8" Newtonian Reflector in the backyard of my parents Bull Creek home mid-1978
In 1978, I sold my first astronomical telescope, a cheap ~$400 4.5" f/10 Newtonian Reflector that I'd acquired a year or more earlier (and seem to have no photos of), and purchased parts to make an 8" f/6 Newtonian Reflector on a German equatorial mount (no motor drives) for ~$800 from Astro Optical Supplies. I recall intending to do prime focus photography with the SLR and I had a slightly oversized diagonal mirror to ensure good 35mm film field coverage.
Film ASA-125 Ilford HP-4 . Scanned using Canon MP980 MFP 6/10/2011.
From 1978-81 Early Days