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Information especially for beginners who want to make their own telescope

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Before you start: Whilst you are learning to set up and grind your mirror - and waiting for the necessary supplies to be obtained- You can start by learning something about the sky, if you are not already familiar with the constellations and nebulae etc. A good pair of binoculars (which most people already have on hand) can show you lots of star groups and other items in the sky. A good star atlas can guide you in learning what is out there, to be seen at higher magnification when you finally have your telescope completed.

7 x 35, or better yet 7 x 50mm binoculars will giveyou a wider view of things than the rather narrow section of sky (Usually only 1/2 or 3/4 of a degree) that you will see with a telescope. Higher magnification Binocs., say 10 x 50mm are hard to hold steady so if you have such a pair - click on the design for a "Binocular Box" which is easy to make from odds and ends, and can make your viewing much easier.

In the U.S. and Canada there are magazines : "Sky and Telescope," "Astronomy," and (in Canada) "Sky News" which contain advertisements for supplies and accessories, such as eyepieces, focus-mounts, mirror-kits etc. Willman-Bell, publishers, also supply books, mirror-kits and other materials of interest for amateur astronomers.

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