Posts Tagged ‘Telescope Making’

An Interview with John Dobson Jan 2010

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Source Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Lowry Dobson (born September 14, 1915) is a popularizer of amateur astronomy. He is most notable for being the promoter of a design for large, portable, low-cost Newtonian reflecting telescopes that bears his name, the Dobsonian telescope. The design is considered revolutionary since it allowed amateur astronomers to build extremely large telescopes. He is less known for his efforts to promote awareness of astronomy (and his unorthodox views of cosmology) through public lectures including his performances of “sidewalk astronomy.” John Dobson is also the co-founder of the amateur astronomical group, the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers

Wow a 30 inch Dob.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

This weekend we had our Monthly Public Star Party at Observatory Park on Saturday.
The weather cooperated with us again for the 2nd month in a row the weather will start out cloudy windy and threating rain. Then the Sun goes down and the clouds go away, and tada it clear. I think this is the reason why we have had such low turnouts the last two month. People see its cloudy and think it’s going to be a bad night. I’m real glad it worked out. Neil from our group brought out his 30 inch dob to share with everyone. You can see it at this link in our gallery under star parties July 17, 2010 Public Star Party Wow M13 looks like you could almost count ever star in it. Then Jupiter oh me oh my gosh……

The Path of Light: Generation of Dreamers

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This is a couple of Youtube videos from Celestron. That focuses on Celestron’s founder, Tom Johnson, an electrical engineer, who developed the techniques for mass producing Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes, making these powerful astronomical instruments accessible to amateur astronomers.

Very inspiring, and Educational

“The Path Of Light” is a documentary celebrating astronomy, telescope making and human ingenuity.

Build a telescope this weekend!

Monday, June 8th, 2009

I hope everyone escaped the tornados over the weekend. I was in downtown Denver for the Capital Hill People’s Fair. Lots of fun to be sure!

For those of you that just don’t have a dog-gon thing to do over Father’s Day (June 21st) or the July 4th weekend, you might want to try your hand at making a telescope! Yes you heard me right, you can build your very own 4.5″ f8 telescope… and the best part of all… it will cost you under $100! How you ask? HOW under the stars can I make my own scope for under $100??? In the wonderful world of cyberspace all you have to do is point and click…

Visit The $90 Porta-Bowl Telescope! for the full scope, err… I mean scoop!



Telescopes and Equipment

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

This area is where we will talk about telescope and equipment that goes with the territory