Jim Strickland sent word that Lindsay's Technical Books is shutting down next year, not for financial reasons but simply because Lindsay is retiring. Their last print catalog has been sent. Order the stuff you've been prevaricating about for years--I will be. (Recommendation: Radio for the Millions.) Tip for those who haven't heard of him before: Lots of steampunk-pertinent do-it-yourself there.
The first mirror for this telescope has now been completed. The finished telescope will have seven of them. I struggled to grind, polish, and figure a ten-inch mirror when I was 15. This helps me put the whole thing in perspective. Wow.