NOVAC members are active amateur telescope makers (ATMs) who make and use their own instruments and accessories. A special interest group (SIG) has been formed within NOVAC to help members share their ideas about telescope making. ATM-SIG meetings are held on the third Saturday each month in a members house.
Examples of NOVAC ATM Efforts:
“Sweet Sixteen” is NOVAC’s new large club telescope. Club member Bill Powers generously donated a large (16″ f/7.5) mirror, other optics, and structural material to NOVAC. Club President, Ed Karch, designated a “Gang of Sixteen”, all notorious ATM nuts, to build a telescope from this treasure hoard. Six months of work have resulted in an unusual large Folded Newtonian reflector, with a special “flexing” mirror design, on a modified Dobsonian mount.
4.25″ f4 truss plank – 6" f/4-f/10 Truss Plank Telescope (w/ selectable 2.5x Barlow Diagonal)
Small red dob by Ralph Marple.
Check out Bob Bunge’s ATM website at http://www.ladyandtramp.com/scope.htm .