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|I supply borosilicate blanks in the standard sizes ex stock and can get other sizes in approx. 4-7 weeks delivery time. If you are interested, please contact me at the above e-mail address or call at +49 / 89 / 62 42 01 71.
The blanks are from Schott borosilicate glass, which has the same thermal and mechanical properties like Pyrex or Duran. The material is transparent, homogeneous, free of visible bubbles and free of internal stress or stain (as seen in the polarizer test). The blanks are cut from large sheets, they are considerably flat on both sides and come with a watercut edge (not like seen in the pictures).
Countless fine mirrors have been made with them for decades. See examples in our mirror making workshop in Munich or in the Astrotreff Forum.
Borosilicate Glass Blank prices including 19% VAT
Sizes of 400 mm and up require some experience in mirror making
On request I can grind the backside flat up to grit 320 for 10,- to 30,- Euro, according to effort (recommended for 255 mm and larger and for the small very thin blanks, to avoid astigmatism)
Thicker Borosilicate Glass Blanks:
Available in the thicknesses 31,5 / 34,5 / 41,3 / 47,6 / 57,2 mm. Suited for larger diameter mirrors. Same thermal and mechanical properties like the thinner material. Please ask for a quote and delivery time.
From 20 mm thick ceramic tiles. Sufficiently round, edge rounded and machine ground slightly konvex to make hogging out easier. Prices including 19% VAT:
Grinding and polishing Material:
Grinding and polishing compounds I have nearly always in stock. A complete material set includes silicon carbide grit #80, #180, #320, Aluminum oxyde with specific flat grit shape and tight size distribution Microgrit WCA 25my, 15my, 9my, 5 my, 3 my, polishing powder CER-SKX (a very fine and pure cerium oxide) and optical pitch of 28° hardness. The grit K80 for rough grinding is in any case sufficient for f/5 or slower, the amounts on the finer grits, pitch and ceroxid are very generous, to handle even several setbacks. Everything is packed in double plastic bags to prevent cross contamination.
Grinding and polishing Material prices including 19% VAT:
Other quantities I can put together on request.
Grindstones to bevel the edge: 5,- Euro (available at hardware stores as well)
Professional Bath interferometers with precisely specified components of highest quality, which deliver clean high resolution interferograms for reliable measurements: 1.000,- Euro
Shipping cost see DHL and add 19% VAT or Hermes, or just ask me
The grinding and polishing tool is not included in the set. You will need to make this yourself or just order 2 blanks (which is still affordable at least for the smaller sizes). Tips on how to make your own tool see at tips and tricks (German text).