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How to plan the construction of a Newtonian reflector in ten easy steps.
ASTRONOMY Mar 1982 (v.10#3) pg. 47

Tips on building an 8" reflector for astrophotography.
ASTRONOMY May 1982 (v.10#5) pg. 52

Do you really need an RFT (rich-field telescope)? The mathematics of exit pupil, aperture, and magnification are investigated to determine the attraction of RFT's.
ASTRONOMY Jul 1982 (v.10#7) pg. 39

How to convert a Newtonian telesope into a high-resolution, planetary telescope.
ASTRONOMY Jul 1985 (v.13#7) pg. 51
Added Info ASTRONOMY Apr 1986 (v.14#4) pg. 34

The refractor advantage: quality over size. Includes tips on optimizing your reflector telescope to approach the quality of a refractor.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1987 (v.15#10) pg. 66

A telescope for kids. "Kneebiter" is a kid-friendly 8" f/4.5 Newtonian reflector mounted on a Dobsonian mount. Is is assembled from inexpensive commercial optics and ordinary hardware.
ASTRONOMY Jun 1988 (v.16#6) pg. 79

Product test of Optical Research Corporation's OR-840 Newtonian telescope.
ASTRONOMY Mar 1990 (v.18#3) pg. 60

Test of twelve (12) Newtonian reflector telescopes each costing less than $1,000 and ranging in size from 4.5" to 10".
ASTRONOMY Dec 1991 (v.19#12) pg. 69

Make your scope light-tight. Wage war against the light pollution bouncing around inside your Newtonian or Dobsonian reflecting telescope. Use baffles, black paint, black velvet, ... etc. to absorb unwanted light.
ASTRONOMY Sep 1996 (v.24#9) pg. 82

Inside reflectors. Introduce your child to the sky with a simple telesope.
ASTRONOMY Nov 2000 (v.28#11) pg. 80

Computing telescope parameters with the OSI Superboard II computer. BASIC program to compute the optical paramaters (F number, eye relief, Ramsden disk diameter, etc.) for a Newtonian telescope.
BYTE Mar 1983 (v.8#3) pg. 450

A 200-power, 6" reflecting telescope. Est. cost: $25. Part 1.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #416 Jan 1963 (v.59) pg. 93

A 200-power, 6" reflecting telescope. Est. cost: $25. Part 2.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #417 Feb 1963 (v.59) pg. 91

A 3" reflecting telescope for $10.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #491 Apr 1969 (v.65) pg. 92

How to build a 3" Newtonian reflector telescope. Mirror and eyepiece are purchased.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #93 May-Jun 1985 pg. 112

Build a 200-power telescope for less than $50. Part 1. Grinding and polishing the mirror.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1970 (v.134#6) pg. 166

Build a 200-power telescope for less than $50. Part 2. How to assemble the unit.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1971 (v.135#1) pg. 152

Open-tube, 2-1/2" reflector telescope. Uses stock optical components. Square "tube" is built from furniture-grade plywood. Weighs only 1-1/2 lbs. and collapses to 10" long for carrying. Est. cost: $10.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1969 (v.195#2) pg. 138

How to assemble your own rich-field reflecting telescope from purchased optics and ordinary hardware components. Tips on using the telescope to locate and view Halley's comet.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1985 (v.227#5) pg. 94

A 4-1/2" reflector scope costing between $50 and $139.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jun 1964 (v.35#6) pg. 97

Details of an observatory built by John Wikswo and his son. Includes instructions on making and mounting a 16" reflecting telescope and the mechanism for rotating the observatory dome.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Apr 1970 (v.222#4) pg. 114

How to construct a mobile telescope. Description of a 12.5" f/8 Newtonian built and mounted on a lightweight boat trailer.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Jul 1975 (v.233#1) pg. 121

Description of a 16.5" reflector with a porthole-glass mirror. Includes a description of the tube and mounting which make the scope suitable for astrophotography.
SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1979 (v.58#2) pg. 175

Making an Aplanatic 4" reflector telescope. Much of the tube and mounting is made of finely crafted wood and has the appearance of an antique.
SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1979 (v.58#5) pg. 473

Description of a 6" f/6 reflecting binocular with 9X the light grasp of a pair of 7x50 binoculars. The unit is similar to two 6" reflector telescopes working in unison.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1979 (v.58#6) pg. 582

Optical configurations for astronomical photography. A comparison of the specifications and image quality of eight different 8" f/5.6 photographic telescopes using 8 different optical systems.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1980 (v.60#1) pg. 64

