on the Amateur Telescope Makers
email list (with answers, of course).
Last Updated: January 17, 2004
This FAQ answers some of the most frequently asked questions on the Amateur Telescope Makers email list. It is divided into eight sections as described below. The home site for this FAQ is http://www.starastronomy.org/TelescopeMaking/faq/index.html.
|Date: Tue, 12 May 1998
From: a list member
Subject: ATM First light !!!
This has been an experience building this thing!! With almost no tools at all I ground and polished the mirror in my 11 squaremeter room (I am living on Campus) and the woodwork was done either in my room, in the kitchen (shared with 4 other people), or outdoors on the balcony. So I guess it's true that anyone can do this, anywhere, and with almost no tools at all!!!
|Complete Table Of Contents||What's needed/How can you help?|
- ATM FAQ Home Page (you are here)
- Section 1: ATM List - Basics, Info, and Rules - Please read this entire section of the FAQ.
1.1 ATM Mailing List Resources
1.2 List Rules
1.3 Subscribing / Unsubscribing
1.4 File Uploads
- Section 2 Telescope making
2.0 Telescope making
2.1 Buying versus making
2.2 Cutting circles in wood
2.3 Best paint/material for tube lining
2.4 Focuser placement
2.5 Spider construction
- Section 3 Mirror making
3.0 Grinding mirrors
3.1 Beveling the edge
3.2 Removing pitch from a tool
3.3 How to package a mirror for shipping to the coater
3.4 Testing for good contact during grinding
3.5 When to move on to the next grit
3.6 How do you tell when you're done polishing?
3.7 Standard versus enhanced coatings
3.8 Removing coatings from a mirror
3.9 A PostScript program for generating a Couder mask
3.10 Types of glass
3.11 Scratch-dig numbers
3.12 Abrasives - size and classification
3.13 Foucault and slitless testers
3.14 Wave nature of light
3.15 What's "1/4 wave" mean?
- Section 4 Supplies and vendors
- Section 5 References, information, clubs
5.0 References, information, clubs
5.3 Online resources
5.3.1 Web sites
5.3.2 Usenet News
5.3.3 Email lists
5.4 Software sites
5.5 ATM clubs
- Section 6 Glossary of a few ATM terms
- Section 7 Pronunciation of "famous" names and terms
- Section 8 Updates, list maintenance, and miscellaneous stuff (copyrights, liability statement)
This document, its contents, and its Web representation are Copyright ©1996, Michael Lindner and others. For complete copyright information, including allowed uses of this FAQ, please see Section 8. Initially created on Thursday, September 12, 1996 by Tim Poulsen.