Starting to build a 240mm Newtonian

More aperture is better. I've started to build a 240 mm Newtonian with some mirror blanks from Tammilasi and knowledgeable help and grinding materials from Teknofokus.

The first task was to grind the 240 mm diameter (40 mm thick) borosilicate mirror blanks flat on each side. This took around 1.5 hours per side using 60-grit silicon carbide and grinding against a flat steel plate.

See also mirror grinding video by The Sky at Night/BBC.