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6 inch dobsonian telescope makingMy wife says I'm insane when I get an idea to do something and it shows in this project. 4 weeks start to finish (is anything ever really finished??). Wish I had actually counted the hours, but suffice it to say there were hundreds. I have three day weekends that were totally devoted to this project. About 18 hours each Fri. Sat. and Sunday. Every day after work during the week from 6:00 PM to sometimes 3:00 AM.

  • Would I have started it if I had known how much work? Probably not.
  • Am I glad I did? Absolutely!
  • Will I build another? Already planning it.
6 inch dobsonian telescope makingAnyway, here is a picture of my daughter Samantha getting "first light" from her 6 inch dob. Prior to this she was using a 2.5 inch Bushnell refractor (department store scope) that had made her so frustrated she dumped it in her room and resorted to just laying outside using her naked eye to look at the sky. After seeing the moon through a friends 8 inch I knew a "project" was born.
6 inch dobsonian telescope making
My favorite picture of the scope.
Moon picture
The moon taken on 24 Oct '04 with a Kodak 5 mega pixel digital camera, no mount, with our just finished 6 inch dob and a Siebert Optics 35mm super wide angle eyepiece. No image layering, just light and contrast adjustment. With the 150mm primary mirror, this eyepiece provides magnification of 34.3X
Moon picture
The moon taken on 24 Oct '04 with a Kodak 5 mega pixel digital camera, no mount, with our just finished 6 inch dob and a Siebert Optics 10mm eyepiece. No image layering, just light and contrast adjustment. With the 150mm primary mirror, this eyepiece provides magnification of 120x