Jack Gelfand Astronomy and Telescopes

THE FLYING DOBSONIAN

PORTABLE AIRLINE TRAVEL SUITCASE 16" TELESCOPE TO GO





This is a photograph of me in the Phoenix airport with my suitcase 16" Dobsonian telescope. It fits in one airline suitcase and one carry on box containing the mirror. This scope won second prize for mechanical design at Stellafane '98.

The telescope is described in the April,1999 issue of Sky and Telescope Magazine.Download

Expanded version of the article with more construction details

Parts used and their suppliers with additional construction details.

Design of the diagonal holder

Design of mirror box and clamp

Links to other lightweight and portable scopes





Here are the two suitcases ready to be unpacked.






Here are the two cases with their tops open. The cover of the mirror box serves as the ground board. The inside of the suitcase with some of the packing removed shows the nested rocker box, top half of the mirror box and the diagonal cage. There are 8 telescoping monopod legs which serve as the truss tubes and the two side bearings are packed in the top of the suitcase.






This is the fully assembled telescope.




More photos on the next page




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