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  1. AstroSystems - 6.25 " Secondary Holder - 3/8 " shaft

    AstroSystems - 6.25 " Secondary Holder - 3/8 " shaft

    The larger holders over 4" have a proportionately thicker shell for proper support of thicker, heavier secondaries and a 3/8" mounting stud. They utilize 1" long thumbscrews for easy, no tools collimation. Holders from 4.0" to 7 ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_SH_6.25
    $83.00

  2. AstroSystems - 16 " Newt. Telescope Cover

    AstroSystems - 16 " Newt. Telescope Cover

    AstroSystems Telescope CoversWSafely Awaiting Darknessr Water vapor from interior evaporates, passes through, droplets from the exterior run off ... Learn More
    Model#: AS16N-TC
    $85.00

  3. AstroSystems - Upper Truss Fasteners (TeleKit style)

    AstroSystems - Upper Truss Fasteners (TeleKit style)

    The four upper truss fasteners are made from Baltic Birch plywood with easy quick-release cam levers and stainless steel hardware. These fasteners attach two poles together, allowing for reduced setup time ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_UTF
    $85.00

  4. AstroSystems - 6.5 " Secondary Holder - 3/8 " shaft

    AstroSystems - 6.5 " Secondary Holder - 3/8 " shaft

    The larger holders over 4" have a proportionately thicker shell for proper support of thicker, heavier secondaries and a 3/8" mounting stud. They utilize 1" long thumbscrews for easy, no tools collimation. Holders from 4.0" to 7 ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_SH_6.50
    $88.00

  5. AstroSystems - Autocollimator - 2 " w/instructions

    AstroSystems - Autocollimator - 2 " w/instructions

    AstroSystem's autocollimator is the only autocollimator on the market that is precision laser aligned to better than 3 arc minutes.The Autocollimator is used to fine tune the optical alignment after using the LightPipe/SightTube or a laser collimator ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_AC_2.00
    $89.00

  6. AstroSystems - LightPipe/Sight Tube Combination - 2 " w/instructions

    AstroSystems - LightPipe/Sight Tube Combination - 2 " w/instructions

    This unique and innovative collimator combines the LightPipe with the SightTube into one easier to use, lower-cost tool. The LightPipe functions just like a Cheshire collimator, but with two important differences ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_LPTC_2.00
    $89.00

  7. AstroSystems - Transport Case 12.5 "

    AstroSystems - Transport Case 12.5 "

    Telescope Transport Case: For 12.5" TelescopesThe AstroSystems transport cover is made to protect your telescope while disassembled in the field or while being transported ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_TC_12.5
    $90.00

  8. AstroSystems - 20 " Altitude Bearings Double Layer 1/2 " Baltic Birch (0.95 " wide) Spoked

    AstroSystems - 20 " Altitude Bearings Double Layer 1/2 " Baltic Birch (0.95 " wide) Spoked

    AstroSystems Altitude Bearings: 20 Inch Long, Double Layer 1/2" Baltic Birch Ply (0 ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_AB_20-0.5
    $90.00

  9. AstroSystems - 18 " Newt. Telescope Cover

    AstroSystems - 18 " Newt. Telescope Cover

    AstroSystems Telescope CoversWSafely Awaiting Darknessr Water vapor from interior evaporates, passes through, droplets from the exterior run off ... Learn More
    Model#: AS18N-TC
    $90.00

  10. AstroSystems - 7.0 " Secondary Holder - 3/8 " shaft

    AstroSystems - 7.0 " Secondary Holder - 3/8 " shaft

    The larger holders over 4" have a proportionately thicker shell for proper support of thicker, heavier secondaries and a 3/8" mounting stud. They utilize 1" long thumbscrews for easy, no tools collimation. Holders from 4.0" to 7 ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_SH_7.00
    $94.00

  11. AstroSystems - Transport Case 14.5 "

    AstroSystems - Transport Case 14.5 "

    Telescope Transport Case: For 14.5" TelescopesThe AstroSystems transport cover is made to protect your telescope while disassembled in the field or while being transported ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_TC_14.5
    $95.00

  12. AstroSystems - 1.83 " Secondary Mirror

    AstroSystems - 1.83 " Secondary Mirror

    AstroSystems Secondary MirrorsPrecision Secondary Mirrors - the best!Our superior quality elliptical secondary mirrors are made of precision annealed Pyrex blanks, ground to the exact minor axis dimension ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_SM_1.83
    $99.00

  13. AstroSystems - 19.5 " Round Groundboard For 12.5 " telescopes - with 8.7 " bearing

    AstroSystems - 19.5 " Round Groundboard For 12.5 " telescopes - with 8.7 " bearing

