By fortunate happenstance, I managed to acquire a somewhat dirty and disused, but quite serviceable 10" newtonian telescope. Since then I've had great fun finding nebulae, examining planets, and gazing in awe at the detail that can be seen on the moon.
I've had some trouble finding things though. Using a finder scope (the small telescope mounted on the side of your larger one) is a big pain in the rear. At one of the monthly star parties hosted by our local astronomical society I saw that someone had a green laser mounted to the side of his telescope in place of a finder scope. It was amazing! He didn't have to mess around with anything, he just turned on the laser, pointed it where he wanted to look, and there it was!
I of course thought to myself, "I can make one of those!" So here I'll show you how you can as well, and save a few bucks off the cost of buying one of them new. This is a very simple and cheap fix that will definitely make amateur astronomy a lot more fun!
If you should decide to make one of these yourself, make sure to post a picture in the comments section below, and I'll send you a digital patch!