by Tom McGowan

  • 12.5-inch, f5 and f/6 Swayze optics
  • 2-inch JMI Crayford focuser model NGF-3
  • ProtoStar spider/diagonal and  9-point mirror cell
  • Truss tubes covered with heat-shrink protective anti-glare coating
  • No-tools  diagonal collimation thumbscrews
  • No-tools primary collimation thumbscrews
  • Integrated 4-position filter slide
  • Adjustable Altitude Bearing to compensate for eyepieces of different weights
  • "Wheelbarrow" transport handles
  • Heated diagonal with LED pilot 
  • Primary cooling fan
  • Ebony Star on Teflon bearings
  • Nesting of all three components (Rocker box, Mirror box, and Upper cage) for compact portability
  • Dovetail joined mahogany stained ½-inch Birch plywood
  • Go-To encoder ready axes