G'day from Australia.

13 years 6 months ago #30892 by southerncross
G'day from Australia. was created by southerncross
A big G'day from Australia, my name is Ed and I came across irishastronomy and I dropped in to say hello.

I'm interested in telescope making and was wondering if anyone could put me on to some telescope making sites in Ireland.

We have an Astronomy forum here in Australia also and it has a ATM and DIY Projects section for telescope making I am surprised you haven't got something like this.
You have a nice forum and I have a lot of reading ahead of me.

Clear Skies. :)

Ed.

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13 years 6 months ago #30893 by albertw
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Hi Ed,

Welcome to the site.

There are several people here who I know have made their own telescopes, but it hasn't come up enough to merit starting a special section for it. Perhaps with your input the interest will pick up again!

Cheers,
~Albert

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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13 years 6 months ago #30897 by dave_lillis
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Welcome Ed,
We're all green with jealousy given the skies you guys have down there compared to us over here, and lets not talk about the weather :shock:

I've made a number of mods to my scope and built a number of usefull devices for the scope over the years, to name a few...
http://www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4457
http://www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=1312&highlight=joystickstar
I never got into actually building a scope from scratch.
The club built a 13" dob back in the 80s, which is still in use and is working fine to this day.

Phil Lardner builds top quality 20+ inch dobs and is on these boards, I've seen these close up and they are an excellent wooden build.

There is a fair amount on this site, I hope you find it usefull, any Qs/comments, just make a post..

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
IFAS Rep. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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13 years 6 months ago #30909 by Seanie_Morris
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Welcome aboard Ed! Please share your knowledge and tips with us, even if we don't yet have such a specialty forum!

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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13 years 6 months ago #30918 by southerncross
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys.
Some very nice mods you made to your scope Dave.

This is a pic of my telescope I made it's a 18" f4.5, the picture was taken at the last star party I went to.
http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=8925&d=1138513231

I am currently working on a 24".

Ed.

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13 years 6 months ago #30919 by Kerry Stargazer
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8) Highly Impressive scope you have. 8)

Chairman of Kerry Astronomy Club.
My Kung-Fu 's the best (Melvin Frohike X-Files)

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13 years 6 months ago #30931 by DaveGrennan
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Hi Ed,

Welcome to the boards. Lovely scope you have there!!

As already indicated. Phil Lardner is our local ATM swami guru!! Phil is currently building a 14" folded stevick-paul telescope. Last I heard he was busy making two matching 10" flat mirrors. Phil is a goldmine of ATM knowledge.

I have alerted him to this post!

Regards and Clear Skies,

Dave.
J41 - Raheny Observatory.
www.webtreatz.com
Equipment List here

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13 years 6 months ago #30932 by albertw
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Phil Lardner is our local ATM swami guru!! Phil is currently building a 14" folded stevick-paul telescope. Last I heard he was busy making two matching 10" flat mirrors. Phil is a goldmine of ATM knowledge.


For the benefit of anyone who like me never heard of a 'folded stevick-paul telescope' before!
bhs.broo.k12.wv.us/homepage/alumni/dstevick/stevpaul.htm

The whole site of 'wierd telescopes' is worth a look
bhs.broo.k12.wv.us/homepage/alumni/dstevick/weird.htm

Cheers,
~Al

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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13 years 6 months ago #30933 by Pioneer
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Nice scope. I hope to build something like that but with an aperature of 10 to 12".

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13 years 5 months ago #31380 by PhilipLardner
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Hi Ed,

Just home after the holidays and still catching up on email, so sorry for not replying before now! Yup, as advertised I'm currently working on a 14" f/15 folded Stevick-Paul scope for high contrast planetary work. Progress on that project was on hold for a while, but I'm getting back to it now the holidays are over.

I'm also about to turn the sod on a 5m domed observatory to house both the 14" f/15 and a 20" f/4 Newtonian piggybacked on a large permenant fork mount. Just to make it different, I'm planning on making the dome in the form of a 6v icosahedron geodesic structure - I don't like making things easy for myself! If you do a search for "CADRE GEO" either on these boards or in Google you should come up with a link to some very useful geodesic design software which will give you an idea of what I am saddling myself with.

I'll post pictures as I make progress!

Phil.

PS - I built a very compact 8.75" truss Newtonian to take on holidays with me to France this summer - it worked a treat! Here are a few pics.





StarSystems 20" f/4 - 16" f/5 - 8.75" f/6 (travel scope) - 6.25" f/4 - 6.25" f/7... and a shedload of eyepieces and other gear!

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