Astrophotography History

1.5 inch refractor, my first telescope

1.5 inch refractor

My first telescope was a 1 1/2 inch refractor built from a single lens objective and one or two lenses in a thread spool (can't remember which) for the eyepiece from Edmund Scientific. I scrounged the tube and mount parts from my Dad's garage for a total price of about $5.50 in 1956. I remember looking at Mars which was difficult with such an unsteady mount and saw the orange disk but no markings

Astronomy and Birding Photography