbalance. I may need to add some lubrication to the azimuth surface.
The optics are very good. I have had excellent images even in fairly bright
suburban skies. I look forward to taking it to a truly dark site. Coma is
minimal despite the fast focal ratio. I have not need to use a Paracorr yet.
Setup and takedown are becoming very easy now that I have had practice.
be very impressed when I show up at the next star party with this scope in the
backpack. Based only on some e-mail discussions, I have already been asked to
write a short article about it for the Minnesota Astronomical Society newsletter
Overall, I am very impressed with the instrument. You have done an excellent
job designing and building it.
I just got back from the Winter
Star Party 2010 in Florida and using the Mountain
12". My simple summary is fantastic, excellent,
superb. I had the
best time using this scope and found its performance to be
assumed with a travel scope this light and simple, there would be
and performance would be tolerable to trade off on its
It turned out to be much, much better than just tolerable. It
really well and was so much fun. I will write up a full
and send it to you and am planning to do a review for Cloudy Nights if
OK with you.
I had no problem with the pole
assembly and everything else
worked perfectly. Easy to put together and take apart after I
had done it
once. I used the Ethos 8, 13, 17 and they were
perfect. Very easy
to travel with.
If the 16 works as good as the
12, then I will be so
Doug Dolginow, Maryland USA
|I was amazed how stable it was in the wind. It hardly wiggled at all...|
The scope has really proved itself and I am very happy with it! Again, thanks so much for all your help and understanding. You have made this 70 year old lady very happy.
Susan Girard, Hawaii USA Member of the Hawaiian Astronomical Society
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