Hello CN ATMers!
I have been doing visual astronomy since Christmas 2016 when I got my first telescope, a 8" F6 Dobsonian. Now, almost 3 years later (wow, that went by fast) and I am now a senior in high school and looking to the future.
Sadly, I have realized that fitting a 8" solid tube dob in a dorm room is simply impractical, especially alongside my astrophotography rig. I have been wanting to learn about optics for a while now and have even considered as a career path, so with the encouragement of Zane (Augustus) and Logan (lognic04) I have decided to make myself a telescope!
I’ve chosen to build a 6” f/3 for four reasons:
#1. It will be a great visual instrument for viewing large star clusters and hopefully integrated flux nebulae. My planned college is in the mountains with plenty of Bortle 2 and 3 dark sites within a 30 min drive.
#2. The scope can (hopefully) function as an astrograph for both my own personal projects as well as ASASSN supernova work (just got my first supernova confirmation 2 days ago, as a matter of fact!).
#3. As has been shown by Logan, a 6” f/3 should be achievable for a beginner, so I believe I can make this mirror relatively high quality on my first go.
#4. My dorm room is tiny and I need something as compact as possible.
This thread will serve to document the process as well as for me to inevitably ask for advice when there are hurdles I need to jump.
I will continue to post updates as this goes!
Edited by Aaron_tragle, 02 December 2019 - 09:58 PM.