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My Steampunk Telescope #1: The pieces so far

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Blog entry by TelescopeMaker posted 09-24-2010 02:02 AM 2230 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

This is a close up of an older version of what I am making.
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This is what I have so far. Its held together with clamps right now. All of the parts are rough cut except for the big octagonal box and the thing to the left of the clamp the “boot”.
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The boot is made of 3/8 baltic birch and some black gum from my yard we had to cut down several years ago.

Here is a better picture of it. I was afraid that it would swell and warp, so I prefinished the inside before gluing it up.
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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



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HerbC

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 02:07 AM

Gardner,

We like pictures. Some are even so rude as to insinuate that if there’s no pictures it didn’t happen… :)

Just kidding around. Soiunds like an interesting project. Look forward to your next blog entry about it.

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 04:19 AM

Heh. Yeah, I was trying to figure out how to add them and realized I have to upload them to flickr first.

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 04:29 AM

Looks great. Will it be motorized?

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 06:56 AM

Wow! I’ve always been curious about making a telescope. Ever since I read that guys like Galileo made their own.

Hope to see more photos. How well can this one ‘see’?

Can you share the plans?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 07:43 AM

Hi Gardner.

I’ve wanted one of these since I read my first Heinlein novel at age 13. Are you grinding your own mirror? I assume you’re going with a planetary mount?

Wish I had the room (and the money) for one of these. I’m in Manitoba, and the northern lights here in winter are bright enough to read by.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 09:18 AM

Gardner,

Great pictures!

Yeah, it can be a bit of a pain to have to upload photos to a sharing site before using them here but you got it togeather…

Look forward to learning more about your scope…

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#7 posted 09-25-2010 01:03 AM

This telescope will not be motorized. Not at first. Maybe later… or a new scope.

It is designed to have wide views with low magnification maybe 70 to 250 power. That allows seeing galaxies and nebulas and clusters on the low end, the moon in the mid-range, and pretty good views of the planets. I should be able to see Pluto with it.

I am grinding the mirror for it, from scratch. It’s almost done.

I can share the plans for it, and will, in the not too distant future. They are done with SketchUp.

I’ve never seen the northern lights. I’ve heard tales that you can hear them ;) I hope someday to see them.

Expense is not as much as you might expect, but it’s like any hobby – designed to separate you from your money.

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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