I guess this all began about six years ago when I happened upon a 24" blank and decided it was a good opportunity to build the big, fast scope I had been dreaming of since I was a starry-eyed kid chasing Halley's Comet with my trusty 3" Tasco reflector. You'll forgive me if I don't go into the mirror-making process: such threads tend to end in very animated discussions, but I will say one thing - if you want to bounce off someone during the process, just pick one person, preferably with a similar sense of humour, and stick with them.
Suffice to say, after working around kids and plain old working, the big glass soup bowl is ready for some star testing, so it's time to bang up the scope.
I've always like Webster telescopes - they just seem made to observe with - so this is loosely based on that kind of design. Bob Schilling talked me out of carpeting the rocker box, so that will be a little different. The clamping system will be Webster clamps, but the mirror cell and spider are creations of John Pratte. Mirror support was crucial and I was very lucky John helped my out in this regard.
So it was up to me and the old man to get the woodworking done with some wise counsel from Peter Read of SDM Telescopes.
And it all began with the UTA as I needed to figure the weights to come up with a depth for the mirror box. A couple of hoops a few bits of straight plywood later, and I was in business.