Telescope Making Resource
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Sun, 12 Oct 1997 16:36:33 -0700
I just discovered a website for Newport Glass today, after a colleague in
the Sidewalk Astronomers told me he bought his mirror kits there. The URL
for them is:
They have educational kits, as well as books that tell you how to grind,
polish, and figure the mirror curves.
As of today, 12 October 1997, I have mailed out 117 sets of telescope
plans. I requested $2.50 to help defray costs, but stated that this was
not required, if one could not afford it. To date, I have received
responses from 22 of the Scouters to whom I mailed plans, or slightly
less than 20%, plus inquiries from 6 others as to whether they should
send something to help defray my expenses.
To those 28 Scouters, I extend my heartfelt thanks.
It has been said by cynics that "no good deed ever goes unpunished",
and so it has been in this case, as I have currently spent several
hundred dollars more on this project than I have received. The officers
of the Los Angeles chapter of the Sidewalk Astronomers feel that I am
foolish to send out the plans before receiving the money. They tell me
Scouters are no different from anybody else.
Time will tell, but the preponderence of the evidence to date favors
In any event, I propose to continue as I have, foolish or not. If anybody
else subscribing to SCOUTS-L is interested in building a high quality
Newtonian reflector telescope with a Dobsonian mounting from commonly
available materials, e-mail me with your mailing address.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 808 Wood Badge 416-18
Ventura County Council at Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City