Portability 4 The telescope unlikely to be used in dome or on balcony- so must be portable. This also implies it must be de-mountable and easily assembled.
Mirror 4 The mirror spec is fixed; the cell must be designed to support the 'thin' 19" mirror without significantly degrading optical performance.
Height 4 Primarily fixed by mirror focal length and diameter- otherwise the lower the better, minimises the climb up a ladder. Will be approx 7 feet.
Footprint 4 The disassembled telescope should fit into a hatchback- e.g. Golf or Focus. 4 Must be easily stored at OASI e.g. in storage area at bottom of dome steps.
Weight 4 All de-mounted components should be capable of unaided lifting and manoeuvring by two (unexceptional) persons; imposes an upper limit of about 60 pounds per component.
Open Structure 4 Avoids fans and promotes rapid cooling of the primary. Less prone to wind vibration. Minimises weight.
Struts/Truss-Tubes 4 Short enough to fit into a hatchback; look into multi-section struts; struts cannot exceed a certain length (subject to design). 4 Can we use 6 struts rather than 8; this simplifies telescope balance and reduces weight?
Stiffness 4 Minimise flexure with rigid structures.
Rocker/Mirror Box 4 Rocker may be more elegant, simpler to make and achieve weight targets - but design is more speculative. 4 Mirror box is proven design but much heavier- and may not meet design requirements.
Secondary Cage 4 Keep as light as possible- consistent with mechanical rigidity. 4 Design should consider (optically) best available eyepieces- probably 2". 4 Secondary mirror pre-alignment should be designed-in. 4 Design needs to be safe for transportation.
Optical System 4 Mechanical assembly must be repeatable such that telescope is approximately pre- aligned. 4 Telescope must be capable of easy remote- site fine-alignment.
Baffling 4 Upper cage and primary mirror baffles need to be de-mountable and easily installed.
Drive System 4 Although initially envisioned to be manually tracking, it would be highly desirable to be capable of upgrading to automatic tracking, at a later date.
Economy of Materials 4 Minimise costs by keeping material weight down. 4 Use plywood + steel where possible and standard components if available.
Economy of Machining Design as many non-standard components as possible that can be produced "in-house". Consider use of plywood, for rocker or mirror box, etc; and Martin's metal working expertise for other components.