You can make a telescope for around $25 in materials. You can make one for $50 that will amaze your friends and family, and show you things you didn't know existed. It can be done in a few weeks. However, telescope-making can get messy. You can break a piece you've slaved over. Then you walk around in the worst mood you have ever been in. But in the end you have a telescope that people will look at, and through, and say, "You couldn't have made this." Yes, you did, and that is the best part of all.
Let's make a telescope.
Table of Contents[edit | edit source]
- Thinking About Telescopes
- Project 1: The Newtonian Reflector
- Making the Optics
- Assembling the Telescope
- The Telescope Mount
External Links[edit | edit source]
- The Surplus Shed, Optical Parts
- Astromart Telescope Making Page
- American Science and Surplus, Optical Parts
- Got Grit sells grinding materials. They have a good reputation.
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- "Build your own telescope" shows how to set up an extremely low-cost demonstration of how telescopes work.
- The Cookbook Camera (CCD "Cookbook Camera" Project) was a great resource in 1996 for people who wanted to add a CCD to their telescope. Is "Wikibooks: Telescope Making" the best place to bring it up-to-date?
- adapting a low-cost web camera to a telescope
- "The Trackball telescope"; OR "The Trackball telescope" describes yet another style of telescope mount that uses a sphere resting against a driven axle to track the stars.
- "Mel Bartels Mirror Making Page" One of the most respected and quoted amateur mirror and telescope makers.
- "Telescope Makers Web Ring Home Page" This is the home page where you can list your web site and show off your creation;This is the list of websites in the ring.
- "The Amateur Telescope Makers list server" You can join the list or just read the postings and the archives. A huge source of information.
- "Mark's Notes for the Amateur Telescope Maker" by Mark T. VandeWettering.
- "Barn Door Star Tracker" by Tom Veik.