First Light

This evening I was able to test the 8″ F6.3 scope out under the stars. I found out the struts are about 4 inches too short, and I need to add more counterweights. The Polyethelene sphere has a smoother action than the Polycarbonate (like I suspected). It was exciting to see how well this scope will move once it is done. I plan to replace the 8″ sphere on my scope. I like it that much!!

I will be posting the details on how I built this scope soon.

Here are some pictures.

~ by jhissong on 2009/08/03.

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