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RE: 12.5"- Too Big To Grind For A Newbie

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Posted by Paul Dill on May 30, 2003 19:33:47 UTC

As a rookie ATM back in 1969 my intention was to build a 10 to 12.5" Newtonian. After chatting with a few other "professional" ATM's in my area, I was strongly encouraged to go smaller with a 6" f/8 Newtonian, which I did. Even that tested my patience at times. If this is your first venture into building a telescope, I might be inclined to suggest starting smaller. It is still a gratifying experience especially if it is the first telescope that you build. Mine still gets dusted off and used some 34 years later...
Good luck.

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