William Jones from West Palm Beach, Florida sent us this
picture to show us "just how much I love my 11" Shorty!"
Schmidt gets ready for another night of observing, this time at the
2001 Great Plains Star Party -- but it could have been anywhere. Ken
travels the country with his 14.5" observing whenever and wherever he
can. He's also become quite proficient at astrophotography through
his Starmaster with a Olympus digital camera. Check out one of
his award-winning pictures by clicking
here! (flash plug-in required)
Dean Von Puch is all smiles standing next to his new 30" f/4.3
Starmaster at the 2001 Great Plains Star Party. Dean and his wife
Rita drove up from St. Petersburg, FL to attend the Starmaster
reunion. The views through the 30" Swayze Optics' mirror were
awesome, as was watching the Sky Tracker goto-then-track drive system
swing the large scope around.
VeDepo and his son Johnny are shown in their Pensacola, Fl back yard
with their 24" Starmaster. John's an "Old Timer" in
the hobby, getting his start when he and his father built an observatory
for his 6" reflector when he was 14 yrs old. Later, John attended the
University of Iowa where he studied under the head of the astronomy
department, James Van Allen.
Blackwell, from Houston,Tx. is shown here at the 2001 Texas Star Party
beside his 16" f/4.3 Starmaster. "I developed a serious
interest in astronomy four years ago after attending a MacDonald
Observatory Star Party with my boys. I enjoy both deep sky and planetary
observing. I recently sold my 10"EL after taking delivery of the
16". I also have a 4" and 2.5" refractor, which don't get
much use compared to the Starmaster."
Bill Schwittek of North Carolina writes, "I've always had
refractors (I have a 4" and 6" APO) but after a visit to Kitt
Peak last year I caught aperture fever and had to get a Starmaster! I LOVE
this scope. The GOTO is fantastic-works just like it should. I couldn't be
Gracey from Bradenton, FL took delivery of his new 11" ELT at the
2001 Winter Star Party held in the Florida Keys. Dave treated many
fellow astronomers to some awesome views of Jupiter and Saturn throughout
photo of Alson Wong and his 14.5" f/4.5 Starmaster was taken
in the San Bernardino mountains. He live in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and is
Vice President of the Riverside Astronomical Society. Check out his personal
Ron D'Oria from Ft. Lauderdale, FL is shown here with his 18"
Starmaster with Sky Tracker at the 2000 Highland's Stargaze.
Hays, from Bradenton, FL at the 2000 Winter Star Party, standing next
to his early 12.5" f/5.6 Starmaster with a Raycraft mirror.
Kent, with his dad Ralph's help (seated behind the scope), is well on his
way to completing his Herschel 400 (update -- Kent finished his Herschels
at the 2001 WSP!).
Menard, "Mr. Collimation" from Bradenton, FL, is shown here
at the 2000 Highland Stargaze with his 22" Starmaster with the Sky
Tracker system. If you learned to collimate from the booklet that
comes with the Tectron collimating tool, Vic was your teacher.
Harvey, a popular syndicated radio personality from from Orlando, FL,
is shown here assembling his 20" with Sky Tracker and Stabilite
Mirror at the 2000 Winter Star Party.
Muller writes: "19 months of Starmaster ownership and loving it,
here I am getting ready for yet another winter evening of deep sky
observing with my f/4.3 18" Starmaster in February, 2002. On this
night, I observed Hicksons 22, 33, 34, 43, and observed 5 galaxies
*within* the large and bright open cluster M44. Click
here for a full report."
Commander from Panama City Beach, Florida writes: "I have really
enjoyed my 20" Starmaster GOTO scope the past couple of years. I
modified the transport handles to accodate dual wheels on each handle. The
duallies really help a lot in this Florida sand and also make it a lot
easier to get the scope over obstacles such as driveways and doorway
photograph of Tom Dietz with the National Air and Space Museum's
14.5" f/4.5 Starmaster (Pegasus mirror) was taken July 22, 2001 at
Cherry Springs State Park in N. Pennsylvania. The little telescope
piggybacked on the mirror box is a 6" f/4.7 rich field newt that Tom
built as a substitute for giant binoculars. It was designed around the
31mm Nagler and provides a 3.4 degree FOV. When used with the proper
nebula filter it provides great views of large diffuse objects such as the
North America and California nebulae and the entire Cygnus Loop. It is
counterbalanced with ten pounds of Losmandy SCT counterweights mounted to
a Losmandy finder bracket shoe on the other side of the mirror box. With
proper balancing, the additional weight causes no pointing or tracking
problems whatsoever for the Sky Tracker drive. Note the look of sleep
deprivation on Tom's face as he prepare for a third straight all-nighter.
Kleppner sent us this picture of himself and his 24" Starmaster,
along with this note... "Here's a few pictures from CSSP. I'm the
tall, dark, good looking chiseled stud next to the huge scope."
Ludes, well know refractor and optics expert, is all smiles beside his
new 20" Starmaster with Sky Tracker goto-then-track drive system at
the 2001 Winter Star Party. Marcus says he will be keeping the
20" as his personal scope for a long time.
Culberson is shown here with his 18" and 10"
Starmaster. That's his custom astrostuffhauling trailer in the
background. Roland calls Lake Worth, Florida home, but he spends a lot of
time traveling around east and central Florida attending star parties or
just looking for that "perfect" dark sky observing spot.
Langoussis from Atlanta had an especially good time at the 2000 Great
Plains Star Party because it was his first outing with his brand new
24" Starmaster with a Pegasus mirror. He was ear-to-ear smiles all
week long (rumor has it he's still smiling!).
Setzer is from near Milwaukee, WI, and has enjoyed astronomy for more
than 15 years. He is show here at the 2000 Great Plains Star Party with
his 22" f/4.1Starmaster with the Sky Tracker goto-then-track drive
system. Jeff has been editing the Northern
Cross Science Foundation's newsletter off and on for more than 10
years, and is currently president of the group.
Honis from Pennsylvania and his 20" Starmaster with Sky Tracker
at the Highland Stargaze. Gary also has a LX-200 set up just to the
left of his van that he uses for imaging.
Carl Zambuto from Rainier, Washington is shown here with his
16" f /4.5 Starmaster on a Tom Osypowski Equatorial platform.