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Telescope making

Mike Koop


Learn to make a telescope! Class begins Saturday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Houge Park. It's easier than you think and a lot of fun! The class will meet bi-monthly based on the Houge Park star party schedule.

The class format is casual, with a talk at the beginning followed by a grinding session. The talk will be on all aspects of telescope making, focusing on mirror making in the beginning and scope building at the end, corresponding to where most people are in the class. A Foucault tester will be available to help determine the figure of your mirror along with some advice on how to correct it.

A few SJAA members have partially completed mirrors, so bring those on in to finish them up. The club is also working on a 10-inch "Community Mirror". So if you want to get a feel for what mirror making is all about, come join us for an evening!

ATM classes for the first half of 2003:

Thursday Classes: Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Mar. 27, Apr. 24, May 22, June 19

Saturday Classes: Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 5, May 10, June 7

(Oh, and ATM means "amateur telescope maker.")


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