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8" Dobsonian Telescope | by Paul Garland
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8" Dobsonian Telescope

The typical dobsonian telescope owner upgrades it by adding various finder scopes to help aim the telescope. In addition to a 2 inch premium eyepiece mine has a green laser pointer, a Telrad, a 50mm finder scope, and a Meade red dot scope. All of this additional weight on the front end of the telescope makes it want to nose dive, so counter weighting at the other end is the proper solution.

 

Robert Thompson's book called "Astronomy Hacks" suggests an innovative solution - magnets. At various flea markets I have bought old worn out speakers for next to nothing, and taken them apart just to salvage the magnet.

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Taken on May 8, 2008