A Trip To Tucson.

I had some business to attend to in Pheonix this weekend, but afterwards I moved on to Tucson for a visit.

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Luckily, I was able to stop by and see one of my favorite telescope manufacturers.  Once we entered we were asked if we wanted a tour!  Dreams do come true!

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Here is the grinding machines for the large telescopes.

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The mirror coating machine that they recently purchased.

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The main grinding room.

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Blanks waiting to be transformed.

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35mm and 60mm grinding machines waiting for blanks.

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The blanks attached to base ready to be ground to perfection.

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An early stage etalon ready to move on down the line.

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The etalon is sandwiched between two blanks with tiny, tiny, tiny spacers less than .000005mm!

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Ye Olde Optics Shop!  Yeah!

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All the parts starting to come together.

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Parts waiting to ship.

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Completed 60mm solar scope waiting for pickup by their new owners.

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A lone 100mm scope amid the 60mm scopes ready and waiting.

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A microscope to place the spacers.

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The spacers are made from pieces of a larger piece.  Literally, they just break off little pieces of the blank and place them to create the air gap necessary for the solar scope to work correctly.

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Handing over an etalon!

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Checking for perfection using a standard light emitter.

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The business end of a Lunt Solar Scope ready for testing.

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One last check, and Lunts are go!

You can find out more about these amazing solar scopes here.

Tomorrow, Kitt Peak!

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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