VAO 4"  f/8.6 JAEGERS REFRACTOR OTA CONSTRUCTION

Jaegers 4"-inch f/8.25 Fully-Coated Mounted Achromatic Objective Lens. Front View. Jaegers 4"-inch f/8.25 Fully-Coated Mounted Achromatic Objective Lens. Side View. Aluminum tubing for the OTA. Finder and Focuser. Scope in a box. Used to determined the focal length. Cutting the tube to size. The aluminum tube cut to size.
Test fit of the focuser onto the tube. Rings used to mount the Dew Cap to the tube. The dew cap and main tube test fitted. Flocking of the dew cap. View down the flocked tube from the objective end. View down the flocked tube from the focuser end. The completed unpainted OTA.
                                                       

The above assemblage of thumbnails depict the step-by-step build process of the Vega Sky Centers VAO 4" f/8.6 'Jaegers' Refractor optical tube assembly preparation as constructed by me Gary Barabino of the VSC-1. In a series of two parts, I will provide a general overview of the telescopes construction. Part 1 of 2 will focuser mostly on main tube preparation. To start the tour, please click on the first image (upper-left.) Each thumbnail accessed will provide a larger photo including a caption note. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at: 

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