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In the Shop (or maybe out of it)

This is where we show some of the projects that I have been working on around the shop, from new mirrors to refigures, we try to teach a few things about optics, and we show some other stories and other random topics that are well "outside the shop", but that we think people might be interested in.  A telescope showcase might consume some of these stories in the future, but for now they have landed here.  Enjoy.


Mar. 21, 2017 - A telescope built in France....
April 2017 - A telescope built in Sakha Yakutia
Mar. 30, 2017 - It takes a village....
May 2017 - A StarStructure in England
Apr. 3, 2017 - Correcting incorrect correction....

Jan. 5, 2016 - Outside another shop....
June 10, 2016 - Upgrading a 16"
Jan. 10, 2016 - After the work is done Nov. 7, 2016 - 20" f/3.0 cell mods, support points

Jan. 18, 2015 - Comet Lovejoy Aug. 24, 2015 - A unique mirror
Jan. 25, 2015 - Phase-shifting interferometry
Oct. 4, 2015 - Bad and good - optical roulette

Oct. 8, 2014 - One little victory.... Oct 16, 2014 - 50" telescope dedication
Oct. 9, 2014 - Lunar eclipse Oct. 23, 2014 - Partial solar eclipse

Jan. 12, 2013 - Mirrors down under
April 25, 2013 - A very good telescope
Jan. 20, 2013 - A 42" tuneup Nov. 22, 2013 - Not made in the USA
Mar. 8, 2013 - Giant, one-time photo opportunity Nov. 25, 2013 - Bad luck all the way around
Mar. 22, 2013 - Comet Pan-Starrs Dec. 18, 2013 - A half-baked secondary mirror

Apr. 8, 2012 - An 18" in rough shape, literally July 1, 2012 - Undercorrection is not the answer
Apr. 23, 2012 - Just outside the shop - faint aurora July 10, 2012 - Big Blue gets a new 36" f/6.3 mirror
May 1, 2012 - Just outside the shop - tornado!
Sept. 15, 2012 - Testing a 20" and a 4.0" m.a. flat
June 26, 2012 - Not up to my standards - a 16", Part 2 Nov. 18, 2012 - A 20" f/3.0 and a 30" f/3.0 are born
June 28, 2012 - Venus Transit of 2012 and a side trip
Dec. 10, 2012 - A 50" f/4 is born

Jan. 3, 2011 - Refiguring a 24" Aug. 2, 2011 - Different tests for different defects - 18"
Jan. 16, 2011 - An example of deceptive interferometry Aug. 13, 2011 - Why look at the back of a mirror...
Apr. 1, 2011 - Unfortunately NOT an April Fool's joke
Sept. 10, 2011 - Strain testing in the digital age
May 1, 2011 - Outside the shop Nov. 18, 2011 - How NOT to pack a mirror (v1.0)
May 23, 2011 - Way, way, WAY outside the shop.... Nov. 19, 2011 - How to pack a mirror (my way)
July 28, 2011 - Back in the shop, in a crate Nov. 22, 2011 - Early Christmas present
Aug. 1, 2011 - Different tests for different defects - 10"
Nov. 27, 2011 - Not up to my standards - a 16", Part 1

Early 2010 -  The new shop Oct. 12, 2010 - 1200 lbs., Part 1: Delivery
July 25, 2010 - Refiguring a 25" F/4.2 and a 4.5" flat Nov. 1, 2010 - 1200 lbs., Part 2: Kind of Blue
Aug. 9, 2010 - A busy shipping day
Nov. 14, 2010 - Refiguring a 14"
Sept. 27, 2010 - One day, four different substrates!




Please check back for future installements of "In the Shop".

Mike Lockwood
Lockwood Custom Optics


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