20" OD carbon fiber sandwich core tube

The first 16" f5 telescope that Oceanit built using a carbon fiber, sandwich cored tube (produced by Dream and fitted with one of Dream's 20" dovetail plate(s) ) is shown to the right. The only carbon fiber used for these initial units were in the tubes that Dream produced. Oceanit used full-thickness optics and metal for the other components of this telescope. The primary mirror alone weighs 36 lbs. The telescope shown weighs approximately 110 lbs.

The telescope is shown at Haleakala in Hawaii.

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Built for client's: 16" f5 IR Cassegrain
Tube length: 26.4"/671mm.
Tube weight: 15.4lbs/7.0 kg.

To the left is the prototype tube for the IR system of telescopes that will track satellites for the US Air Force.

The benefit of this profile is that Dream's 20" dovetail plate(s) are all that is needed to connect the telescope tube to a mount (German EQ or Fork). Thus eliminating the drawbacks of rings.


This is the same tube profile that Dream pioneered on the 16" f3.75 Dream Astrograph.

The client's graphics show the carbon fiber tube below the glossy white paint.

1st article shipped to customer 12/07. 2nd article shipped 5/08.




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