Hidden Hollow 2012
My name is Michael Lockwood, and I started LCO in 2006 to supply quality optics to amateur and professional astronomers and telescope builders.
In 2010, I moved to a new, larger shop. I chose to do this to allow work on larger, heavier mirrors, to reduce my lead time, and to increase my production and testing capability, all while maintaining the same high standards.
I specialize in high quality custom optics (rather than doing large production runs of one type of mirror) because I believe in giving each optic individual attention in figuring and testing to make it the best it can possibly be. I also understand that quality custom optics are not easy to find, and I want to be a source.
By a strange coincidence, I will be the "creator" of the 36" mirror for Big Blue at Warren Rupp Observatory!
If I can measure significant error in a mirror compared to the ideal or the specification, it is simply not good enough, and must be worked further. This is the philosophy I follow for every optic that passes through my shop.