Amateur Telescope Making


Glass pushing is a strange pursuit, and those who grow accustomed to it and its trials and tribulations and learn how to use and develop good techniques, I believe, develop a state of patience and zen that serves them well in other parts of life.

Either that or they become psychotic 😉

– extract from a message on the Amateur Telescope Makers mailing list

The pages under this menu item describe my struggles to make a Newtonian reflecting telescope, starting from grinding and polishing a six-inch main mirror, to building the complete frame and a Dobsonian mount.

The following pages contain the details.

Blundering into ATM-land

Assembling the kit

The Dobsonian Mount

Aperture Fever