Stargazing On A Budget – Make Your Very Own Astronomy Telescope!
I set this website up because I absolutely love astronomy. I study everything from the smallest star to planets and eclipses. However, until recently, star gazing was out of my league. I couldn’t afford a telescope. That’s why I want to share this website with as many people as possible.
Since you’ve found this website I’m assuming you love star gazing as much as I do. The truth is, I’m always on the internet looking for astronomy information and telescope innovations. While doing some research, I stumbled upon a fantastic manuscript by Mr Allyn J Thompson.
Mr Thompson is one of the most accomplished and well-known telescope makers of all time.. I noticed that most of his work was available online with the exception of one of the most important pieces of work, ‘Making Your Own Telescope’. Even though it was first published in 1947, this book has the best telescope making information I have ever seen.
In order to make your reading easier I convert the book chapters into web 21 chapters and here’s just a snippet of what is covered:
- The story of the telescope – discover what was first used to view the stars, the moon and 5 other planets.
- Full instructions on how to assemble each section step by step.
- Insider information on how to ‘grind the lens’ and spherical surfaces on the glass. This is a very specialized technique.
- Where to find all the materials and tools you’ll need to build your telescope.
- The pitch lap¡ªthis can be a bit dangerous, so you’ll be shown the correct and safe way to do it.
- How to test, correct and polish¡ªat this stage you’ll have to be very precise so as to get the mirrors just right.
- How the ‘Paraboloid’ works and how to get the angles right. Discover how to get the curve to its correct ‘sphere.’
If this is the kind of information that you have been looking for, here’s the good news…
I have contacted the original copyright owners and gained permission to republish Mr Allyn J Thompson’s complete work on this website. Although I had to pay to have the manuscript reformatted and published online, astronomy is my passion. Therefore, I want to share this book with as many people as possible for free.
The information is second to none and you’ll soon be gazing at the stars through your very own telescope.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Cheers and Happy Stargazing