If you have ever dreamed of exploring the universe by yourself, but you have little to no intention of spending your precious pennies on a telescope, I’m going to tell you about a book that I recently discovered and that just managed to blow me away.
Build Your Own Telescope is a book written by Richard Berry with the intention of letting people know about the means that you can take advantage of to build your own optical instruments with the help of which you can look at the stars. What I found particularly useful about this book was that it came with step-by-step, comprehensive instructions that didn’t seem to be intended for the ultimate tech-savvy individual. Instead, the author adopted a user-friendly terminology that allowed me to understand the plans and photographs.
Build Your Own Telescope can help you construct as many as five types of telescope. The 4” f/10 reflector, for example, is the perfect option for a person who’s only starting out and who has little to no experience when it comes to studying the field of astronomy. It’s the build that I would personally recommend if you’re a parent looking to create something fun that your child can use in his or her spare time.
The 6” f/8 Dobsonian Reflector is a light telescope that’s on the small side of things. The fact of the matter is that it’s one of the most satisfactory telescopes that you can build at home as it will entice the curiosity and interest of your kid for several years to come. Another type that you can construct with the help of the instructions in this book is the 6” f/8 Equatorial Reflector. This design is somewhat classic compared to those that I’ve tackled already, but it’s by far the best choice for people who are amateur craftsmen or occasional astronomers. It works and looks great, so it will even impress your friends if you decide to display it in your living room.
Last, but not least, Richard Berry’s book can also assist you with constructing your own 10” f/6 Dobsonian and 6” f/15 Refractor which are both powerful and versatile telescopes that typically outperform most of the models you can buy on the market nowadays as they have a large aperture.
Naturally, before deciding to purchase the book, I went through some of the reviews that it had gathered on sites like Amazon, for example. What really convinced me to choose it was that people said that the book takes an entirely different approach compared to others in that it presents the detailed plans of five telescopes that can be built from scratch.