Amateur Telescope Making in the Internet Age: Finding Parts, by Robert L. Clark

By Robert L. Clark

The web Age is altering every little thing approximately human invention and using know-how. The swap has been in comparison to that of the advent of printing. Making your individual telescope isn’t what it was once, both, thank you in part to the web. The outdated days of grinding and sharpening are long gone – until you need to do it! now you can gather an exceptional software from a variety of cheap Internet-available elements, new or used. the net is the hot components “junkyard,” with stuff from world wide that you can choose via, day or evening. during this e-book you can find out what’s typically to be had and the way to entry it. you are going to the way to overview optical parts and mix them from varied web assets. you'll get many rules on easy methods to make the components that you just don’t purchase or scrounge and the way to revive previous lenses and mirrors. and you may research a few basic physics of designing ergonomic – cozy – telescopes. Navigating your method round the percentages is straightforward utilizing this necessary and well timed source. With Robert Clark’s assist you can get the simplest that the net has to provide. start now!

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Eyepieces are pretty universal. Reflector Telescopes A Newtonian reflector uses a mirror to form the primary image. This design is due to Isaac Newton. Hence the name Newtonian reflector (Fig. 1). The Newtonian design is used by more amateur telescope users than any other design. This is true for both serious homemade ‘scopes and commercial ‘scopes. Dobsonian telescopes are Newtonians but on a special mount. If the f ratio of a Newtonian is less than about f8 the objective (often called the primary) needs to take the form of a parabola rather than that of a sphere.

When you get a sharp focus you can have a second person measure the separation. Do this three times and average. If the difference between your measurements is more than 1/2 inch you need a better way because the average may not be close enough. For a more accurate method attach, at right angles, a piece of white cardboard to the end of a stick. A yardstick or meter stick is fine. Slide the lens along the stick until you have as small and sharp an image of the Sun as you can get. Keep the lens square to the stick.

Telescope Description and Capabilities This little telescope can serve as a “travel scope” with a lightweight tripod or as a finder scope for a larger telescope. With a 3-inch aperture it will pull-up most of the Messier objects at moderate power and can handle over 100 power for planetary and lunar observations. Most of the Lunar 100 (Charles Wood) objects are available. The main bands of Jupiter and the four Galilean moons can be seen with this little scope. The stripes and individual stars on a 3 foot by 5 foot American flag can be resolved (on a very clear day) at a distance of about 4 miles.

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