Description of a "folded Newtonian" plus tips on alignment and baffling.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1981 (v.61#6) pg. 545

Modifying a reflector for planetary observations. Some tips.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1981 (v.62#6) pg. 610

Tubeless reflector telescope (8") is built from wood and metal, is simple in design, and is designed to be totally portable. No plans, but photos and text illustrate many design items.
SKY & TELESCOPE May 1982 (v.63#5) pg. 523

A simple coma corrector for Newtonians. How to make a coma-correcting meniscus lens as an add-on accessory for existing short-focus Newtonians of all sizes.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1983 (v.66#1) pg. 67

Photographs of an open-tube 8" Newtonian telescope that weighs only 19 pounds (less mount).
SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1983 (v.66#5) pg. 456

10" f/5.6 Newtonian features a PVC telescope tube, plywood equatorial mounting, and commercially made optics. Weighs 80-pounds and breaks down into sections for easy transportation. Est. cost: $400.
SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1984 (v.67#2) pg. 175

A 17.5" f/4.5 binocular reflector. Wooden mirror compartment doubles as a container for transporting the disassembled scope.
SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1984 (v.68#5) pg. 460

Rx for the Newtonian telescope. How to correct coma and eliminate spider diffraction.
SKY & TELESCOPE May 1985 (v.69#5) pg. 456

Notes on fixed telescopes fed by mirrors (siderostat, coelostat, uranostat).
SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1985 (v.70#1) pg. 73

Tips on building lightweight Newtonian telescopes (20" and 16"). Both feature bases and fork mounts consisting of plywood over a styrofoam core. They disassemble into three pieces for transportation. Total weight of 20" is 235 pounds.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1987 (v.73#3) pg. 323

Tip: Use an enhanced-coating reflex mirror (designed for a camera) as the star diagonal in a telescope.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1987 (v.74#6) pg. 668

Optical layout for an off-axis reflecting telescope which uses only standard optics.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1988 (v.75#3) pg. 324

A practical and portable Yolo reflector telescope designed for observing the Moon and planets.
SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1988 (v.76#2) pg. 198

Make a telescope for $500. Model 1. A report on amateur telescope making. Includes tips on assembling "Minerva", a 6" rich-field reflector on a Dobsonian-style altazimuth mounting.
SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1988 (v.76#3) pg. 250

Reflector (8") made using commercial optics. Features a square wooden "tube" and equitorial mounting made of wood-reinforced PVC pipe fittings. Est. cost: $500. Part 2 of a three-part series on amateur telescope building.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1989 (v.77#1) pg. 26

F/5.6 Newtonian reflector (10") features a stepper-motor drive on each axis. Est. cost: $500. Part 3 of a three-part series on amateur telescope building.
SKY & TELESCOPE May 1989 (v.77#5) pg. 488

An unobstructed Newtonian telescope. Design and construction tips for a telescope for a minimalist. Consists of a primary mirror, secondary mirror and eyepiece attached to a stick and fitted with two support legs.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1991 (v.81#3) pg. 320

The Fundyscope. A reflecting telescope design which offers a fixed, horizontal eyepiece and the advantage of rock-solid stability at any focal length. All tracking is done by manipulating a control mirror that selects and directs incoming light to the primary mirror.
SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1992 (v.84#2) pg. 212

Tips on building a large binocular-style reflecting telescope.
SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1993 (v.85#2) pg. 89

An off-axis Newtonian. Design and construction concepts for a telescope with a totally unobstructed light path. It features a tube that is circular at the bottom, but oval at the top. Part 1.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1993 (v.85#3) pg. 87

An off-axis Newtonian. Part 2. Equatorial mount, collimation and adjustment.
SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1993 (v.85#4) pg. 93

A truly economical telescope. Assemble a 4.5" equatorial-mounted Newtonian reflector complete with finderscope and eyepiece. Est. cost: $125.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1993 (v.86#6) pg. 91

Build a short Newtonian 6" telescope with spherical surfaces throughout. Tips on making both the mirror and lenses.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1994 (v.87#6) pg. 90

Star-test your telescope. Detailed information and instructions for testing the optical quality of a reflecting telescope.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1995 (v.89#3) pg. 42

Telescopic performance on the planets. Photos illustrate the effect of a central obstruction and wavefront error on the performance of a reflecting telescope.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1995 (v.89#3) pg. 90

Large fixed-eyepiece telescope allows observation while sitting comfortably in a heated observing room. A large, tiltable flat mirror directs light into a 20" reflector that is mounted upside down. The basic design concepts and limited construction information are described.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1995 (v.89#6) pg. 81