    AstroSystems Round Ground Board Retrofiting your telescope with a GOTO drive?  Use our precision CNC cut round Ground Board for accuracy ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_RGB_19.5
    $99.00

  14. AstroSystems - Transport Case 16 "

    AstroSystems - Transport Case 16 "

    Telescope Transport Case: For 16" TelescopesThe AstroSystems transport cover is made to protect your telescope while disassembled in the field or while being transported ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_TC_16.0
    $100.00

  15. AstroSystems - Lycra Light Shroud for 18 " - 20 " telescopes

    AstroSystems - Lycra Light Shroud for 18 " - 20 " telescopes

    Astrosystems Telescope ShroudThe Lycra/Nylon blend shroud that is standard equipment on the TeleKit is available separately for retrofitting to other truss telescopes ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_LLS_18-20
    $100.00

  16. AstroSystems - 22 " Altitude Bearings Double Layer 1/2 " Baltic Birch (0.95 " wide) Spoked

    AstroSystems - 22 " Altitude Bearings Double Layer 1/2 " Baltic Birch (0.95 " wide) Spoked

    AstroSystems Altitude Bearings: 22 Inch Long, Double Layer 1/2" Baltic Birch Ply (0 ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_AB_22-0.5
    $100.00

  17. AstroSystems - Transport Case 18 "

    AstroSystems - Transport Case 18 "

    Telescope Transport Case: For 18" TelescopesThe AstroSystems transport cover is made to protect your telescope while disassembled in the field or while being transported ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_TC_18.0
    $105.00

  18. AstroSystems - 20 " Round Groundboard For 13.1 " telescopes - with 9.1 " bearing

    AstroSystems - 20 " Round Groundboard For 13.1 " telescopes - with 9.1 " bearing

    AstroSystems Round Ground Board Retrofiting your telescope with a GOTO drive?  Use our precision CNC cut round Ground Board for accuracy ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_RGB_20.0
    $109.00

  19. AstroSystems - 20 " Newt. Telescope Cover

    AstroSystems - 20 " Newt. Telescope Cover

    AstroSystems Telescope CoversWSafely Awaiting Darknessr Water vapor from interior evaporates, passes through, droplets from the exterior run off ... Learn More
    Model#: AS20N-TC
    $110.00

  20. AstroSystems - Heavy Spider Vane - G 26.0 "es to 32.0 "es - with Double Vane Ends Standard

    AstroSystems - Heavy Spider Vane - G 26.0 "es to 32.0 "es - with Double Vane Ends Standard

    AstroSystems - Heavy Spider Vane - G 26.0 inches to 32 ... Learn More
    Model#: AS_HSV_G
    $110.00

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Our business grew out of Randy's hobby.  As a youngster, he built his first telescope at age 12.  As the years passed, he could see various needs in the hobby that could be addressed with a little sweat and ingenuity.  With a list of over 25 possible new products in 1986, we named and formed AstroSystems while on a 4 month stay in the backwoods of Washington state.   After locating in Colorado in early 1987, our first two products were the laminated Sky Atlas 2000.0 star charts and the first commercial focuser based on the friction drive Crayford design.   We attended our first star party, the Texas Star Party, to display and sell them.   For the next several years we were adding 4-6 new products a year, some of our design, others marketed by us but made and developed by amateur astronomers. 

In 1992 we realized the need to focus on a long term direction, and with the immense popularity of the truss tube telescope, our dream of promoting telescope building was realized with our first component kit.    These were kits that left the amateur telescope maker (ATM) to do all the wood work, which was fine, if you knew anything about woodworking.  Randy’s easy to follow Guide to Building Truss Tube Telescopes made it as easy as possible, but the kits still left out a large portion of the astronomical market.    The summer of 1996 brought another change to our marketing with the introduction of a truss telescope kit complete with all wood components precision cut by CNC technology, ready to assemble and finish.    With this product we hope to promote the hobby of telescope building beyond the likes any have seen and provide a first class telescope that will fulfill all expectations.

The TeleKit can be the launching platform for future innovations in amateur telescope making.  We believe that building a TeleKit will not only give you a great scope, but be a fun, enjoyable, and educational experience.    In 2009 we will be celebrating our twenty second year and with many future products in the works we will promise to always provide you with the highest quality astronomical products, and the best customer service possible.  

Alan Poppenhagen joined the Astrosystems team in 1990 and has been instrumental in the development, design, and production of Astrosystems products.  He is very knowledgeable about the practical side of Amateur astronomy and routinely assists customers with difficult questions about our products and observing.  Alan is also handles all the manufacture of our spider and secondary holder line.