Categories: General
      Date: Mar  8, 2010
     Title: Telescope Making Classes
Build a telescope the Dobson way. You will learn about John Dobson and his reflector telescope, as well as how these telescopes work. You’ll learn the step-by-step method for grinding and polishing the mirror, building the mount, and assembling a complete telescope.


San Francisco Amateur Astronomers president, Dave Frey, will be giving a class on telescope making this spring. The class runs from 18 March through 20 May and meets on Thursdays from 7-9:30 pm at the Randall Museum. The class fee, exclusive of telescope material costs, is $175 ($170 for members of the Randall Museum).

Build a telescope the Dobson way. You will learn about John Dobson and his reflector telescope, as well as how these telescopes work. You’ll learn the step-by-step method for grinding and polishing the mirror, building the mount, and assembling a complete telescope. Seeing the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, or the Orion Nebula through a telescope you built yourself is a fantastic experience. Material fees, including mirror glass and plywood, will run approximately $300-400, depending on the size of the scope you make, and are payable to the instructor.

You can register online at http://sfreconline.org/Activities/ActivitiesCourseDetails.asp?aid=231&cid=16160. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Class code #16081.

Or you can register in person at the Randall, but only during the day. The staff will not be present to handle registration during the SFAA evening meeting next Wednesday.