Christine. An elegant wooden telescope tube and mount which looks appropriate in the living room of a 1902 Victorian house. The mount is dual-purpose (both altazimuth and equatorial). The finder scope attaches by means of strong magnets. Photos and text describe the design and construction.
SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1995 (v.90#3) pg. 74

An optimized Newtonian reflector. Design and construction details which result in a 6" f/9 reflector that provides refractor-like views of the planets and deep-sky objects.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1997 (v.93#6) pg. 83

A modified (folded) Gregorian reflector with an 8" f/12 paraboloidal primary mirror and a concave ellipsoidal secondary mirror. The three-piece body and mount weigh about 235 pounds and feature all-wood construction.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1998 (v.95#1) pg. 112

A scavenger's 12" Newtonian reflector. Includes tips on making a mirror grinding tool from cement and ceramic tiles, a modified Dobsonian mount from recycled lumber, a homemade finderscope, etc.
SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1998 (v.95#4) pg. 96

A see-through acrylic-resin tube is useful for showing the operation of a reflecting telescope. Includes tips on construction and educational demonstrations.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jun 1998 (v.95#6) pg. 114

Joys of a telescope on a deck. Description of an amateur-built 8" f/11 Newtonian all-weather telescope with pipe fitting equatorial mount.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1998 (v.96#6) pg. 138

The Mersenne telescope. This variant of a neglected design combines the best attributes of both reflectors and refractors. This big-aperture reflector combines a Mersenne primary system with a quality refractor in a Dobsonian-style mount to provide viewing from a seated position.
SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1999 (v.98#3) pg. 130

Understanding thermal behavior in Newtonian reflectors. How to remedy thermal problems which can degrade image quality.
SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 2000 (v.100#3) pg. 125
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 2001 (v.101#1) pg. 16

The little Dob that could. Review of the SkyQuest XT4.5 Newtonian reflector on a Dobsonian mount. Includes simple modifications to reduce the amount of diffraction "noise" in the images and some traces of astigmatism.
SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 2001 (v.101#4) pg. 59
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 2001 (v.102#1) pg. 18

Newtonian baffling made easy. Home built or commercial measures that will eliminate contrast-killing stray light.
SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 2001 (v.101#4) pg. 128

Thermal management in Newtonian reflectors. Improve the optical quality by preventing a boundary layer of warm air from forming on the surface of the primary mirror.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 2002 (v.103#1) pg. 132
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE May 2002 (v.103#5) pg. 14
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Oct 2002 (v.104#4) pg. 14

A roundup of 6" travelscopes. A detailed description of four homebuilt, portable, reflecting telescopes.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 2002 (v.104#6) pg. 122

A hemispheric reflector. This pivoting telescope uses a stainless-steel hemisphere (a lid from a Weber grill) as the base, the housing for the mirror and the support for the two truss poles which carry the eyepiece.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 2003 (v.105#3) pg. 126

An inexpensive 4" f/10 telescope for a beginner. Buy the mirror and build the tube and mounting from plywood and plumbing pipe.
TELESCOPE MAKING #1 Fall 1978 pg. 2

A handsome 10" Newtonian, with an electric drive on each axis, yoke mounting (fork mount), and open tube. Photos and text describe some of the details of this scope.
TELESCOPE MAKING #2 Winter 1978 pg. 4

Photos of a 14" Newtonian reflector that is easy to build and works well. Features a standard German pipe mounting made from 3.4" industrial pipe. Telescope tube is the outside of a discarded fiberglass water tank.
TELESCOPE MAKING #2 Winter 1978 pg. 14

Build this all spherical relay telescope. Specifications are given for a 10", 12.5" and 16" model. The specifications were calculated with the aid of a large computer.
TELESCOPE MAKING #2 Winter 1978 pg. 16

Special issue on building big telescopes, those over 12" aperture.
TELESCOPE MAKING #3 Spring 1979 pg. 1

Design of a large "small" telescope. A detailed look at the 20" f/5.5 Newtonian reflector built for the Alfred University Observatory (Alfred, NY).
TELESCOPE MAKING #3 Spring 1979 pg. 4

A 10" portable open tube Newtonian. The tube is built from wood. A wall-mounted "alignment lathe" made it easier to fabricate an accurate tube.
TELESCOPE MAKING #3 Spring 1979 pg. 10

Apollo Observatory's (Dayton, Ohio) 19" Dall-Kirkham telescope. Cooperative building effort between amateurs and a museum. A general description, including photos.
TELESCOPE MAKING #3 Spring 1979 pg. 26

