10″ Telescope Making Design Plans

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6″, 8″, or 10″ Dobsonian Telescope & 12″, 14″, 16″, 20″, 22″, and 26″ Basic Truss Tube e-Book Instructions on CD Version 3.0 Now a full 600 MB worth of information! Are you thinking about buying (or building) a new telescope? Maybe you want to learn more about telescopes or what “collimation” means? Do you…

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6″, 8″, or 10″
Dobsonian Telescope & 12″, 14″, 16″, 20″, 22″, and 26″ Basic Truss
Tube e-Book

Instructions on CD

Version 3.0

Now a full 600 MB worth of information!


Are you thinking
about buying (or building) a new telescope? Maybe you want to learn
more about telescopes or what “collimation” means?

Do you know your basic constellations? Where is the moon tonight? When does Saturn rise?

What’s wrong with your old Newtonian telescope that
you have? Do you want to learn lots about telescopes and astronomy with great images and animation?

Originally, I created this CD to layout a state of the
art design for the 6″, 8″ or 10″
Dobsonian Light Bucket, but turned out to be so much more with truss
tube, basic equatorial mounts, camera adapter, laser
collimator & barn door camera mount! The ultimate DIY (Do It Yourself) telescope design CD, or for simply understanding how Newtonian telescopes are built and work.

Basic Dobsonian Design

These 3D models with viewer are included on the CD
with a viewer you can install
or as a self contained executable file!

It is easy to
understand, with original 3D model files that you can open and spin on
your
computer, as well as clear animation of each step of the way!

This would be a
great prequel before you purchase any book on telescope design,
including Richard Berry’s Build
Your Own Telescope
or Miller and Wilson’s’ Making and Enjoying
Telescopes
!

Specifically, this
E-book contains:

  • Understanding
    basic telescope terms
  • Using binoculars to view the night sky,
    with a Messier object checklist and printable star charts.
  • Instructions and
    animation for building 6″, 8″, and 10″ Dobsonian/Newtonian telescopes
  • An adaptation to
    make the Basic Dobsonian into an Equatorial Mount.
  • Instructions on
    building and using an extremely effective and inexpensive laser
    collimator with help on collimating the collimator.
  • Several
    truss tube designs for a 10″ F/5, 12.5″ F/4.5, 14.5″ F/4.5, 16″
    F4.5, 20″ F4.5, 22″ F/4, and 26″ F/4. 3D models and drawings are
    included for
    all these designs.
  • A design for a
    digital camera or small 35 mm camera adapter for your telescope
  • A Double-Arm Barn
    Door Camera mount design to allow you to use your camera to manually
    track the
    stars for long exposures of up to 1 hour of clusters and nebulas and
    other astronomical features.
  • Optical alignment
    of the telescope with other inexpensive tools
  • Care of your
    telescope
  • Understanding the
    Weather
  • Understanding
    your global location
  • The Moon and its’
    phases
  • The Planets
  • Meteor showers
  • What to do on
    your first time out with the telescope
  • Utilities to view
    the models, PDF’s, and animation.
  • And lots of other
    great tips, web links, and reference material including full set of 3D
    models of
    the telescopes used in the documentation and 17+ animations done by
    myself.
    3D models are also viewable via self contained
    executable files (using e-Drawings).

The designs are in
HTML with
animation and printable versions in PDF format. Click here for
a sample of the building the mirror cell in Adobe Acrobat PDF format
.
The HTML itself was
designed to be printed from Internet Explorer 6. The original 3D
models can be opened and spun for all the designs, including as self
viewing .exe files. The telescope
was drawn up in
Pro/Engineer
with solid engineering techniques for building a high quality
instrument.
It includes an itemized purchase list for all the hardware
needed. It also has
an inexpensive laser collimator design (built for less then $10 with a
key chain laser) and a digital camera adapter.
In all, a full CD of 600 Mb of
information! If you find yourself buying a telescope
mirror or kit,
do not miss out on this opportunity.

This CD also has
all the utilities, shareware
and freeware astronomy software. It is a must for someone with
dial-up
internet service. It includes the viewers, readers, media
player 9 as well as Internet Explorer 6 upgrade (if you need it) for
Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000, and XP.

The beautiful star
gazing software on this CD
lets
you be more familiar with the sky, even if you only have
binoculars!
Another piece of software allows you to bounce around the solar system
utilizing a high end graphics card.



Frequently Asked
Questions:

  • How hard is it to
    build
    and understand?

This
design is based of
the basic design of John Dobson/Ray
Cash
.
I have slightly re-engineered plans to accommodate an actual purchased
focuser, an
easy precision spider and a professionally designed mirror cell with
wing
nuts for collimating. The instructions for the wooden stand are
identical
to the original plans by John Dobson for a 6″, 8″ or 10″
telescope. The truss tube is a basic design with instructions on
how to calculate everything for your mirror and focal ratio.

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