Melsheimer is the President and founder of DFM Engineering, Inc. with over 29 years of photonics experience
designing, building, and testing over 70 research grade telescopes worldwide.
Dr. Melsheimer has prepared a paper detailing the many factors and considerations in purchasing a research
How to Buy a Telescope
Over the course of these many years of experience, he has gained invaluable practical knowledge on a subject
that many individuals may approach only once in a scientific career.
Dr. Melsheimer addresses the variety of applications for a research grade telescope, the basis of a decision
to purchase a telescope of this caliber, cost vs. performance issues, purchasing considerations and the
necessary assurance of quality and service from the manufacturer.
It is an irreplaceable guide for a major purchase.