The Official Publication of the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association, Inc


VOL XV, NO 10w                                              OCTOBER 2000                                             Scott Petersen, Editor

© 2000 BMAA, Inc

A Few Stella-Della-Valley XIV Images

Photographs by Ray Talipsky and Scott Petersen








Astronomy 101 is an informal Q & A session before each General Meeting at 7:30p,

and open to anyone.

October 4: The Watery Quarter of the Sky, with Peter van der Spek


The next BMAA General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 4 at 8:00p

The Election of Officers for 2001 will be held at this meeting


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Fix That Dobsonian!

- by John C Deitz

Many donsonian mounts lack that ideal buttery smooth motion because of the use of hard plastic bearing surfaces (as opposed to Teflon® against Ebony Star Laminate®). However, sheets of Fromica® are expensive and require gluing, and sheets of Teflon to replace the furniture glides typically provided are expensive. However, sheets of thin Teflon can now be found for around $25.00 that are large enough for two circles for the azimuth axis with enough left over to wrap around the altitude axis. They can be cut with scissors and, in the case of the altitude axis, the adhesive backing can be used to press in place in about five minutes time! The adhesive backing does not need to be used on the azimuth axis if two discs are employed. Ask Pam for help at : .

If you need to replace the azimuth bearings only two 9 in discs can be found (without adhesive backing) at:, for $5.00/pair!


Illustration 1: Fold each disc of Teflon Bakeware® in half twice to generate a quarter circle and snip off the point for a hole for the center bolt.




Illustration 2: Remove the old hard plastic furniture guides typically provided and replace with two discs of Teflon. Be careful when replacing the tube - make sure there is room for the new bolt height!






Illustration 3: A strip of adhesive backed Teflon can be cut to length and pressed into place for an instant altitude bearing of superior quality.





- John Deitz <> has been providing occasional articles regarding telescope building. [ -ed]