How to Build a Dobsonian Telescope


from: The San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers and Ray Cash                                       














    Introduction and Photo of Completed 'Scope

     Not-too-tech advice; Materials List; Tool List; Sources List

     Overview Drawing of Six-inch 'Scope with Plywood Cut Pattern

     Overview Drawing of Eight-inch 'Scope with Plywood Cut Pattern

     Overview Drawing of Ten-Inch 'Scope with Plywood Cut Pattern

     Section "A": Preparing the Tube, Making "Spider"; Eyepiece Tube

     Section "B"; "Tailgate" (Mirror Cell) Construction

     Section "C"; Making the Mount; Finishing Tips; Care Instructions

     Building a Dobsonian Sun Telescope

     Frequently Asked Questions




Dan Gargel with 6" scope made from these plans.



These plans are now available in Adobe Acrobat files, thanks to Michael A. Flake, a middle school science teacher in Indiana. Thanks Michael! This is a semi-large file, so be patient if you decide to download it... For those that don't know; Adobe Acrobat files are much more printable--aesthetically pleasing--than the html files on these pages. Michael says to use Adobe Acrobat version 4.0 or higher; anything lower will give erratic results. Download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat by clicking on the logo below. It's free!




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