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I am thinking on grinding my own lightweight mirror (first f4 16", later f4 24"). The lightest and cheapest option is to get a thin blank and slump it in a decent kiln.
Anyone has longer term experiene with slumped mirrors? Overall doesn't seem to be more work than a normal (not pregenerated) blank.
Do I have to grind the backside as in case of normal flat back mirrors to avoid astigmatism? How do people support a convex back while grinding? Does it make sense to grind a hole in the middle for additional support? I am remotely considering a convertible Newtonian/Cassegrain system anyway...
By Kevin Francis
Purchased the Orion Astroview 6 three years ago. Found out later that I could not attach my Canon EOS XTi and obtain focus. Everything I saw online required sawing and drilling the OTA. That makes the scope a single purpose telescope. After reviewing the primary mirror holder I created a holder that moved the mirror 25 mm. This way I can keep the scope ready for visual observing and sell later if I desire. If you're interested in saving a few dollars in this hobby check out the link below.
How I Moved Prime Focus: Link to the detail.
Photo from this telescope
So I picked up a classic... a 1970's - 80's edmund optics f6 150mm newtonian...
... like this one but mine has a different mount. It was cheap. Very good condition. The focuser is pants. The mechanics of the secondary holder is (IMHO) brilliant and apparently the primary is 1/10th wave.
But its f6 and I trhink I'd rather swap it out for a faster synta f5 mirror. . The thing is its a one shot job bc to make the f5 mirror work I will have to saw off a good few cm from the barrel of the scope.
So the question is: Is a high quality f6 mirror better than a faster synta f5 mirror for wide deep space astrophotograhy?
All comments gratefully received. 😉
Skywatcher 150/1200 f8 planetary Newtonian.
Bought this originally intending to set up a planetary rig but circumstances call for sale.
Will come with eyepieces and a collimation eyepiece. Not used by myself and has seen very little use. Mirrors in good condition
By Joaquim Q
Hi, i..m on Stargazers Lounge for long time ago, but now i have a new scope at last!!! The scope is a Skywatcher classic200p dobsonian, and i received it just one month ago. I.m really happy with it. For now, i.m using the stock eyepieces that come with the scope, a 25mm and 10mm super plossl 52. Yesterday i was received a Celestron Omni barlow, and that expands my magnification range. I posted some pics with my set.
Congratulations to Stargazers lounge team, this is one of the best sites to learn about astronomy and equipment.
Besf regards to everybody