The Lines eventually built a homemade 16 inch F-8 Newtonian including the optics all hand ground. It was a great instrument but had all the troubles of a long focus big scope. They originally set it up in their back yard in Phoenix. When their observatory was complete they moved it to Mayer. Chuck Nash and I hauled the mount up in the back of my truck. It looked like a mortar cannon and we got a lot of strange looks from people. It did not have a rotating tube, but had a top segment that could be unbolted and moved to four differnt positions. They did great work with this scope but I told Dick that someday somone would have a accident and fall off a ladder. He built a kind of platform for it and one day when he and I were standing on it I said the day will come when we get older that a Cassegrain will be the way to go. THey finally did make a 20 inch Cass. Dick and Helen were great observers and spent a great amount of time working with some professional on variable stars. Dick won some kind of award from a national variable star group and soon after became ill and started down to his end. They eventually moved back to Arkansas where they were had family. Helen died somewhat later.
Here is my first attempt to send some pics of my scopes and domes. These are at Alpine.