Hi everyone, I'm a first time ATM'er with access to only basic hand tools (drill, saw, driver, workbench). I'd like to make a nice all-around telescope for lunar, planetary and DSO's, I'm looking to build something that's modular and lightweight. I originally thought to go f8, but someone told me that f6 is easier to work with.
I happened to come across a 4.5" f4 travelscope on Gary Seronik's website (https://garyseronik....st-travelscope/). I also subsequently found a detailed youtube video of how to go about building a 4 inch newtonian reflector, and it's very similar in design to Gary's travelscope. Here is the youtube link: https://www.youtube....jyScs4EM&t=32s.
I am interested in rescaling the design of Gary's 4.5" f4 travelscope to either fit a 6" or 8" f6 mirror. Gary used aluminum, but on the website he mentioned that either cardboard or PVC pipe would probably work fine, too. So I'm thinking to buy a Sonotube and fiberglass it for reinforcement. However, since this will be my first build, I was wondering if a 6" or 8" f6 newtonian like I have in mind would require bending or stooping into an uncomfortable position in order to get good views?
I'm also planning to buy the mirror instead of make it. Agena Astro has a GSO 6" f/6 parabolic primary and 50mm secondary ($190 for the set). They also have an 8" f/6 and 50mm secondary set for $230. In your opinion, are there any pros/cons in using an 8" mirror over a 6" for my project (in terms of the seeing, etc.)? And also, do Agena Astro's prices sound reasonable to you?
And finally, since I have only basic tools, I was thinking to make the strut out of wood instead of aluminum. And, if I can figure out how to do so, I'd like to use latched pieces to make the strut modular. Please let me know any thoughts or opinions that you feel might be helpful?
Thanks for your assistance, I appreciate it!