Over my many years business I have accumulated and made many different special items for the astronomy field.
In order to place a custom order with Ed Byers please feel free to contact him via Email or Phone and he will be more than pleased to discuss any and all questions you might have regarding his products.
29001 US HWY. 58
Barstow CA, 92311
(760) 221 2127
Byers Series III Mounting
These beautiful German Equatorial Mountings can be supplied on special order to suit the customers requirements. They are variable latitude and can be used anywhere. They have full GOTO drives. The Polar gears are 18-inches in diameter, providing the highest tracking accuracy.
Please contact Ed Byers for cost and further information.
One meter, 3 science package telescope optics set
Edward R. Byers Co. is offering the following one meter class telescope mirror set:
Optical configuration: Cassegrain
Optics design: Ritchey Chretien F-13.2
Primary diameter: 41 inches
This optics set is unique as it can support 3 separate science packages..!
Typical science packages can be, but is not limited to visible spectrum, Infra-red and spectroscopy, both visible and infrared.
The truss is designed to support two science packages mounted inside the elevation axis bearing hubs, each with an available clear inner diameter of 8 inches. The rotatable tertiary diagonal selects one of these positions. Removal of the diagonal allows the converging light cone to focus approximately on axis and just forward of the primary surface supporting the third science package up to 8 inched diameter.
Removal of the diagonal is performed easily by use of a permanent gantry hoist integral to the optical truss assembly that also safely stores it from damage and contamination.
Supporting engineering designs and fabrication:
This project was started by John Gregory but never completed. John and his wife were taken in an automobile accident and the project was mothballed. Edward Buyers became owner of the present equipment,
The following people have been and still are involved and available for completion of this project and are listed below:
Edward Byers: Equipment owner, including gear drives
Mike Jones: Field corrector design and manufacture
David Windisch: Truss design, manufacture assembly, system alignment
Sidereal Technologies: Drive electronics
This beautiful 41-inch Ritchey telescope mirror, with Cassegrain secondary and Tertiary mirrors, makes up a complete optical system. This is a rare find. The 41-inch primary is made of Zerodur. The Cassegrain and Tertiary mirrors are made of Quartz (fused silica). This optical system was a life-long dream of the famous optical engineer, John Gregory. For those who may be contemplating the construction of a world-class, research observatory telescope, either for private use, or a teaching instrument for a college or university, Byers is available to offer additional assistance in design manufacturing of a fully functional instrument.
Comments from Mike I. Jones optical engineer:
“Yes, good old John Gregory and his wife Carolyn died in a car accident in November of 2009. John had wonderful plans for these mirrors, and would be happily viewing through them by now if he were still alive. The mirrors were made by an optical shop in Arizona, and these are the final fabricated values for the three mirrors John obtained from the shop. OSLO file of actual fabricated values is attached.
Though the conical primary is perforated, John chose to mount it on an altazimuth mount with Nasmyth focus. He had a flat tertiary made to fold the light out ahead of the primary and along the elevation axis. As I recall the diagonal tertiary mirror has a 7" minor axis. It also has roughly a 1/2" hole cored through it to facilitate laser alignment.
I designed a 3-element broadband field corrector for this mirror set that John planned to build after he got the basic instrument up and running. It gives <0.5 arc-second imagery over the 0.38-0.95µm spectral band over a 7" diameter truly flat field. I can post that design sometime if anyone that buys the mirror set is interested.”
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The BYERS SERIES IV German Equatorial heavy-duty mounting is truely unique. The beautiful mountings have 24" Bronze polar gears and Bronze Declination gears. They have high-resolution encoders on both axes, with GOTO driving systems. The variable latitude can be set to operate almost anyplace in the world.
Please contact Ed Byers for more information.
41 " Ritchey-Chrétien Mirror W/ Secondary & Tertiary
One meter telescopes are very much in demand to study Earth crossing comets, asteroids, meteors and other objects that might impact the Earth.
These 41" Ritchey-Chretien telescope optics present a unique opportunity to add an important instrument to the scientific community.
This picture shows the 41" mirror supported by a Kevlar insert (shown in green). The Kevlar is stronger than steel and is much lighter than steel.
This insert supports the total weight of the mirror and is bolted to a 3/4" aluminum plate, which in turn would be bolted to the bottom tube assembly.
Because the mirror is tapered, no floatation support is required.
Unlike any metal support, Kevlar has a very low thermal expansion, making it ideal as a rigid support for this 480-lb. low expansion mirror.
The insert and aluminum plate has been completely machined and is included as a part of the mirror assembly.
This beautiful telescope was to be my retirement instrument. After over 60 years in the astronomy field, this telescope was to be for my personal observatory. I worked on it for over five years, with several hundred hours of machine shop time. I now have about $130,000 invested in this project. The 27.5" quartz mirror blank was ground and polished at a cost of $8,000. At today's cost, the mirror alone would be over $50,000. The total cost of the complete tube assembly would be around $150,000.
Because I am now over 90 years old and have health problems, I realize I will never be able to complete the project. This is a rare find for anyone wanting to build a first-class observatory.
I have decided to lower the selling price to $60,000.
This research-grade telescope has all quartz optics, with the tube totally enclosed to protect the optics from the elements when not in use. Only the tube assembly is offered for sale.
This instrument would be ideal for a college or advanced amateur astronomer. It was designed and manufactured by Ed Byers. The 27.5" quartz mirror is supported by an 18-point floatation system. It can be used with two different configurations --- f-15 Cassegrain or f-4 Newtonian.
The telescope can be inspected in Barstow, California, by any serious buyer.
Call: Ed Byers at (760)221-2127 -- Cell, if you have questions.