With this scope, I hope to use as much scrap wood left over from my other projects as I can. I also have a bunch of extra hardware. I will reuse the secondary ring and struts from the existing ball scope. This scope will also be mounted on some type of tripod to being the eyepiece up higher. I figure the rocker box will be about 18" off of the ground to give me good eyepiece height. I think the tripod will be a challenge, but I am up to it!
I plan to use the same 3 struts from the ball scope like you see here. The mirror box is the same configuration as my other two scopes. I am using glue and finishing nails to put the pieces together and they seem to be strong enough for a little scope.
Like the 16" scope, I am using some wood glue and brass inserts to attach the bearings. I plan to retrofit my 12" the same way. All wood will be baltic birch plywood and dowels.
The bearings are 12" in diameter and 3/4" thick. The bottom of the mirror box is 3/4" thick
and everything else is 1/2" thick. The two dowels are 1" baltic birch dowels.
More to come!