I have done and made.
I live in Cairns, North Queensland, Australia,away from the mainstream
of telescope making activities. I am working alone, no one I know of
here sharing my interest. Apart from the many books I have on the subject
I have had to find my own way.
With the first mirror I made over thirty years ago I got into all the
trouble imaginable and had to get myself out of it. I believe this experience
to be invaluable. While I claim to be no authority on the subject, others
may be interested in what I have done and what I have made. This is
not a "how to", but a "how I" have done things. l am fortunate to have
at my disposal a small engineering workshop and a small brass and aluminium
For a period of thirty years I gave away telescope making to make Gem
Faceting Machines. A few years ago I returned to it and set up a small
optical shop. I am not suggesting that others should do it my way. I
could be said that I have gone to unnesessary trouble. May be so if
only one mirror is being made, but I have made a lot of mirrors. I have
made grinding and polishing machines and testing equipment. 1 make cast
iron tools for grinding. I get as much enjoyment making all this equipment
as I do in using it.
Most embark on making a telescope to have an instrument to use. I am
not interested in looking through telescopes, only making them. I made
gem faceting machines for nineteen years before I ever watched a gemstone
being faceted. I have never facetted a gemstone and never will. I have
no interest in it. Yet my machines are acclaimed Australia wide and
even overseas and have won numerous National and international competitions..
I have used telescopes though. But at seventy six years of age my eyesight
is not the best. However here goes.