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If you're considering a different look for your telescope,
Baltic Birch is a great wood for stains and varnishes. The
telescopes on this page each have a custom color. In all cases,
the color were added by the owner themselves.
I built the telescope, but "unfinished". That is, each scope was
completed, tested and ready to use. I find sanded the wood
components but did not apply any varnish finish. The telescope
was then stained and varnished by the owner (at their
I do offer custom colors as an option. These "Miniwax" colors
are just a sample of those available in any good hardware store.
If you'd like me to apply the custom color for you, I'm glad to
do so. Here's the procedure:
- If you'd like, I'll send you sample wood pieces. Go to
the hardware store and find the color you like, then test it
on the sample wood. Once you've made your selection,
let me know the color -- I'll apply it for you, or
- Select the color from chart to the left and let me know
I'll apply 3 to 5 coats of the color then finish the coated wood
with a hard varnish finish to protect.
Costs: All sizes, $250.00
Here's a beautifully executed 10" kit assembled by Ron in Stafford
A beautiful example of a
13.1" ETT (Easy Travel Telescope)
assembled from one of our kits by Bob C in Homer Glen, Illinois.
Bob's use of 3-tone coloring makes the telescope look
Read the full text of
Bob's comments and see more
Completed November 2009
A 14" F5 telescope with a
Hubble Optics sandwich mirror for Ron in Franklin, Indiana. Ron
asked that I left the wood unfinished so he could stain and
varnish it himself.
Delivered in April 2009.
More photos here.
Here's the result of some fine craftsmanship. I built a 10" kit
for Fred in Bloomington Indiana and delivered it in November
2008. A couple of months later, Fred assembled a beautiful 10" telescope.
A kit is a great way to go and, in this case, Fred applied a
custom color before the final assembly.
Telescope completed by
Yogesh in Pleasanton California. In this telescope, Yogesh
applied a custom color with a "one step stain and
varnish". The final result is really beautiful.
Yogesh, Pleasanton, CA.
(note: Yogesh lives close
by and asked if he could come over and participate in the
building of a scope for his 12.5" mirror. You can see
building his scope here).
||"Bill Shea Brooklyn, New
York, assembled this 10" telescope and applied a darker stain.
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