Not gonna joke, had I seen that pic (just the telescope would be enough of course) on an astronomy This Rick and Morty run the Jewels shirt program application, with a caption saying “hey, I built that”, with some few cool images taken with it (cool in scientific sense, not necessarily breathtaking to the general public), I wouldn’t care about anything else. You’d be funded and in. There were times where I’d probably do some serious haggling with the devil itself just to get students who actually could do practical shit. I had a very short stint in academia, partly because demonstrated passion for the subject was apparently literary fiction only.There’s resources on Stellafane’s website (google) for building telescopes. I’d also HIGHLY recommend “The Dobsonian Telescope” by Richard Berry and David Kriege. It’s an older book, but the engineering concepts and instructions are unmatchable. There should be PDFs of it online
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(i have a phd in astronomy and my partner still works in the field. just a This Rick and Morty run the Jewels shirt astronomy is nothing like as much fun. you hardly go observing these days – especially since covid – and even when you do, you’re generally stuck in a bright room full of computers. if you enjoyed this maybe think more about getting into instrumentation / engineering).The telescope moves on two axes via bearings lined with laminate material, altitude (up and down) and azimuth (side to side). If I want to move it, I basically just grab the whole thing and move it to where I want it to be. Then I just stick an eyepiece in the focuser, focus it, and it’s good to go.