Telescope Making

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This is my father’s garage where he is currently working on his telescope hobby.

The glass casting oven is a oven made from scratch where it is able to make up to a 20′ mirror blank.

Diamond Curve Generating Machine/Mirror grinding & polishing- Own personal design/invention, uses a roller coaster, where the diamond grinder rides the curve track. Able to do any curve of radius(negative or positive) because of the spring steel track design. Able to grind/polish up to a 32′ mirror.

40′ Vacuum Tank. The mirror sits vertical, attaching itself to the door with an aluminum ring. Vaporization process is horizontal.

Our Goal;
Seeing amateur astronomy going to a larger level & to promote larger telescope making in amateur astronomers

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Telescope Making — 25 Comments

  1. so whats the vacuum …
    so whats the vacuum chamber used for in making telescope mirrors? i dont get that part

  2. im here because my …
    im here because my daughter wants a telescope, you and i have alot in common,
    that is nothing is impossible.

  3. Yes, I’ve used …
    Yes, I’ve used prisms before instead of a secondary mirror, I prefer the secondary mirror though.

  4. I have a …
    I have a question.Instead of using flat secondary mirror can I use a prism? i mean for newtonian scopes

  5. That’s a really …
    That’s a really nice selection of kit, you could also vacuum carbon fibre and bake it for maximum strength. With cf tubes think what you could have with a 32″ mirror. Nice.

  6. that would be …
    that would be awesome to build a telescope completely from scratch..

  7. can someone explain …
    can someone explain me WHAT that thing is? cus it aint a telescope thats for sure

  8. Awesome, guys! …
    Awesome, guys! Keep up the good work. I am working on building just an 8″ dobsonian, with purchased mirrors.

  9. Fantastic!!! it is …
    Fantastic!!! it is always amazing in those times of mass produced hysteria there are always people that actually use their brain to build something unique.

  10. This is great but …
    This is great but it’d be easier to follow if you guys spoke to camera.

  11. It looks like a lot …
    It looks like a lot of effort and investment into making just a few lenzes and mirrors wouldnt it be cheaper to buy those items to build with?

  12. Wow you live in …
    Wow you live in south austin, I live near Mccallum highschool, thats such an awesome project, are you actually going into buisness making telescopes?

  13. Ah…Duh…I never …
    Ah…Duh…I never considered they would be coating themselves! Thanks.

  14. the vacuum chamber …
    the vacuum chamber is probably used to coat the mirror blank, by evaporating some material at high temperature.

  15. I’ve been reading a …
    I’ve been reading a lot about telescope making and mirror grinding lately, but this is the first time I have seen a reference to a vacuum chamber. What is it used for? Great videos, keep them coming!

  16. And how do you …
    And how do you think i should make the telescope at home condition? To make those devices it’s imposible for me. What to do to make my own telescope? 🙁

  17. This is pretty …
    This is pretty amazing. I’d love to see the end result of your labors. You have brought amateur telescope making to a new level, that much is certain.

    Francis J. O’Reilly

  18. Hi
    I am a member of …

    Hi
    I am a member of the Albuquerque Astronomical Society and do design for the web site. Your knowledge as well as your equipment is impressive. Keep up the good work and keep us TAAS members informed!

  19. Hey, this is Alan. …
    Hey, this is Alan. You’ve done a lot of work since I was last in that garage. The lingo still throws me for a loop.

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