Astronomy Cast Ep. 329: Telescope Making, Part 3: Space Telescopes

by Fraser Cain January 6, 2014

As we’ve said before, all telescopes really want to be in space. In part 3 of our series on amateur telescope making, we bring you up to speed on the final frontier: amateurs building space telescopes. The hardware and software is available off the shelf, and launches have never been more affordable. The era of […]

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 328: Telescope Making, Part 2: Serious Gear

by Fraser Cain December 30, 2013

Some astronomers are control freaks. It’s not enough to buy a telescope, they want to craft every part of the experience with their own hands. If you’re ready, and willing to get your hands dirty (and covered in glass dust), you can join thousands of amateur telescope makers and build your own telescope from scratch. […]

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 327: Telescope Making, Part 1: Toys and Kits

by Fraser Cain December 23, 2013

Why pick up a low quality, wobbly telescope from the department store when you can craft your own – just like Galileo, and all the great astronomers from history. For a minor investment, you can build a worthy telescope out of spare parts and high quality kits. Fraser Cain on Google+

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Space Station Gets a New Telescope

by Nancy Atkinson January 16, 2013

Astronauts on the International Space Station today are installing a new modified Celestron telescope. This won’t be used to observe the stars, but instead look back to Earth to acquire imagery of specific areas of the world for disaster analysis and environmental studies. Called ISERV (International Space Station SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System), it […]

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Notes from an Amateur Telescope Maker’s Journal, Part 2

by Aqua4U October 31, 2012

First of all, I’d like to say thank you for all the feedback on the first entry from the Amateur Telescope Maker’s Journal and say “Hello! Kia ora! Namaste! Greetings and Salutations!” to all the amateur, professional and armchair astronomers who wrote from the USA, Guatemala, New Zealand, Finland, India and elsewhere. What a kick […]

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