I just read through Bill Cook's "Binocular Collimation" and "Binoculars: Fallacy and Fact". I enjoyed both. I appreciated the cut-to-the-chase style, and understood most of what was written, which says much about his writing. From a mostly rookie binocular aficionado's perspective, they are both very valuable books. Money well-spent.
I knew I was going to like the book when in the first few pages he properly used the word "myriad". Why the improper use is a pet-peeve of mine, especially when I use commas like they are confetti, I can't explain.
But...that is not the purpose of this thread, but it is a motivation. I want to cobble together a collimating bench as he described in the book. I am far from a professional, but can glue, screw, nail, and duct tape, nearly as well as Red Green. So, I think this is something I can accomplish. My dad retired less than a year ago, and has been building a "wood shop" with more tools than I ever would have ever dreamed of having the chance to lose as a kid. He would champ at the bit to help me with a project like this. Plus, in years past he was a tool and die make, and as meticulous as anyone I know. So, between the two of us and with Mr. Cook's book as a resource, I suspect we can come up with a pretty reliable composition.
Here is the gist of the post/thread: I thought it would be helpful to me and maybe others to see benches that others on here have built. Nice pics and a bit of info could be hugely beneficial. I personally have never laid eyes on an MK5 or any other collimator in person. So, the more visual aids I can find the better. That would be my only real disappointment in Mr. Cook's book(s), in that the pics were a little less than necessary for me.
**So, has anyone built one? And if so, please, post some pics and info about your process.**