Features of NiteLite telescopes

Despite each of Nitelite dobsonians is original and custom built, there are some features common to most or all of them, being it the structure concept, materials or components used.

* 6-truss poles structure
Most of the classic truss dobsonians use a square mirror box an 8 truss poles. There are some advantages of such a construction and I have also made a few of them, but to my eye, they look "too ordinary". This is why I prefer modified hexagonal mirror box with 6 truss poles (especially in smaller apertures). Besides always welcome weight savings in the upper part of the telescope, this kind of dob looks more elegant and airy. And it also nicely matches the 3 vane secondary spiders, that I really like.

* Simple upper (secondary) ring
Simple secondary ring allows for minimizing the size of the collapsed telescope. On the other side, you have to be carefull when assembling and operating the telescope, because the secondary mirror and spider are rather exposed and only little protected by the simple ring. Interesting detail is detacheable focuser that would otherwise hinder fully packing the scope.

* Baltic birch plywood
Quality Baltic birch plywood is a cornerstone of the Nitelite dobsonians. While there are other materials suitable for building a great telescope (aluminium, carbon, composites...), the wood will be always on the first place with me. It is a natural material which is a joy to work with, which has a nice warm feeling when touched and that looks beautiful. A telescope don't have to be hidden in the garage or closet, it could be an interesting and stylish piece of furniture.

* Kineoptics focusers
This unusual, but very creative and well-thought out focuser - helical crayford, has some significant advantages compared to traditional focusers. It retains high accuracy, smooth operation a zero wobble typical for crayfords and adds very low height and weight, which is important for keeping centre of gravity of the scope low. However, there are some disadvantages too, probably the most significant being rotation of the eyepiece when focusing, which may not be convenient to everyone. But of course, it is no problem to use any other focuser in that case.

* Curved secondary spiders Destiny
There is much talk about it, but few people actually saw it in action: curved secondary spider. If you don't like diffraction spikes on bright stars and planets, you'll love it. But aside from that, there is only little difference in the quality of the image between straight and curved spider. It doesn't magically remove the diffraction, only spreads the light across the whole field instead of creating bright spikes. By the way - it looks rather cool, doesn't it?