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Started by brucesdad13, 07/14/2015 07:12PM
Posted 07/14/2015 07:12PM Opening Post
I discovered our club has a nice selection of books buried in the back of our storage closet. I grabbed a large stack and am enjoying reading them. Here's the list (below). Any other books I shoudl get my hands on before tackling a large thin mirror eventually? I'm starting with an 8" this Summer/Fall under the supervision of someone with experience.

1. Standard Handbook for Telescope Making, N.E. Howard, 1959 (I'm about 1/3 of the way thru)
2. The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal Vol 1
3. The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal Vol 2
4. A Manual for Amateur Telescope Makers, K. and J.M Lecleire
5. Understanding Foucault 2nd Edition

There's a great article in the ATM vol 2 by Mel Bartels on making large thin mirrors that fits well with the other information I'm reading on general mirror grinding, polishing, and figuring.

Still waiting to get my kiln hooked up. Also read the article on Mirror-O-Matic and might start cobbling together various Foucault testers and apparatus described in the books...

Thanks in advance for any guidance! :-)

~ Charlie Stevenson

8" f/5.7 String Telescope - 1st Scope Build; 2nd Place Stellafane 2016 Optical Award for Newtonians 12.5" and Smaller
10" f/4.5 Newtonian (June 2015) mirror refigured by Optic Wave Labs P-V WaveFront 1/14.24, Strehl Ratio 0.993 (Aug '15)
Criterion RV-6 seems to be circa 1973 (June 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron C8-A XLT (January 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron PowerSeeker 70AZ (Christmas 2014)
Aldrich Astronomical Society member since 2015
http://astro.charleskelleystevenson.com/
Posted 07/14/2015 07:30PM #1
Yes, starting with the 8-inch is sensible and will get you to your ultimate goal faster. I assume you will do that mirror by hand - good to see what proper grinding and especially polishing and figuring "feel" like. I would also recommend making it into a telescope - a old-fashioned Dobsonian would be just fine, easy, fast and economical - and work wonderfully! My own personal history went from 3 to 4.25 to 8 (dropped and broke it before done) to 6 to 6 to 8 to 12 to 13 to 18 to 16 to 16 to 29 to 36. The last four I didn't make...bought them, but did build the mounts. The 36 I still need to build the mount! I plan to use that and then...die. Tom Dey

29-inch Dob in a dome
36-inch upgrade soon
LUNT 80/80 solar scope
FLI 6803 cam
APM 100mm APO Binos
JMI RB-16 Night Vision Binos
Zeiss 20x60 IS binos
Posted 07/15/2015 10:58AM #2
Another book came in the mail today. Making Your Own Telescope by Allyn J. Thompson (sixth printing)

~ Charlie Stevenson

8" f/5.7 String Telescope - 1st Scope Build; 2nd Place Stellafane 2016 Optical Award for Newtonians 12.5" and Smaller
10" f/4.5 Newtonian (June 2015) mirror refigured by Optic Wave Labs P-V WaveFront 1/14.24, Strehl Ratio 0.993 (Aug '15)
Criterion RV-6 seems to be circa 1973 (June 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron C8-A XLT (January 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron PowerSeeker 70AZ (Christmas 2014)
Aldrich Astronomical Society member since 2015
http://astro.charleskelleystevenson.com/