Bright-Eye Telescopes

Bright-Eye Telescopes

Launch on the easiest route to the stars: POINT AND LOOK! See the BIG PICTURE: the richest, widest, most contrasty view. Wow, now!

 

WHAT WE WILL MAKE:

Launch on the easiest route to the stars: POINT AND LOOK! Bright-Eye sets up in 15 seconds, the fastest of any telescope. Find targets the easiest and fastest of any newcomer’s telescope. THE BIG PICTURE: see the richest, widest, most contrasty view, not the dim wobbly frustration of toy-department scopes. Bright-Eye is compact, stable, portable, rugged … and cute. It comes with everything a newcomer needs to begin skywatching. Wow, now! See objects more than 50 million light-years away.

Ages 10-100 (younger and older too, if assisted).

WHAT YOU CAN SEE

… visually through the eyepiece.  Not the familiar gaudy time-exposures, usually taken through very large telescopes.  There’s nothing like seeing the objects live and in person, for an inspirational dose of reality.

Moon Craters and Mountains
Moon Craters and Mountains
Lots of Sisters, Not Just 7
New stars are born in the Orion Nebula
New stars are born in the Orion Nebula
Andromeda Galaxy, 2.4 million l.y. away
Andromeda Galaxy, 2.4 million l.y. away

BRIGHT–EYE MODELS

All come with a manual, which is also online.

  • NEWCOMER MODEL: Everything you need to get started: complete telescope, base, dust-cap, dew shield, eyepiece, skywatching book, and carrying strap.
  • CHECK-OUT MODEL, for libraries, clubs, and classes to check out. Complete telescope and carrying strap. For people using it unsupervised, we make pieces harder to lose: we bolt the eyepiece in, and tether the base, dew shield, and dust-cap with wires. Such groups already have skywatching books so we don’t make them buy another.
  • QUICK-GRAB MODEL: a “second” telescope for experienced observers, when the occasion doesn’t call for big equipment. Complete telescope, base, dust-cap, dew shield, and carrying strap. Such people already have their own eyepieces and skywatching books so we don’t make them buy more.
  • The OPTICAL TUBE ASSEMBLY (including eyepiece focuser) is a useful component to add to large telescopes as a finder, and for photographers to use as a “telephoto lens”. It can also be a long-distance microscope. For technically-advanced users who already have the fittings, mountings, eyepieces, and skywatching books they prefer, so we don’t make them buy more.
Dust Cap
Dust Cap

WHAT COLORS WOULD YOU LIKE?

We expect to be able to make each telescope shell in 2 colors.  The colors of molten plastic should flow into one another.  Please tell us (using “Comments”) a pair of colors you especially prefer.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Newtonian reflector telescope. The optical system was invented by Isaac Newton.

  • Clear aperture: 4 1/8 inches = 105 mm
  • Focal ratio: f/4.2
  • Focal length: 17 1/2 inches = 445 mm, paraboloidal mirror
  • Field of View: 3 degrees, the whole width of Orion’s belt.
  • Sphere: 10 inches diameter = 254 mm
  • Cylinder: 6 inches diameter = 152 mm
  • Weight: about 12 pounds = 5.5 kg
  • Shells will be made in different, contrasting colors, mixing in different places and patterns. The shell, tube, and base all made of ABS terpolymer.
  • Optically-flat window, optically-flat diagonal mirror

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