Fine Structure

Build The Largest Binocular Telescope

Looking for a project to start this weekend? I suggest one-upping the largest binocular telescope* by building a larger one. The largest is only 22" and all the plans for building it are listed on the website. This thing isn't much more than 6' or 7' tall and weighs only 378lb, including counterweights.

Here's the thing: I'd say that the limiting factor for DIY telescopes comes down to space and price, both of which seem under the limits for a large-scale DIY project like this one. That goes double for a team that might be interested in building one of these. I have no optics experience and even I want to build something bigger.

* Apparently there are two large binocular telescopes but neither of them allow "visual access"
http://www.foothill.net/~sayre/22-in. binocular.htm

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