Meade DS-16 Equatorial Newtonian Telescope
My current telescope is the Meade DS-16 Newtonian Reflector on its German Equatorial pier mount. The DS-16 has a 16″ parabolic mirror of focal ratio f/4.5. The DS-16 has both RA and DEC drives but are not in use due to the heavy tube. The DS-16 has a 2″ focuser (all metal), a 1.25″ to 2″ eyepiece adapter, and a 50mm finder. The DS-16 weighs in at around 240 lbs. Although the DS-16 also has large metal setting circles to aid in manually finding objects I do not use these as all my objects are found by memory and star hopping.
From the picture you will notice I have added rotating rings to the telescope. When I first used the scope the eyepiece was in a fixed position which meant I lost half of my variable star fields. The whole tube and eyepiece now rotates 360 degrees.
Prior to the DS-16 Meade I used a 12″ Dobsonian telescope. This type of telescope did not fit into the observatory so I placed the mirror into a powder coated tube lined with black velvet. I also made a higher rocker box, shifted the pivot point forward and added extra weights to the front to balance the telescope. This setup served me well with over 100,000 observations being made with this scope. One notable detection made with this telescope was the black hole V4641 Sgr.
This observation diverted the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite to observe this star.