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6 inch f/8 OTA by Stewart Longly of Napier, New Zealand
Stewart mounted his OTA on an existing split-ring mount. The
tube rotates in the felt-lined cradle.
8-inch f/6 Telescope by Sydney Mabry (and her dad Mark) of Richmond, VA.
They used full circle altitude bearings, and nicely decorated
the tube and mount.
6-inch f/6 Telescope Model by Doug Stewart of Bakersfield, CA.
This is a model done in Google SketchUp (a free 3D drawing
program). It is available for use in their warehouse. You can
6-inch f/8 Telescope by Richard Jounget of Duluth, MN
"...as you can see its a combination of different ideas.
Searching the internet I found the 7"x 60" rigid plastic tube at
www.postguard.com , the
vertical supports were made from a freehand drawing of a similar
type Dob support Orion uses, and used Richard Berry's swivel
base plan. The rocker is 1/2" plywood using 4" PVC for pivot
rings. I used the Stellafane tube clamp design which works
great." The OTA and Tube Cradle are based on the Stellafane
"Telescopes are kind of a addictive thing, I am already
thinking of making a larger scope. I totally agree with your
advice on starting with a 6" or maybe 8" scope for your first
project. The amount of knowledge you acquire on that first scope
is tremendous, and I would have never have attempted it without
the Stellafane step by step instructions."
8-inch f/5.52 by Cecilia Page of New Preston, CT
Cecilia attended the Stellafane Mirror Class in 2010-2011 and
made an excellent mirror. She then followed the Stellafane Dob
Plans exactly and crafted a beautiful telescope to house her
mirror. Cecilia said this was her first woodworking project,
with wonderful results.
Danny's very nice scope, with multiple weight reduction
cut-outs, is shown on the south observing field in front on the
McGregor Observatory at the 2012 Stellafane Convention. Note
also that Danny used a square rocker box base.
Stellafane Style Dob by Carlucho Paris of Fort Meyers, FL
This nice dob has a very nice improvement to our standard
plans - note the curved tube clamps that 'hug' the tube. We
opted to keep our plans simple and used straight cuts wherever
possible, but if you are comfortable cutting curves this is nice
improvement. I provides more surface area to grip the tube, will
not distort the tube when clamped hard, and it just looks
Stellafane Style Dob by Alexy Bobkov of San Jose, CA
This 8" f/5.52 telescope features a mirror made by Alexy
exactly to our plans.
He used our Mirror Making Guide and built our tester also.
Torsten Mellenthin of Germany
8" long focal length telescope with home made mirror and exact copy of the Stellafane Dob plans.
Felix Gustavsson of Jönköping, Sweden
"Without previous experience I decided to build a 6" telescope using your plans."
An it came out very well, indeed!
Bob Lautenslager of Santa Cruz, CA
"I am a high school science teacher, and I moderate the schools
astronomy club. I hope to get the students grinding mirrors and
building telescopes. I spent my summer vacation building a 150mm
f5 Newtonian telescope on a dob mount. I made some modifications to the Stellafane plans.
I spring loaded the altitude bearings, and used Kydex 0.028" plastic as bearing material.
I also used Top Flite MonoKote heat shrinking material to cover the sono-tube,
and ultra dark self adhesive flocking material for the inside of the optical tube."
David João of Porto, Portugal 8-inch f/6
"Since a little kid I am absolutely amazed by the universe and only during my 25th I decided that I
wanted to finally buy some telescope. Meanwhile, I had a kid and somehow the priorities in life rapidly change but now that I’ve settle down (on
my 35th) I was finally obsessed by the idea of buying a telescope. I always wanted a Dob but it never crossed my mind building one - even though
I consider myself a DIY person to me it would always be something related to high precision, etc.
Fortunately, I’ve came across your website / community and decided to start reading your tutorial of how to build a Dobsonian. THANK YOU. I
had no knowledge of how to build one and you just made it so accessible to understand. I life in Portugal, Porto and I’m also Portuguese. As
a software engineer NO ONE believed that I would make it. Well, the results are OUTSTANDING first light and incredible stargazing
experience." Posted 2017-Aug-04