I make telescopes.
This is my first big one. O, so its not so big, its only 12” in diameter, and big (to me) is 20”. But its big enough for me, and something that I have wanted to do since I was a kid.
It will be completely functional, and it will also (eventually) be tricked out in the Steampunk style – brass, wood, gears and fancy stuff.
The boot is made of 3/8 baltic birch and some black gum from my yard we had to cut down several years ago.
The octagonal box is where the mirror will be mounted (on the aluminum ‘mirror cell’). In reality, it just sort of rests there by gravity.
The curved horn is actually a large trunnion bearing that rides in its older. it allows the mirror to tilt in order to point to different parts of the sky.
What I am not showing is the eyepiece end… that comes later.
-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower