Amateur Astronomy Club

Make a telescope

We would love to help you make a telescope. It’s a great chance to learn the history of astronomy and astrophysics. Many significant discoveries have been made with amateur telescopes—going back to Galileo.

Aldrich has had many members of our club win awards at Stellafane for telescopes they have made and mirrors they have ground.

See below for some of these accomplishments.

Fran Edwards and his 1st place ribbon winning 10-inch f/5.5 Newt Dob

Fran was awarded a first place ribbon at the 2012 Stellafane Convention for Best Optical Performance—an outstanding achievement.

Another member Charlie Stevenson won a 2nd place ribbon with his 8″ f/5.7 string telescope during the 2016 Stellafane Convention optical competition in the Newtonians 12.5″ and Smaller category.

Charlie Stevenson's f/5.7 string telescope won a 2nd place award at Stellafane 2016
Charlie Stevenson's f/5.7 string telescope won a 2nd place award at Stellafane 2016
Aldrich Member Steve Bodine wins awards for his 8 inch f/5.4 Newtonian

At the 2021 Stellafane convention Aldrich member Steve Bodine won 1st place in Craftsmanship,  3rd Place Optical (Tie), and 2nd Place for Mechanical Design.

Steve tied with Optical design with another Aldrich member Jim Tully with his 8-inch f/7 Newt Poncet.

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