Description of the "fourty-feet" reflecting telescope by Sir William Herschel. A historial look at a 50" reflector built in 1785.
TELESCOPE MAKING #3 Spring 1979 pg. 28

Photo and letter describe the current status of the Macalester College (St.Paul, Minn) 24.5" reflector.
TELESCOPE MAKING #3 Spring 1979 pg. 48

A sturdy 8" f/6 Newtonian scope for the serious beginner. Built mostly of plywood, this square tube unit features slow-motion controls on both axis of the Dobsonian-style mount.
TELESCOPE MAKING #6 Winter 1979-80 pg. 4

Basic components illustrated for making a 3" rich field telescope.
TELESCOPE MAKING #6 Winter 1979-80 pg. 18

Wooden tube and base for a 20" Newtonian on an alt-azimuth Dobsonian-style mount.
TELESCOPE MAKING #7 Spring 1980 pg. 24
Added Info TELESCOPE MAKING #8 Summer 1980 pg. 39

Newtonian telescopes. A complete description of their optical capabilities. Both the mirror and the diagonal are examined.
TELESCOPE MAKING #9 Fall 1980 pg. 6

Newtonian aberrations. Diagrams and formulas help to understand the shape and character of the blurs for each type of aberration found in the common Newtonian telescope.
TELESCOPE MAKING #12 Summer 1981 pg. 4
Added Info TELESCOPE MAKING #13 Fall 1981 pg. 3

Vignetting. How to determine the size of diagonals, draw tubes, and dew caps in Newtonian telescopes.
TELESCOPE MAKING #18 Winter 1982-83 pg. 20

A "twitcher" telescope. A folding Dall-Kirkham 3" telescope is small enough to fit into an inside coat pocket.
TELESCOPE MAKING #21 Winter 1983 pg. 6

Construction of a 12" reflector with a run-off observatory is described.
TELESCOPE MAKING #21 Winter 1983 pg. 52

Table gives the correct size for diagonals in various size telescopes.
TELESCOPE MAKING #22 Spring 1984 pg. 10

An ultra-portable 6-inch reflector. A simple mirror box doubles as storage for the focus board. Four wooden struts support the focus board in use. The scope mounts on a camera tripod.
TELESCOPE MAKING #22 Spring 1984 pg. 12

The "ultimate" Newtonian. How to fine tune a Newtonian reflector to produce the best possible images.
TELESCOPE MAKING #23 Summer 1984 pg. 42

Equatorial split-ring telescope features open-tube design. Constructed mostly of plywood.
TELESCOPE MAKING #27 Spring 1986 pg. 32

Building a 14" ball-in-socket Newtonian telescope. The lower assembly of this open-tube reflector consists of a 24" diameter sphere which rests on a simple base and allows the telescope to be easily pointed in any direction.
TELESCOPE MAKING #29 Winter 1986-87 pg. 18

A new wide-field all-spherical telescope. Includes design parameters for a 10" clear aperture. Tips on grinding and polishing the mirror and lenses, null testing the corrector, etc.
TELESCOPE MAKING #30 Summer 1987 pg. 4

Optical specifications for the Schalck-Newtonian with a 12.5" spherical mirror.
TELESCOPE MAKING #31 Winter 1987-88 pg. 20
Added Info TELESCOPE MAKING #33 Summer 1988 pg. 3

Designing a Yolo telescope, an unobstructed wide-field reflector used mainly for observing the Moon, planets and double stars. Design uses standard 6" and 4.25" Pyrex blanks for the primary and secondary mirrors.
TELESCOPE MAKING #37 Summer 1989 pg. 12

Building a high-performance Newtonian reflector using a 4.25" f/10 mirror, 0.5" diagonal, and a 5" optical window. The tube is a simple plywood box assembled with nuts and bolts.
TELESCOPE MAKING #37 Summer 1989 pg. 26

Building a 6" unobstructed Yolo-Newtonian. Novel optical design consists of just two elements.
TELESCOPE MAKING #38 Fall 1989 pg. 4

Supertune your telescope for the very best performance. Some tips.
TELESCOPE MAKING #39 Winter 1989-90 pg. 16

Building a 14.5" f/6 yoke-mounted reflector for a hinged-roof observatory. Includes construction information for the 16" x 8-ft tube, yoke mounting, piers, and observatory.
TELESCOPE MAKING #42 Fall 1990 pg. 16

A split-ring 12.5" f/6 Newtonian for 9-degrees latitude. Drawings illustrate the construction of the wooden equatorial mounting, open tube and clock drive assembly.
TELESCOPE MAKING #43 Winter 1990-91 pg. 12