Effective Immediately, NO New Custom Orders Accepted. See Below for In Stock Telescope Availability. Thank you!

Engraved Brass Name Plate

Engraved Brass Name Plate

Name plate included on every Teeter's Telescope, signifying it as having been manufactured to our strict standards.

NEAF 2019

NEAF 2019

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18" and 20" TeeterScopes "in the field" at the Cherry Springs Star Party

15" TT Silhouetted

15" TT Silhouetted

A 15" F/4.5 TT/Classic silhouetted during a Messier Marathon in Arizona, March 2015.

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16" F/4 TeeterScope "in the field" in Southern AZ.

Boundary Layer Cooling Fans

Boundary Layer Cooling Fans

Close-up of our Dual Boundary Layer Cooling Fans, pictured with optional Black Hardware. We offer three different hardware package finishes; Bright Brass, Black or Nickel/Chrome.

Light Bucket

Light Bucket

A view down the optical pathway and into the heart of a 16" F/5 Teeter's Telescope.

Awaiting Nightfall

Awaiting Nightfall

Two Teeter's Telescopes await nightfall after being unloaded onto an observing field.

Jupiter with Moons

Jupiter with Moons

mage captured using TT115, a 15" F/4.5 TT/Classic. Technical specifications below: Saturn imaged by Tom Polakis, Tempe, AZ.

Saturn with Cassini Division

Saturn with Cassini Division

Image captured using TT115, a 15" F/4.5 TT/Classic. Technical specifications below: Saturn imaged by Tom Polakis, Tempe, AZ 2014 June 13, 4h UT 15” f/4.5, 3x Barlow for 5100mm focal length at f/13.4 Tracking with Equatorial Platforms Aluminum platform ZWO ASI120MM monochrome camera 3.3 micron pixels ==> image scale is 0.13 arcsec.pixel 1000 frames in red, green, blue channels Aligned and registered in Astrostakkert! Sharpened with Registax Assembled with Photoshop

Saturn with Cassini Division

Saturn with Cassini Division

Image captured using TT115, a 15" F/4.5 TT/Classic. Technical specifications below: Saturn imaged by Tom Polakis, Tempe, AZ 2014 June 13, 4h UT 15” f/4.5, 3x Barlow for 5100mm focal length at f/13.4 Tracking with Equatorial Platforms Aluminum platform ZWO ASI120MM monochrome camera 3.3 micron pixels ==> image scale is 0.13 arcsec.pixel 1000 frames in RED channel only Aligned and registered in Astrostakkert! Sharpened with Registax Assembled with Photoshop

Big Dobs

Big Dobs

A 22" F/3.3 and an 18" F/4.2 shown, with Teeter's Telescopes owner, Rob Teeter, between to give a sense of size. Despite being big telescopes, they are still highly transportable.

Two STS's

Two STS's

Pair of 8" F/6 Solid Tube Series (STS) telescopes, with Cherry stain and Brass hardware, awaiting darkness outside of the Teeter's Telescopes workshop.

Seated Observing

Seated Observing

Teeter's Telescopes owner, Rob Teeter, shown seated at the eyepiece of TT103, a 10" F/5 with a Lightholder Optics primary mirror.

Rack of Scopes

Rack of Scopes

"Drying Room" at Teeter's Telescopes, with several telescopes in process.

A Close-up Look at our Craftsmanship

A Close-up Look at our Craftsmanship

Focuser board with name plate and Moonlite dual speed focuser, with Teeter's Telescopes' Maple stain.

TT106 - 22" F/3.3

TT106 - 22" F/3.3

View into the rear of TT106, a 22" F/3.3 with a Kennedy Optics primary mirror. Also shown are the Quad-Boundary Layer Cooling Fans.

The Beauty of Natural Stain

The Beauty of Natural Stain

Upper Tube Assembly (UTA) of TT101, a 16" F/5. utilizing a Feathertouch Focuser, Rigel QuickFinder and 60mm Stellarvue Optical Finderscope.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Various altitude bearings on the drying rack after staining and application of polyurethane clear gloss.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Upper Tube Assembly for a 16" Teeter's Telescopes' Truss-Dobsonian under construction.

In Stock and In Process Telescopes

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"In Stock? Wait, what about ordering a custom TeeterScope telescope?"

Since 2002 we've mostly offered custom made telescopes, built to the specifications of our clients. However, with the addition of our twin boys, Nolan and Vaughn, and the reduction in workshop time that has followed, we felt there was a need to change directions with Teeter's Telescopes to better suit our changing lifestyle. Therefore, effective immediately we are no longer accepting orders for custom made telescopes. We will still - for at least some time - be offering In Stock TeeterScopes...

"I'm confused...can I still buy a TeeterScope telescope?"

Sure! It just has to be one of those listed below that we are building as In Stock offerings. The difference is that those telescopes below will be built, tested and THEN offered for sale versus you contracting with us to build you a telescope from scratch. 

