Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RIP John Dobson

Father of sidewalk and, I would argue, cheaper astronomy, John Dobson passed away this morning. A big loss to the astro community. He invented the "Dobsonian" telescope mount, which has enabled cheaper telecope construction because the telescope optical tube assemblies could be mounted on a box, lazy-susan mount design. This mount could be made from wood and is a super-simple design allowing easy alt-azimuth movement.

Thank you for your contributions to popular astronomy!

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