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My Steampunk Telescope

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Blog series by TelescopeMaker updated 967 days ago 6 parts 9776 reads 18 comments total

Part 1: The pieces so far

1305 days ago by TelescopeMaker | 7 comments »

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. This is what I have so far. Its held together with clamps right no...

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Part 2: How it fits together

1303 days ago by TelescopeMaker | 1 comment »

The whole point of this project is to reduce the weight of the telescope, and to do that all parts were re-examined to see if they were really needed. This is, therefore, by necessity a minimalist telescope. This is stricktly my design, but the idea is not new. I am indebted the inspiration and encouragement of Ross Sackett who makes beautiful telescopes” I got a little more done today, I cut the oblong holes in the mirror box that mount it to the boot. I was really worried that...

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Part 3: Balancing Act

1253 days ago by TelescopeMaker | 3 comments »

I’ve managed to work some more on my Telescope. One of the things that is very important in a telescope is that it be balanced. The last thing you want to happen is to point it at some pretty double star and say to your friend, “Take a look!” and have the scope move eight inches toward the ground. The center of balance determines the size of the trunnion bearings. So until I know where it balances, I can’t know the size of them. Before I determin the balance, al...

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Part 4: Applying head knowledge.

1190 days ago by TelescopeMaker | 5 comments »

Learning things about woodworking is like a lot of other things. You can get a lot of book knowledge and over intellectualize it, but in reality, there is no substitute for actually getting your hands dirty and doing it. I have been combing YouTube videos on everything from making guitars and violins looking for ways to do fancy inlays to how to do beautiful French polish. I read up on how to make non-splotchy stain finishes and how to smooth the wood with a scraper so that milling marks w...

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Part 5: Life got out of the way.

980 days ago by TelescopeMaker | 0 comments »

It’s been a while, and life got in the way, but finally it got out of the way again so I could work on my telescope. One thing that happened is that it looks like I won’t have to move to a different town after all. That has its upside and downside. The upside is, I will be able to get a lot more use out of the shop I invested so much time in creating. The downside is, I’m stuck with a smaller than I want shop. Maybe this will give me the motivation I need to put siding...

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Part 6: A Home For My Round Mirror.

967 days ago by TelescopeMaker | 2 comments »

Special announcement! This will be the last in this blog series! I have finished my Steampunk Telescope! Of course, that doesn’t mean I am finished tinkering with it. That is the thing about Amateur Telescope Makers, we are never really finished with a telescope. But for all intents and purposes I am. When I point it at a star, it is well balanced and stay where I point it. It does shake to much when I adjust it, and it settles down within 3 or four seconds. Not fantastic, but no...

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