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Re: Re: Design Review By Walter And Crockett

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Posted by Walter Hamler on February 28, 2001 00:52:10 UTC

For what its worth: Years ago I made an 8"f/7.5 and an 8"f/5. I built a humongous mount to hold both scopes together to allow photography through the f/5 and guide with the f/7.5. Limited success, but then made a 4.25" f/13 to use as a guidescope w/the f/5 and enjoyed a lot of success. Moved to the east coast, suburban D.C., where photography was almost impossible. Built a 12.5" dob and started doing visual stuff and really having a lot of fun.
Took a 20 year plus hiatus to raise a family. Started building scopes again last February (2000) and have built 6 since then. Still have a 10" f/7, a 4.25 f/4, and almost finished my 12.5" Made 3- 6" f/10's that I either sold or gave away. If I had to go through it all over but only have one scope, it would be an 8" f/8 or f/9, dob mounted.
Where I live the dark skies just aren't available, but the brighter stuff and moon/planets/double stars look great through a long focus newt.

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