Bruce Sayre’s new 14 1/4-inch binocular telescope will be featured at the Nevada County Astronomy Club’s next meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in the community room of Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.
He will discuss binocular scopes in general and the new ideas that went into designing the 14 1/4 telescope. Sayre is a veteran telescope maker, having made numerous super large binoculars of 22-inch aperture, but these are not very portable. He wanted to construct a binocular scope that is portable and can be quickly set up in the field. Mirrors were ground by local amateur mirror maker Bill Thomas. Both Thomas and Sayre are members of the Nevada County Astronomy Club.