Telescope Atlanta is pleased to announce the T1 series of Ultra Light Dobsonian Telescopes. David Roberts, telescope designer/engineer, and Dan Llewellyn, owner/engineer, have combined their talents to offer the T1-16, a futuristic minimalist dob which pound for pound packs the best performance of any telescope in production. Sporting a 16 inch F 4.1 mirror, the focal length is 64 and one half inches, and the entire scope comes in at an amazing 69 pounds, making it the lightest 16 inch dob we know of. The heaviest piece for transport is the mirror cell, which is 39 pounds and easily carried by one person.
There were 4 goals in the design of the T1-16. The first was to have the size to be manageable for one person. This includes the weight and the ease of assembly. In less than 5 minutes, one can lift the scope out of the vehicle, assemble, and be ready for observing. The second goal was convenience of transport. We wanted the scope to fit in a sub compact car, so one could drive to their favorite star party or observing site and take the vehicle that gets the best gas mileage. A further benefit is the elimination of the ladder for most people. No more transport worries, or fear of being up on a ladder late at night. A person 5 foot 3 inches need no ladder at the zenith with the T1-16. The third was a clean, professional design for the best looking telescope around. No plywood or laminate, the final production model will have all aluminum and ABS marine board, Take a look, and we think you will agree, there is nothing like the T1-16. It is truly a work of beauty. The fourth goal was performance. Only the finest mirrors from the top mirror makers are used in the T1-16. An inverted 4 vane spider and a 3.1 secondary provide spectacular planetary and deep sky views.
At the Mid South Star Party, the T1-16 debuted to ooohs and aaahs and was a crowd favorite. Preliminary pricing is $5995 for the base model (baffle and shroud are included), $8995 with Argo Navis and ServoCat Junior installed for goto and tracking.
For further information, contact Dan Llewellyn at Telescope Atlanta, 404-735-9661.