"Great! But when will those TeeterScope telescopes below be ready to buy?"

Great question! It all depends. As of this time (mid-May) we have 15 custom telescopes still to build from orders taken in 2020 then from there we will begin work on the telescopes listed below (and some others not yet listed). The plan is to finish our custom orders by end of 2021 and then start working on In Stock telescopes in early 2022 making those listed below available approximately early to mid-2022 (think May/June). 

"I'm in no rush, I really want a custom TeeterScope, not one below, can you make an exception for me?"

Sorry, but no we can't. We are fully committed to not adding any more custom telescopes to our queue of work. We are committed to seeing our last 15 custom telescopes to completion then seeing several In Stock telescopes to completion and then taking a much deserved break from the industry where for the first time in 22 years (!!!) we will not be building any telescopes for clients. We will instead complete a few personal projects, reassess our involvement in the industry and decide from there how we want to proceed. 

"What does this mean for after-sales service and support?"

This is so important! These telescopes are not inexpensive and things come up from time to time that need fixing, modifying, upgrading, etc., or you may just be looking for general advice. You are entitled to what we've always considered lifetime service and support. It doesn't do anybody any good if your telescope isn't working. So the most important thing to note is that we'll be here for you! If in 2023 we decide to cease building telescopes we will CONTINUE servicing and supporting those TeeterScopes already in existence. The workshop will still be here (I'll most likely be building projects for myself for many years to come!), my tooling will still be operational and most importantly our phone will still be ON! Our 300+ customers over more than two decades have become family in some instances. Some are like brothers and sisters while others are like the aunts and uncles you only see once a year at holidays. But I've kept a line of communication open with all of them and will continue to do so. Many I would recognize in a crowd! Building every TeeterScope is a labor of love and it is super important to me that they function as designed. So do not fear that a cessation of production would equate to a cessation of support and service. As long as I, Rob Teeter, am walking and talking I will also be engaged with our customer base, past, present and future. 

"What In-Stock TeeterScope telescopes will be available for purchase in 2022?"

The telescopes listed below are in various stages of completion. The further toward the top the closer they are to completion. Those toward the bottom may at this point just be a primary mirror with a structure not yet started. When the telescope is completed and field tested the status will be updated to "Available." At that point the telescope will be available for purchase, but not before. 

 

Feel free to Email us for more specific information or to let us know your interest in a specific telescope, we can put your name on a wait list and contact you when the build is nearer completion. But, until the telescope is complete we will not accept deposits or reservations. That keeps things more informal and less stressful for all parties involved. 

The list below is provided as a means to summarize what we have "in the works" and a way for any interested clients to plan for a potential future purchase.

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16" F/3.8 Journey-HD

Large aperture, premium primary mirror, takes less space to pack for transport

Mirror Maker

Thickness/Substrate

Lightholder

1.5" Supremax

Wood Stain

Bright Red Cherry

Status

In Process

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13.1" F/4.5 Classic

Modest aperture, premium primary mirror, rock solid structure

Mirror Maker

Thickness/Substrate

Swayze Refigure

1.125" Pyrex

Wood Stain

To Be Determined

Status

In Process

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One of our most popular models with the best optical performance available

Mirror Maker

Thickness/Substrate

Zambuto

0.7" Quartz

Wood Stain

To Be Determined

Status

In Process

What Our Customers Are Saying...
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TT 157, 12.5" F/5 Classic

ERIC S.

The scope is doing great. No complaints at all. For me it's a telescope of a lifetime.

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STS 67, 8" F/5.7 Solid Tube Series

JULIO B.

It is a work of art, not only for the great optics but also on display in our living room. Thank you!

TT 166, 11" F/4.5 Journey-AIR

ROD G.

The scope has been magnificent. With good transparency the views have been nothing shy of  amazing!

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STS 52, 8" F/6, Solid Tube Series

JOHN L.

I love the scope! Everything about it is awesome, especially the rotating tube. It is my quick -look scope.

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TT 148, 10" F/7 Classic

DOUG M.

Compared to a competitor, the Teeter is superior in design & integrated accessories. Teeter Scopes are the best!

TT 177, 14.5" F/4.5 Classic

DANIEL M.

Other than the marital discord from staying out too many nights, I couldn't be happier! It's such a beautiful scope!

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Custom Telescope Manufacturing
 
Teeter's Telescopes, LLC., was formed in 2002, and is the banner under which we have custom-built over 200 Dobsonian Telescopes. These have ranged from 8" F/6 to 24" F/3.5 and nearly every aperture and focal length combination between. We're not your typical telescope manufacturer - we are a custom shop, building custom telescopes to your specifications.
Telescope Repairs & Restorations
 
We offer upgrade, repair and restoration services on most other commercially available telescopes, as well as home-built instruments. This includes major component repair/upgrade, collimation, refinishing (wood, powder coating), mirror recoating, etc. See our "Services" page for additional details.