As of 2022 this is a new website. Almost all of the pages were updated and several new ones were added, they have been designated “(New)” in the menu.
Amateur Telescope Making
Creating your own instrument is very fulfilling. Discovering the universe with a homemade telescope gives every observation an extra dimension. But making your own is a journey in itself, the telescopes and projects that feature on this website where preceded by many failures and a lot of learning. Hopefully the information on this website will aid you in your own journey.
This website contains information on several telescopes that I build over the last 30 years. You can find them under the header “Telescopes” in the menu.
20 cm f4 String Telescope, two versions of a telescope I build for air travel
45 cm f4.5 String telescope, a telescope I rebuild several times over the course of 10 years
45 cm f4.6 Final version, a complete rebuild of the 45 cm into a Lowrider
45 cm f4.6 Binoscope, a binocular telescope I finished in 2015, but that still needs to a major upgrade and that will probably be operational again in 2023
30 cm f4.6 Travelscope, a telescope I build as a replacement for the 20 cm f4 string telescope.
11 cm f4 Travelscope, an upgrade from a older telescope for a pack trip to Asia
30 cm f4.5 Binoscope, a new telescope that I finished designing. The build I will start in the summer of 2023
Once you start building telescopes, why not build some other stuff. Under the header “Other Projects” you can find the following pages on related ATM projects.
Split Pupil finder
Observation Chair, two versions of the same design
Although much of this website is dedicated to building telescopes, observing the sky is always the end goal. Under “Observing” in the menu you can find some pages with topics related to the night sky. I hope to add more pages in the future.