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Homemade Telescopes

  1. Sep 17, 2003 #1
    Let's get the new format with a somewhat general question.

    How many of you have built your own telescope?

    Give us some details. Did you do anything different or inovative with your design, or pretty much by the book?
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  3. Sep 18, 2003 #2
    I did.

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  4. Sep 18, 2003 #3
    Thanks for getting us started, now how about some details. Is it a reflector or refractor or Mak type? What's the aperture, F Ratio, materials, did you make your mirrors, or lenses or buy them, etc?
  5. Sep 18, 2003 #4

    When last we spoke about this
    subject you will recall I mention-
    ed being attracted to the larger
    home built telescopes I'd seen
    on a site about Dobsonian Mounts.
    You were amused because it seemed
    I had developed "aperture fever"
    without ever having owned a scope
    at all.

    I found this site:

    Advice for New Astronomers

    when I was poking around, and I
    think you would find it well done.
    It's aimed at helping people make
    an informed decision on what to
    buy, rather than build, but much
    of what he says would apply in
    either case.

    Anyway, I was amused, after your
    observation on my apparent leap
    from casual interest directly
    into wanting my own private Mt.
    Palomar, with no scopes in between
    to find he had included an essay
    on his site called Avoiding
    "Aperture Fever"

  6. Sep 19, 2003 #5
    Thanks zoobyshoe,

    There is lots of good advice on that site.

    As for avoiding aperture fever, it depends on your interest. Mine is more in the process of designing and building the scope, even more than using them, so I am working my way up to a big one by buiding all of the intermediates. (Don't tell my wife about my plan :smile: .)
  7. Sep 29, 2003 #6
    in the process

    I am in the process of asembling my very first home-made scope. Have some materials (frame, etc.) but will need to finish the expansion to my observatory before completing due to size (3.2 m) etc. My first one..always depended on meade and others before. will be..interesting..
  8. Sep 29, 2003 #7
    Are you making your own mirror, or buying one already figured, or is it a refractor?

    I've never made a mirror for a scope, but I make most of the other components, such as the spider, the focuser, the Mirror Cell, the tube (wood or PVC) the cradle and the base.

    You spoke of enlarging the observatory, the 3.2m isn't the aperture is it?!! That's a pretty long tube length also. Good luck with the project. Let us know how it goes.
  9. Oct 1, 2003 #8
    3.22 is the exact aperture

    We currently have a few optical scopes, but this will be my first foray into the radio realm. www.hjfso.org


    AKA: The Evil One
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