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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:32 PM
Interesting link. Maybe a tad too big of a project for me.
Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:41 AM
You could crowd-fund something like this, but I think it would require a long investment of open-public use to acquire the backing. It would be fun to build but I think no fun to house/maintain. Basically this becomes a full-time job keeping a 2 meter telescope in use.
Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:04 AM
Is it center dotted? if it's not center dotted, I'm out...
Posted 13 August 2014 - 12:59 PM
They are all Cassegrains so there is no need for a center dot, they have center holes. The 1 meter has a 33 cm hole and the 2 meter a 75 cm center hole.
Now that I am just about done grinding, polishing and figuring my 8" mirror, I am looking for a new challenge.
Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:07 PM
Only $150000 for a 1 meter set. This might be my next project.
Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:20 PM
That be nice Maybe get two
That's a set of bino's ! I could envision a bino setup with an integrated observing chair . A heads up display and control console for the goto . Come on , lottery !
Posted 14 August 2014 - 01:19 AM
Too big for amateurs, too small for professionals. Small college for student use, maybe?
Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:52 AM
If somebody could donate a couple of million bucks, I'd be happy to give it a go.
Posted 14 August 2014 - 08:47 PM
Where do people/businesses GET things like these mirrors?? It doesn't seem likely that someone had that much cash in their pocket to buy 'em outright (or if they were THAT comfortable, why mirrors?) And...who would have ordered them and then walked?
Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:48 PM
I would Guess only the government (US).... and I would hazard a guess that they may have been intended for satellites?
Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:35 PM
Someone needs yo get a kickstart fund going, that may be quicker . If only i had the time lol
Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:11 AM
I've seen these before, they are parts of the LCOGT telescopes. Wonder why there getting rid of them. I saw one of these scopes at Macdonald observatory while at the TexasStar. party a few yes ago. Very cool and complex. Wasn't sure about the hextek design for the primary mirrors though. Curved on both surfaces similar to fullam's new mirrors.
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