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DIY-ATM Resource Library

The following list of books and internet sites will always be "under-construction". This list was compiled from members of the ASEM DIY-ATM SIG, and its friends, and is for the intent of sharing the best of books and internet links that SIG members feel are representative and beneficial of all that is "out there" for resources.

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Books


ATM - Making and Fixing Scopes

An explanation of Amateur Telescope Making
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_telescope_making

Stellafane Links Page
One of the largest, up-to-date, list of links to other ATM'rs, designs, and suppliers, and it is indexed.
Most likely, if it is out there, it is on this page.  Look here first!
http://stellafane.org/misc/links.html

Stellafane: "Build a Dobsonian Telescope" page
http://stellafane.org/tm/dob/index.html

John Stewart's ATM links page
Another large link page.
http://users.erols.com/thestewarts/atm.html

Refurbing Old Scopes

Not quite DIY, but if you want it fast, this is a supplier of wood re-build kits and accessories, for many older dobsonian brands.
Even if you were going to DIY, in lieu of buying, the designs in here are worth noting.
DobSTUFF - Complete Telescopes or Wood Parts for your Optics

"Rescue Upgrade Kits and Parts"
http://www.astronomy-shoppe.com/dob-kits.htm

Coulter Dobsonians

Updating the Coulter Odyssey I (13.1") Dobsonian Telescope
Look within the menu on the right for this owners upgrade steps (part 1, 2, 3)
http://lunarphoto.blogspot.com/2008/12/third-upgrade-of-coulter-odyssey-1.html

Coulter Mirror Cell Makeover
http://old.starastronomy.org/TelescopeMaking/MirrorCell/index.html

Fixing up an Odessey 8 Dob
http://sites.google.com/site/coulterodyssey/home

Retrofitting a 13.1" Coulter Dobsonian
http://www.atmob.org/library/member/DaveA/Retrofitting_a_13.html

Final results of rehabing a 17 inch Coulter
Dobsonian Rebuild


Binoculars

Mounts

Parallelogram Mount

My Astromonical Miscellany - Light Duty Parallelogram
The most straight forward wood design, using camera ball mount and metal balancing tube.
Includes plan drawings.
http://kindellism.webs.com/lightdutyparallelogram.htm

AndyTalksAstro: Home made Parallelogram binocular mount
Looks to be heavy, but has an simple functional binocular interface.
http://andytalksastro.blogspot.com/2008/04/home-made-parallelogram-binocular-mount.html

Mount and Chair
All wood design, except the pedestal. Binocular interface is unique.
http://www.homebuiltastronomy.com/binochair/BinocularChair.html

Building a parallelogram binocular mount
Using Aluminum tubes in lieu of wood for big binoculars
http://members.ziggo.nl/jhm.vangastel/Astronomy/binocs/binocs.htm

Keller Mount
All Aluminum
http://www.dalekeller.net/ATM/binoculars/keller/kellerbino.htm


Equipment Cases

For Eyepieces


For Scopes


For Mounts


Chairs

For Telescopes

Astronomy - Observing Chair
Not on the Stellafane links page
http://www.craigcolvin.com/Astronomy/Chair/index.html

Observation Chair
Not on the Stellafane links page
http://www.netstreamsol.com.au/astronomy/chair/

CatsPerch Chair
Commercial
http://www.catseyecollimation.com/cperch1.html


ATM Parts Suppliers

In The Saint Louis Area

"MSC" (Machine Supply Company) in Westport
http://www1.mscdirect.com/cgi/nnsrhm

"SDP-SI" (Stock Drive Parts - Sterling Instruments)
http://www.sdp-si.com/

Recommended National

Scope-Stuff
http://www.scopestuff.com/

"CNC" Supply for AstroPhotography Camera/Lens Adapters
http://www.cncsupplyinc.com/


Design Aids

Free Internet Programs

Google Sketch-Up - a free, easy to use sketching tool
http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/


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