November 8, 2014, Shrewsbury, NJ—Waite Research has once again expanded their line of Renegade telescopes, introducing a 12” f/4.5 model. The new telescope is offered at a price of only $3,999. As with all Waite Research Renegade telescopes, the 12” will feature a premium Waite Research mirror and the top-end Starlight Instruments Feather Touch focuser, both as standard equipment. With the 54” focal length on this 12” mirror, this newest Renegade offers exquisite views of Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon, as well as open clusters, nebulae and galaxies. And the portability of this instrument will make it your favorite scope to pull out for those quick driveway and front-lawn sessions.
Gordon, Renee and Emerson traveled to the 2013 Staunton River Star Party
Gordon: Since 2010, I have been posting mirror-making videos on YouTube. This week, my YouTube channel passed a nice milestone, with the celebration of my 1000th subscriber! With about 30 videos, my channel has accumulated over 340,000 views. I am pleased that my videos are so popular!
I began my mirror-making career way back in the 1960’s and remember how difficult it was to learn the craft. While I had the best teachers, such as Jean Texereau, Albert Ingalls, and Allyn Thompson, their advice and help came through a single path, the written word. And I still remember the difficulty of learning how to pour a pitch lap or interpret a Foucault shadow with just a few paragraphs of prose to help.
With the advent of YouTube, I have found a great way to give back to the Amateur Telescope Making community by contributing DIY videos on the trials and tribulations of mirror making. Over the last few years I have been delighted to find that those videos have become a wonderful two-way street. I now have ATM friends all over the world.