Construction of a telescope:
Making your own telescope is an ambitious project, and like any big project, it's important to make sure that you're up to the task. The first thing to do is to read and learn about the subject. This page sums up the topics to take into account before starting.
STATUS OF THIS STEPstart : dec. 2013
completed : jan. 2014
It is always great to learn new skills but it helps to have some basis in the following areas:
The following Materials will be required. Most can be obtained second hand or bought new:
I have no time constraints : the project will take whatever time it requires, most likely one or two years.
No-one is born with the know-how to make a telescope. Such a project would be very difficult if not impossible alone. Many websites offer a lot of great advice but nothing equals a face to face discussion with someone who has experience. This is why I decided to join the Société d'Astronomie de Rennes (SAR), which includes a group involved in mirror polishing. They meet every 1st Saturday of the month. Their support and their know-how will help me acquire the skills and knowledge needed to go through the many steps of this project.
Making your own telescope is not necessarily cheaper than buying new. Saving money is therefore not a motivation in this project. It is useful to make a rough estimation of the main costs :
Yes I can !