Thursday, October 9, 2008
Workshop of the Telescopes
Yeah,so I stole the title from a Blue Oyster Cult song,but this blog has to something about a telescope. In the late '7o's,my Dad and I built (well,I watched) a Newtonian telescope. Without the advise of noted local astronomer Bill Duvall this telescope would not be completed. The tube is 4feet long and was crafted on a lathe. Inside the tube was fitted with a dark cork. The mirror is 6 inches in diameter and was hand grounded down by my father.(I remember watching him spend hours doing this). The stand was molded at his work. The counter balances are set to a 45 degree angle to compensate for Racine's latitude.(I'm sure that hale-bopp could explain this a lot better I could). The sighter scope and eye lenses were ordered for. This telescope is powerful enough to see the rings of Saturn. It's a good mermory that I wanted to share.