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    Question Telescopes



    Hello, Names Randall.
    I guess you can say I have almost Every Tool you can have at Home and in some cases a Shop!
    I've got this Old telescope that I bought off a Guy 20 years ago. The reason is the one I had didn't work like I want it too.
    The One I have I've rebuilt several times, greased the Tripod, Adjusted those squeaky Gear Box Thrust Washers, etc''
    It's 37" Long, and the Collimator I made for it is an Old Nikon 55mm Base Lens cap. So it's Not to Fancy.
    The spotting red Dot on it broke, so I mounted some old Shot Gun Rails and Put a True Holographic Gun Sight on it.
    I did this because they have 13 levels of Red Dot, High- Low, and the Dot is a Perfect circle verses that Old Telescope dot that looked like a Glowing Red Smooshed Bug. So its tracking Good on the tripod, Sights working Good. Oh yeah, the Red Dot from Bushnell has 60 minutes of swing, verses the Telescope one which only has about 15 minutes of Angle.
    I'm not to sure how to see way out there, as the only Clear vector I've had is the Moon?
    Last Friday I ordered a 23mm wide Angle for it, Came in the Next Day from Amazon, Now that's Fast. But I'm Guessing what I'd like to see is maybe something like a Pinwheel, or some other Celestial Site, The Moon is getting pretty old.

    Given the Amount of money I have to work with, I'd Like to build a Better Scope, and I think I have the Gear to do it with.
    I have every Welder Tig, Mig, Stick, Gas, etc, and a Lot of tools that I can use to make one, But I think I need to learn more about the Primary and Secondary Optics before I get into that aspect of Scopes.

    I'm also a HAM, K5HRD,, And I also thought that it's would be cool to use the Telescope to Guide a Yagi for High Frequency Bounce off the Moon. Not sure anyone has Ever Done that one. Precision HF Vectoring. So anyways, That's where I'm at with Telescopes.

    Again, I'd Like to Build a Super Powerful bordering on Overkill for the House, and I'm Looking for some way to do that.

    Also the IPhone 6 Make a Great Boresight device with that Gun Sight I have Mounted.

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    Default Re: Telescopes

    Hi Randall! Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining us! We've got a whole subforum for making your own scope: ATM DIY Telescope Making Forum

    Some great information in there. Feel free to give it a browse and ask plenty of questions.

    Thanks for the nice introduction!

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    Welcome to the forum
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    Hi and Welcome to the Forum!
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    Hello Randall, welcome to the forum! I'm convinced you will find a lot of advice here.

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    Hi there Randall, Welcome to the forums!

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    Hello Randall! Welcome to the Forum!

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    Hi and welcome to the forum!

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    Hello K5HRD de N2RGT. Been a Ham many years and just got back into Astronomy a year ago. I enjoy DSO photography right now. You mentioned making your own scope. I have my Grandfather's 6" Newtonian that he built in the 1950's. Building one of those is relatively easy. With your tools, you could easily make the mirror cell for the primary. Sounds like you are the kind of guy who might even grind his own primary mirror! Things is, you will have more into it when you are done than what you could buy one for but it's the satisfaction of building your own that is fun sometimes. Okay ... enjoy 73's
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