12 inch telescope rebuild

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Project by Chris posted 02-24-2013 10:23 AM 1168 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to this forum. I recently completed this rebuild of a 12 inch reflector telescope. One of my hobbies is astronomy. Also building these scope and accessories.

It is built from birch ply, aluminium, and some purchased accessories. I have plenty more pics of this build here.

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 11:12 AM

that is a beautiful creation, chris

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 02:19 PM

Very nice I want a Dobsonian so bad. Now I want one more.

-- Tommy,

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 04:30 PM

Speaking as a Dob owner, nice work!

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 04:45 PM

A fine looking build; welcome to LJs

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 05:00 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 05:17 PM

great job did you make any plans? also i see your from louisiana. mandeville here.

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 05:28 PM

Followed the standards set in the Kriege & Berry design. Sort of. I deviated some on the upper assembly and mirror cell.

I am from the West side of LA around Lake Charles.

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 05:41 PM

I guess I should explain why I did this. Main reason is portability. The original scope was a solid steel tube on a particle board base. It was very awkward to transport to a darker observing site. The old tube was 50+ inches long.

The new scope weighs around 75lbs fully assembled. About the same as before but it can be broken down and is more manageable.

This type of scope is a truss dobsonian reflector design. You do not have to have a scope to start with. You can simply purchase the 2 mirrors and scratch build everything else.

Just a little background for those that have not seen this before. THX.

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#9 posted 03-07-2013 04:11 PM

Awesome. Looks very nice and portable. I also enjoy astronomy and appreciate the efforts that go into making big scopes portable.

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#10 posted 03-07-2013 11:32 PM

Thanks Geoff. They are very fun to make and it performs much better than before. It only takes about 5-10mins to setup and it fits in my small truck or car. That’s including collimation.

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