Zane Landers: A new generation updates the classic Dob

Zane Landers is an 18-year-old college senior and telescope maker from Stamford, Connecticut. Zane has built over a dozen telescopes ranging from 6″ to 24″ in aperture and is now working on a meter-class Dobsonian as his next project. Zane is an avid deep-sky observer and sidewalk astronomer, setting up a telescope somewhere almost every clear night and having observed elusive objects such as Integrated Flux Nebula. Zane is currently studying Communications at the University of Connecticut and hopes to work as a science writer and communicator.

Description of talk:
In this talk, Zane will be going over the efforts of a number of teens and college students to build their own telescopes and the technologies and techniques used to make them cheaper, more capable, and more portable than ever before including 3D printing, DIY interferometry, sub-f/4 mirrors, spray silvering, and cellular/meniscus mirror blanks. With the implementation of these methods, Zane hopes to usher in a new generation of portable, affordable and practical large Dobsonian telescopes for visual observing and outreach.