18" Maxx

This is the Maxx telescope with the shrud covering the poles. It's a 18" f/4.89 Dob that is likely the largest telescope that I will ever make. It had first Light in February 2010. It's now has wheelbarrow handles and due to it's size and weight I use it mostly in the back yard

16" Mini Maxx

This is the little brother of the Maxx. The Mini Maxx telescope is a 16" f/4.66 Dob that is a little smaller and a lot lighter than the 18". The mirror is only 1" thick and the Baltic Birch plywood is mostly 1/2" thick (trunnions are 3/4" thick). This is my star party telescope. The Mini Maxx had First Light on 1/7/2019

12.5" Griffin

This is a 12.5" f/5.25 named 'Griffin'. it saw first light on February 6th, 2005 - only 3 days before a star party it was attending (ready or not). Whew! I took what I learned building on the 8" and made it bigger This is my primary public observing scope and as of 2020 more than 4000 (some nights it's difficult to keep track) people have looked through this telescope.

11" C11

This is the Celestron 11" f/10 on a Losmandy G11 mount. I usually only set it up for multi-day star parties. I can't say enough good things about this scope and the mount. It's also the only telescope and mount combo that I bought (I also bought a 3.5 refractor further down).

8" Fritz

I made the primary mirror, spider and the scope itself and I'm pretty happy with my first ATM attempt. It's a great wide-field scope with decent light gathering in a fairly short tube form. Set-up is a snap since there's only two pieces and this has become my one-night-stand scope of choice and great for Halloween night. I enjoyed the optics making part of this enough that it was followed up with a 12.5", 18" and 16"

3.5" Megrez 80

This is the Megrez 80 (3.5") f/5 refractor on a home-made mount. I bought it initially for a trip to New Mexico, but it has been great for lunar and solar viewing. The Messier objects views were far better than I expected with this little scope. The tube is built like a tank also.