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CDK17 – Final Assembly

Those who follow the thread on CloudyNights have probably seen most of the pictures in this post already but here’s the final write up on the design and construction of my 17″ CDK. I received the optics about 9 months … Continue reading

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Z-One – Exterior Construction

Well, it took me over 6 months to start blogging about the construction of the observatory. I did post quite a few pictures on Cloudynights and Astrosurf though. Anyway, Z-one is the name I chose for my (first) observatory. It … Continue reading

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CDK17 – Optics shipped!

My Optics are ready and are shipping! I should have them within 4 weeks. I received the final optical specs (namely spacing between the different elements) which will allow me to finalize the structure. I found that the front of … Continue reading

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EQ-Z – Introduction

At this time, the 17″ CDK is ready for the optics which won’t be there for a few months. I spent the last few weeks finalizing the design of the equatorial mounting and other than for a couple of details, … Continue reading

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CDK17 – Ready for the optics

I finalized the assembly of the 17″ tonight. This pretty much concludes all the work I will be able to do on the CDK before the optics get here. This may take several months before they actually arrive, so I … Continue reading

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CDK17 – Lower Cage

Here’s a quick update of the Lower Cage assembly of my 17″ CDK. It’s basically just the rear and mid assembled together. The only new part is the lower cage shroud. It’s made of a single layer of carbon/kevlar fiber … Continue reading

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CDK17 – Mid Cell

The Mid Cell in my design is a large square plate that supports the load from the secondary assembly. It seas the greatest mechanical stress in the whole design. For this reason, I made sure it would be stiff enough … Continue reading

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CDK17 – Rear Cell

Like the three cells in my design, the Rear Cell or Backplate is a fairly big part. It is designed to support the weight of the primary mirror and its mirror cell. It also acts as User Interface. For instance, … Continue reading

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CDK17 – Introduction

Well before I even started acquiring Astronomy equipment I was already dreaming of one day designing and building my own robotic telescope. Few weeks back I had the opportunity to begin this project so I just started working on this. Astro … Continue reading

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