From Wes in Atlantic Beach Florida:
This is my latest telescope making project- a Schiefspiegler Telescope (German= “skew” or “oblique reflector” ). The advantage of this type of telescope is that- unlike a typical Newtonian reflector, there is no obstruction in the light path of the primary- which reduces contrast- and unlike a refractor, there are no lenses to cause false color problems. The end result is a very inexpensive telescope (several have been built for less than $100.00) that will run with telescopes in the $5-7K range. This particular variant was designed by Dave Groski, an avid ATM’er who has won numerous awards at the Stellafane ATM gatherings over recent years. I built this telescope utilizing aluminum purchased from onlinemetals.com over a period of about 9 months, and it is a wonderful instrument to view through. The contrast and lack of false color makes it a wonderful instrument for lunar/planetary/double star observing.
This is outstanding. Thanks for sending the pictures. If you ever want to bring it to Seattle…we’re right on the water, and have relatively low light pollution at night. Wink, wink!