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Dobsonian Build your own?

Tracy Perry

Dark Sky Lover

William Optics 103mm
Celestron NexStar 8SE

My first real exposure to amateur astronomy was from a friend that was "really" into it... so much so that he built his own Dobsonian from scratch (other than the mirrors and such).

Was a really surprising experience as he had a 12" Dobsonian that was really great for DSO objects when viewing live.
Of course, this was about 3 decades ago... when I think more people were into it this way than they are now where it's a simple "Well, I got XXXX dollars to spend, what telescope do I want".

Anyone else actually build a scope from a kit or from scratch?