I want to say, right up front, this is intended to be a â€œbeautifulâ€ telescope. I have plenty of telescopes to look at the sky with. I can make any telescope I want, to look at the sky with. This is an art project and a historical research project, and I hope it is appreciated as such. This telescope will be completely DIY. That is optics, machining, and finishing.
The first photo is a picture of the actual Alvin Clark telescope that we intend to reproduce in reduced scale. It has been restored by the Skyscrapers. The Skyscrapers is the astronomy club in Rhodes Island that has this beautiful, quality, relic of past glory under its care. The effort of the Skyscrapers to restore this telescope was under the leadership and technical direction of Allen Hall. You may read more about this restoration by visiting the Skyscrapers website. Click on library and scroll down. Or go directly to www.theskyscrapers.org/content5296.html