That is a beast of a telescope. I can’t even imagine what the sky would look like with a 17.5″, my lowly 10″ already shows an unbelievable number of stars.Is there a reason you have foam on the trusses? Is it just to keep them from getting scratched? Now that I think of it, foam might be a good idea for winter nights. I’ve been freezing my hands on my telescope’s trusses a lot the last few months.Surfing is just one of the many things I dont do shirt is so cool. I am interested in building a telescope myself and am leaning towards a Dobsonian like yourself. I have a basic idea of the design and materials needed but haven’t really considered the cost of a project like this. With respect to yours, what size do you think I could get away with for 2-$300?
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Oh you can totally do solar observation with that! Back in the day my father was the director of a public observatory with a Surfing is just one of the many things I dont do shirt reflector in a dome, and we used to do solar observations by hanging a projection screen a few feet away from the eyepiece. Sunspots were SUPER evident, and during eclipses we could see the detail of lunar mountains on the edge of the shadow.Great build! Do you have any plans/are you local enough to bring this to the Stellafane convention? I know you’d be in good company there! There are so many interesting people with some really cools scopes to check out, as well as some very interesting talks to attend.My father got me into making telescopes as a kid, but as an adult it’s taken a back seat to life and family. I’d love to pick it back up one day, and your build is really inspiring me to do so. I was working on grinding a 6″ mirror a few years back, but it’s unfinished at the moment. Thanks for sharing, happy stargazing!