Ally Astro Senior Work

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Proposal

Links

Stellafane: Dobsonian master index

Stellafane: Mirror making index

Papers

There are tons and tons of books, websites, etc about amateur telescope making. Stellafane has an excellent list of resources:

Stellafane book list

Stellafane ATM links list



Spectroscopic madness—A golden age for amateurs; Eversberg 2011

  • not necessarily about amateur telescope building, but a description of current amateur instrumentation and amateur contribution to the professional body of work

The International Epsilon Aurigae Campaign 2009-2011. A description of the campaign and early results to May 2010; Leadbeater 2011

  • a discussion of the Epsilon Aurigae Campaign, an project involving amateur spectroscopy and photometry of an eclipsing binary (this campaign is briefly discussed in the Eversberg paper as well)

Questions

Timeline

updated 4/12


Mar 5-12 gather materials, order parts; make pitch lap, grinding tool; begin grinding

Mar 13-19 grind mirror (a lot!)

Mar 20-26 grind mirror

Mar 27-Apr 2 grind mirror, begin work on mirror cell

Apr 3-9 grind mirror, continue working on mirror cell

Apr 10-16 finish grinding

Apr 17-23 polishing/figuring, begin curved vane for diagonal mirror, finish mirror cell

Apr 24-30 send off for coating, work on optical tube assembly

May 1-7 continue optical tube assembly work (painting, cutting to length, installing diagonal)

May 8-14 assemble primary and secondary in OTA, work on mount

May 14-21 finish mount

May 22-28 check everything off the list, observing party time