For Christmas 2000, I
had to the idea to build a telescope for my brother Andy, my sister-in-law
Cathleen, and most of all for my niece/nephew. I started by getting
Richard Berry's book, Build Your Own Telescope.
As I came to learn, this
book is the Amateur Telescope Maker's bible. It is a little old
and dated in places, but it gives detailed instructions on how to
make a real telescope that works!
By following the directions
in the book, scouring the Internet and asking other, more experienced
ATMs about their 'scopes, I was able to complete the telescope in
less than two months.
Tabula Rasa - A virgin piece of plywood
Here is a pictorial journal on how I built the 6" f/8 Dobsonian
It all started with two
pieces of plywood and a section of 2 x 4.
The plywood for
the base and bulkheads was 3/4" pine, and the piece for the
tube was 1/2" oak. The 2 x 4 was for the legs. Here is the
first piece with lines drawn on from the diagram in the Berry book.
The large circle in the
middle in one of the 16" pieces of the base. The 3/4"
plywood is only half a sheet. The oak only came in full sheets,
and was also more expensive.