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(Salt Lake Tribune)   Who is awesome? This guy is SERIOUSLY awesome. A long-haul truck driver has built a 70-inch telescope using plans developed in his head while out on the road. Pretty much the only help he received was in the form of calculating the focal length   ( sltrib.com) divider line
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2013-10-31 01:58:45 PM  
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FTA: "This isn't about me. This is about passion and about pursuing your dreams," he said. "Everyone has their own personal telescope El Guapo - maybe it's making an amazing wedding dress for your daughter. So you learn to sew and you make that dress. You don't have to be a fancy person. Anyone can achieve their dreams."

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2013-10-31 12:18:17 PM  
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"I've been interested in telescopes my whole life. I've always had bad vision, and telescopes have been almost like a prosthesis for me.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:  our bad-sighted, long-haul truck driver!
2013-10-31 01:50:46 PM  
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"See, truck drivers, what you can accomplish when you're not entirely focused on murdering prostitutes."
2013-10-31 05:15:47 PM  
1 vote:

scottydoesntknow: vygramul: I'm jealous. I wonder how much it all cost, especially the glass.

Considering the glass was chipped and most likely just going to be trashed, he probably got a great deal on it.

/I bet the guy who chipped it had a terrible day

It's not like a bad mirror has stopped the government from launching telescopes into space before....
2013-10-31 11:38:36 AM  
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Cold_Sassy: That is one of the coolest things I've read on this site, ever.

Oh, sure, but it's a Dobsonian, so it's crap because he doesn't have it on an equatorial mount.
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