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                       A little history on my scope and
                       How I got started in astronomy
     During the summer of 1992 I got the bug to build my own scope,I searched through the ads in all the
astro mags.wanting to buy one but I,Thought if I built it my self I would appreciate it more and to this day
I still think I was right.I wanted a telescope ,And I was going to have it and thats all there was to it.
Then at that time I didn"t even know how to turn a computer on to look for info on the subject alone working one to find the info I,needed to complete the project.So I had to relate to the old fashion method
reading books and doing the research on them on how they worked and what to decide to build that was within my means and in my budget.At this point I must thank Richard Berry who is an author on the subject.And with the help of his book How to Build your own Telescope.
It has several different scopes that you can build yourself with basic hand tool and a little knowledge
knowing how to use them.It also includes many mathimatical formulas for determining where componets
need to be located.I decided on a 10" F/5 And after many hours and days waiting on parts it became a
reality.And it does serve me well.My total cost involved after the components and the eyepieces to use with it was about $600.00 that may sound like alote but once you got the setup you ready for years
of use and enjoyment.They really don"t take up much room while storing them.
The tube is constructed of cardboard and will last forever if cared for.It has a focal lenght of 1265mm.
or about 50",The lenght of the tube is 39.5" .The 10" Parks optical mirror sits in a Kenneth Novak
mirror cell in the bottom of the tube.And the secondary sits in a Novak spider as well.
The Mead supper Plossl eyepieces bring everything to focuse in a Mead 1.250 focuser.The targets
are found by pointing the telerad finder to a known portion of the night sky then fine tuned to it"s spot
by a mead 60MM finder scope.
The night sky is a great place to get lost in and full of ooh"s and aaw"s a simple pair of binoculars
will show you much better views than your eyes alone can but a scope will let you see the real splender
of the stars and all the other surroundings in the night sky.And who knows you be the one to find that new comet of the century coming our way to grace the sky .And your name can travel with it as it
makes its next round maybe 2000 years from now.