Hi. This is my first post to this forum.
Please excuse me if this information is elsewhere on the site. I had a look and couldn't find what I wanted, possibly my terminology is wrong.
I'm thinking of building a 8 or 10" Newtonian reflector on an equatorial mount. I want to build what I think is called a open tube or truss telescope and I'm looking for some plans to use as a source for further development
I'm not after a quick build here, I anticipate this will take years. I have a workshop with machine tools, 3D printer and a reasonable level of skill which I'm hoping to improve by experience (and error!) so the modular construction of an open tube is attractive. For me, the constructing is as important as the astronomy.
My initial thoughts were to build in brass like the early 20th century telescopes, but now I think carbon fibre tubes with machined aluminium end pieces is probably a better way to go.
I'd be grateful if you could point me at some resources. Advice and correction of misconceptions also welcome.