Repeat Award Winner, #6, Jan., 2001, is
Prof. R. A. Greiner, aka Doc G.
Award winner #5, Summer, 1999, is
Award winner #4, Winter, 1999, is
Award winner #3, Fall, 1998, i
s Michael Hart
Award winner #2, Summer, 1998, is
Prof. R. A. Greiner, aka Doc G.
Take a look at his certificate.
Award winner #1, Winter, 1998, is Ed Stewart
Rob Preston of Pittsburgh, PA,
decided to create this traveling OMT (Occasional Mapugger of the Time)
award for those who make a contribution to MAPUG beyond the occasional
post. He is a highly skilled craftsman and quite a humorous guy as you
will see from his photos of AstroBarbie and her LX200.
I'm very proud to be award winner #1
and look forward to selecting the next person to enjoy the company of
AstroBarbie and her wonderful 8" LX200. To tour the other photos,
select from the hot spots in the banner graphic above. BTW, AstroBarbie
is fitted with a belt for riding the fork arms in place of the optical
For those who would like a detailed
description of the award scope, go to the Construction link above and
for my personal impressions, here is my post from 2/4/98:
Hi guys, this is Ed Stewart--
Just opened up the OMT Award that Rob Preston constructed
for my efforts in putting together the Mapug Topical Archive. It is so
incredibly beautiful in its detail and accuracy that I spent over 15 minutes
examining it and discovering new features that defy my construction skills.
I will try to describe it here tonight and will take it to school tomorrow
to make a digital photo to post for all to enjoy.
First off, I decide to open the large envelope that came
separately. As I grip the heavy card to pull it out of the envelope, I
jump back as it starts talking to me! Astro Barbie wants to stay out all
night observing and then spend the day at the mall. If I was a tall as
she, I would have other plans for us than going to the mall.
I now turn my attention to the package--it arrived in
a hi-density plywood cube about 10" on a side with finger groove
joints and a top that aligns itself to the main base unit. Great woodwork,
but everything inside is hidden in protective wrap. There's Astro Barbie's
blond hair sticking out. I extract her and note the 7x50 binos around
her neck. Ok, let's get that LX200 out. Rolls and rolls of wrapping and
WOW, there's the blue tube with black mirror cell and fork arm assembly.
Unroll the next piece and there's a *fully* functional tripod. There's
a little roll left--and it revels a 9x60 straight through finder! They
all assemble just like the real thing. Believe that if I was to paste
a picture of a real person beside a picture of this model, most would
never notice it wasn't a full-size scope.
This may run on a bit, but if you're interested enough
to read some more, here's a top to bottom description of the detail:
*The finder has a front lens and I can actually look
thru it (no magnification, but that's OK!). The ring mount installs into
a bracket attached to the OTA. Each ring actually has 3 functional collimation
screws! The dew cap is even larger that the main finder body.
*The OTA has a front corrector lens held in place by
six screws in a retaining ring. The secondary holder has 3 collimation
screws and there's actually a secondary mirror (probably just a reflective
piece of metal or glass). The primary mirror has a central shaft that
the real one slides on and baffles the incoming light cone. The OTA attaches
to the fork arm bearings with separate molded plates w/2 attaching screws--just
like the real one.
*The light cone comes to 2" diagonal with removable
*The focuser knob has knurling on the last third.
*There's a handle with the proper bends in it attached
to the mirror cell under the diagonal.
*The OTA moves in RA and Dec w/lock knob on right fork
arm. The Dec has the manual adjustment knob w/knurling too.
*Fork arms have the carry handles.
*The Dec power cord and control paddle cord are spiral
*Base attaches to the tripod head with a threaded rod
from an amazingly real spreader assembly--even the reinforcing rib on
the bottom side of the spreader arms is thicker in the center tapering
to nothing as they reach the ends where the spreader arms bear against
the legs. Of course, there are eyepiece storage holes in it. The spreader
tightening knob is a 9-pt. star w/acorn nut on the end.
*The tripod legs can be extended with telescoping interior
sections w/rubber tips. There's two locking thumb screws w/caution not
to over tighten or there will be damage--just like Meade warns us! The
spread limiting rods at the bottom of the legs connect with a central
unit that allows each rod to pivot freely like the real one.
Guess that's enough in words. Hope the photo gives justice
to this work of art. Well, my enthusiasm is certainly increased by this.
Going to be tough to give up in a few months!
Can't tell you how honored I am by this Rob--Thank you!
You are one hell of a craftsman!