I am thinking of a last minute idea for Santa to bring to me. So, on that note, is the Albert Highe book Engineering, Design and Construction of Portable Newtonian Telescopes a good book for someone who is a novice at telescope making? Specifically, i am thinking of building the 16" f/4.5 that Highe talks about.
Could I use the book's principles for building a small telescope or two (e.g. 8" f/5 and a 12" f/5) as practice before taking on a big project (16" f/4.5)?.