Just the right size!
My name is Ed Taychert and I
have the best job in the world - I build telescopes. I've been building telescopes for myself
and friends for over 35 years. A 1969 total eclipse of the
through my home town and the
experience lit a fire under me that hasn't gone out yet. I built
three more telescopes during high school. Building and
designing telescopes was so much fun to me that I ended up going to the
only college in the country at the time that had an undergraduate
program in optics. I hung out in the optics shop when I could and, in
addition to learning about geometrical and physical optics in class, I
learned a bit out optical fabrication and testing as well. In my first
job as an Optical Engineer, I worked on optical design software and
designed a spectrograph that was built and launched into space by the
Cool, huh? My engineering background led to opportunities in the
computer aided design and manufacturing boom of the 1980's, the digital
imaging boom of the 1990's and then, more abstractly, in technology
development and process management. Through it all, I remained an
amateur astronomer and while I didn't grind my own mirrors like I did
in high school and college, I still built my own telescopes.
I confess that I
developed a raging case of "aperture fever," the desire for larger and
larger telescopes. Early on, I did work with
astrophotography because I knew that you never see what you saw in
the professional pictures. But I learned that the bigger the scope you
closer you got. I went to a 10" to a 16" to a 20" and began work on a
26" scope... it became obvious to me as I wondered whether a 26"
telescope would fit into my van that I was moving way past the point of ease
of every day use. As a study, I built a light-weight
(90 pounds) 18" telescope. That 90 pounds was less then what the O-ther
15" scope weighed but still more than what I and felt most folks would
move on a regular basis. I sought to optimize "the view" and
"usability." As a result I designed what I think is the ultimate
telescope: The 62 pound 14" Tscope Ultralight. Now, six years later, my
18" scope is largely unused and my 26" project is stalled because I've
and learned that it's true: 14
inches is just the right size.
That's not to say that there
aren't special reasons for other sizes of telescopes (and I love to
make them too,) but the 14" ultralight sits in a sweet spot of
usability. Visually, it's a stunning jump up from a 10" telescope and
in many cases the Tscope Ultralight weighs less and is more portable
than other smaller telescopes. (Why? Because is was designed and
rather than just "built" as a copy of other telescopes.) Naturally,
it's much more portable than the much heavier and expensive 15" scopes
out there as well. Yet, visually, the difference in views between at
14" scope and a 15" scope is barely noticeable to difficult to
see. If you're considering a mid-sized dobsonian telescope, the 14"
Tscope Ultralight is the best choice that you can make.
contacted some suppliers and vendors and bounced some ideas off folks
in the amateur astronomy community... the ideas looked good ...
so I brought together that I had been learning to do for 35 years: I
made a great telescope design, a business plan and a manufacturing
I turned my 800 square foot commercial workshop into
a 14" telescope making factory. Because I wouldn't be making telescopes
in 2 inch increments, I wouldn't suffer the overhead of tearing down
setting up different jigs for each order. Even so, I realized that I
could send some of the work to local craftsmen to optimize quality and
I am particularly proud of that: not only does this improve the quality
your telescope, but it also helps the local community. Please
think that your 14 inch TScope is mass produced though. I may make or
the parts for a few scopes at once, but I still check 100% of the
and assemble each and every telescope by hand. The result is that
compared to the other offerings out there, the 14
inch TScope Ultralight is a quality instrument that is worth more
than it costs. And I'd love to build one for you! - Ed
I am committed to complete and total privacy and will not divulge any
information for any reason about customers, inquirers, folks that
email, drop by or call, employees or vendor personnel or anyone else
except as required to by law or with prior consent.
appreciate your interest in Taychert Telescopes and your
about its products and services. Please feel free to contact me in the
manner most convenient to you:
Hours: M-F 9am to 6pm. Sat 9am to 1pm.
Please note: Tscopes is closed on Sundays, for
and for star parties that I attend. I will not be able to answer phone
calls or email
during those times. Thank you. - Ed.
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