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Location: St. Louis, MO

Beginning wood worker and amateur astronomer and telesope maker.

-- Jerry L.

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commented on David & Goliath, ... refurbishing #8 & #6 Stanley/Bailey "sweethearts" 1461 days ago
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#1 posted 2681 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. There are lots of knowledgeable and friendly folks here. Try the shuffle feature if you have not already. It is a great way to see some of the older content. Enjoy the site.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 2681 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Jerry look for Red Messanger.

His name is Ethan and he’s from St Louis

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 2681 days ago

Thanks for the welcome. I’ll put some projects up soon.

-- Jerry L.

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#4 posted 2681 days ago

JerryL, Welcome to Lumberjocks. I have a meade ETX and I am grinding an 8 inch mirror. Check out drbytes profile. He is also an amateur astronomer.

-- John

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#5 posted 2681 days ago


Here’s a link to my baby:

I don’t have any construction pics but let me just say it took almost 5 months to see first light and I didn’t grind the mirror!

What are you planning for your 8”? If there’s one thing I love it’s planning a telescope project.

-- Jerry L.

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#6 posted 2681 days ago

I checked out your post of the “astro-scan” scope, Nice. I commented there that I have been thinking of a split ring design. I really thought that I would like to have equatorial instead of just alt/az for this one, but other people I have talked to say that the split rings can pose other problems…Your eight inch rotating dob is beautiful. You really took your time and did a great job. I appreciate your comment about spending more time look at the telescope than through it as it is the same here in Massachusetts. You get so many cloudy nights, and then oh! stars! but drat, the transparency is lousy….not to mention either the cold or the mosquitoes…pick one…

-- John

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#7 posted 2681 days ago

We had someone in the club just complete a split ring. The whole project only took him 40 years. Apparently he’s a procrastinator ;-). My issue with the split ring is the tight clearances needed to make the scope move through the ring and that the ring is usually so large it would seem to get in the way when looking towards zenith. That doesn’t mean they don’t work, just be on the lookout. I’ve got an equatorial platform ready to go – sans motor drive. I can’t get the stepper motors to stop vibrating at tracking speed. I need to gear it down and I just can’t get motivated to complete that one.

-- Jerry L.

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#8 posted 2681 days ago


-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 2673 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks we’re glad you could make it. Enjoy your stay.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 2673 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks!


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#11 posted 2672 days ago

Great to have you with us Jerry.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 2528 days ago

Since you live in St. Louis, I’d like to invite you to come to meetings of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild. We have about 110 members, most being amateur weekend woodworkers. You can learn about the SLWG from our website at The time/location for meetings is on the website. Look me up if you come to a meeting. I have some interest in sundials, so maybe your telescope activities might have some intersection of mutual interest. Don Snyder, VP SLWG

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#13 posted 1953 days ago

Happy Anniversary. In a few days you will have been a Lumber Jock for 2 years! Thanks for your participation.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#14 posted 1589 days ago

Well, another year has rolled by. It must have been a fun year because it seems like yesterday when I congratulated you on be a LJ for 2 years. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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