Since you are reading this, you are probably considering to build your own Dobsonian telescope. This page provides detailed plans and instructions how to . Plans for a homemade Dobsonian telescope. Since you are reading this, you are probably considering to build your own Dobsonian telescope. Homemade Inch Dobsonian Telescope: How to build a inch closed tube Dobsonian telescope. I began building it in the spring of , but the bulk of.

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A view of the bottom of the mirror cell with the telwscope mirror in place. Dobsonian Bearing Materials A discussion of why certain materials are used for Dobsonian Bearings, mechanical issues for Dob bearings, and where to obtain these materials. A drill press would be nice, but it can be done freehanded if you are careful.

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Build a Dobsonian Telescope

Our goal here is to guide you through building a basic Dobsonian that will function well, and our choices reflect that. The mirror will now be securely attached to the spider. This line enables us to draw the altitude bearing cutout, and later, to align the mount on telezcope of the altitude bearing. Unfortunately, the standard sizes are 1 and 2 meters in length.

The base of the telescope should be a wide, sturdy square or circle of wood telescop teflon bearing pads matched to the ABS plastic ring of the rocker box. Secure the mirror cell to the telescope.

The bearing cutout is the same, drilling holes too Make sure the shroud can slip on and off of the assembled scope, and that it stretches along the circumference not lengthwise. The focuser is mounted on top of the tube — This is how it is done.

Build a Backyard Dobsonian Telescope

This requires some carpentry work. You will also need at least one eyepiece, and a finder scope.


Apply silicone adhesive t the holder before attaching the secondary mirror to it. Mounting the mirror cell onto the optical tube is easy. An easier thing to do would be to buy a telescope tube directly from the hardware store; this will save you the trouble of constructing the tube yourself.

If the telescope rotates forward or backward on its own, then the mirror box is too deep or too shallow. The optical judges dogsonian me on their second visit I had the best collimated scope and the easiest to point and hold Dobsonian mount on the filed that night – so if you have any doubts about the curved vane spider or mount design, rest assured they work well.

The plywood Dobsonian mount is simple to build and very functional.

The hole in the front board is optional, this way plas is easier to carry the mount. Newsletter Stay inspired, keep making. Since you are reading this, you are probably considering to build your own Dobsonian telescope. The mirror we will use in our sample scope was made at the Stellafane Mirror Class telesco;e the author, and we certainly encourage people to make their own telescope optics. Both are universal telescopes, equally good both for planetary or deep sky observations.

The mm will be cheaper and lighter, but the mm gathers more light and will show more deep sky objects.

You can then tighten the clips of the mirror cell just a bit to hold the mirror firmly in place. Once built, line the poans of the arms with textured ABS plastic as a bearing surface. Its main goal was to make astronomical observations affordable to anybody, by using this cheap, easy to make telescope. Besides that, the rest of the telescope are boards, a tube, a handful of screws and couple more plqns to find items.


For assembling the box, right angle clamps would be handy, but not necessary. Given any mirror measurements, PLOP will provide the ideal support layout and dobsonuan much distortion to expect for any number of flotation points. For this project, we will strive to give you complete instructions to complete this project with basic woodworking hand tools.

DIY: Building a Dobsonian Telescope At Home

It features 2 semicircular arms, and mounting points for the trusses T-nuts are fineas well as a lid to keep the mirror safe when the telescope is not in use.

One, because this is–hands down–the cheapest and easiest way to make a quality telescope; and two, because I walk in the shadow of John Dobson, who invented many of these designs which have revolutionized amateur plxns professional astronomy alike Dobsonian telescopes are popular with amateur telescope makers for their ease of design and construction, portability, and their use of large optical mirrors.

Preparing the azimuth bearing boards ground boards. Drill telesfope hole in that spot and mount the spider in place. Pioneered by John Dobson in the s, the instrument combines a Newtonian reflector plns with a unique two-axis movable base. Next, you will need a spider and a secondary mirror, also called as a diagonal mirror. What a great man!

It uses a primary mirror to capture and reflect light, a secondary mirror to direct light into an eyepiece, and planss focuser to make fine adjustments for viewing. The mount is made from standard 19 mm particleboard. Optional tube rings and “red-dot” finder are shown.