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Dave
2001-Nov-10, 04:25 PM
Take a look at this site:

http://www.geocities.com/telescope1999/14-5inch.html

It's about a homebuilt 14.5 inch scope, but at the bottom of his webpage there are some useful links to websites that can help you determine if the seeing conditions will be good for viewing the planets with your telescope.

Mr. X
2001-Nov-10, 07:39 PM
Uh, I can't help but think that some people might be unable to make a mirror...such as me. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

Or to manipulate tools that are more complex than a welding iron, cutters, scissors and occasionally less than 2 inch long knives. Then feel their heart pumping like hell because they feel they have just gone through some life threatening activity. Like me /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif.

I can also use glue. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

The welding iron is pretty scary though. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

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NottyImp
2001-Nov-12, 10:11 AM
I agree, I always thought the blase "Anyone can make a telescope, it's easy!" crew were seriously over-estimating the average amateur's abilities. I did once make a sun-dial, though.

aurorae
2001-Nov-12, 08:30 PM
On 2001-11-12 05:11, NottyImp wrote:
I agree, I always thought the blase "Anyone can make a telescope, it's easy!" crew were seriously over-estimating the average amateur's abilities. I did once make a sun-dial, though.



Then you can make a telescope. It's easier than a sundial. At least, it is if you buy the mirror already made, which is what most people do nowadays. I bought the mirror and the secondary and the focuser for my scope.

Here's a real good web page that shows that just about anyone can do it:

http://www.moonlightsys.com/atm/