Sources For Telescope Materials
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Wed, 30 Jul 1997 08:30:20 -0700
In response to several questions I have received via e-mail since I
sent out the telescope plans:
One source of mirror grinding kits is Crazy Ed Optical of Campbell,
California. The web and e-mail addresses are:
I have dealt with Crazy Ed Optical with good results.
Other sources are:
2) Coulter Optical
3) Newport Glass
I have not dealt with them, nor do I currently have addresses for them.
The Sidewalk Astronomers teach their students to grind mirrors using a
grinding tool that is smaller than the mirror blank. The grinding kits
that Crazy Ed Optical ships have a tool the same size as the mirror blank.
It is possible to special order the kit with a smaller tool (8" tool and
10" mirror blank, 6" tool and 8" mirror blank, for example).
One source of finished mirrors, per the handout from the Sidewalk
Astronomers telescope plans is the Orion Telescope and Binocular Center.
Their web address is:
On page 62 of their current catalog, they offer finished primary mirrors
at prices running from $84.95 to $1399 and on page 63, they offer an
assortment of secondary mirrors.
Again, I _STRONGLY_ recommend that you find somebody to mentor you if
you intend to grind and polish your own mirror.
Another good source of information and advice and parts for making
telescopes is the amateur telescope making archive. This resource may be
Another source is a publication named "Starry Messenger". I haven't used
it, but I am told it is a great source for finding all manner of things
I wish you all the best in making your telescopes. Please e-mail me if I
may be of any assistance to you.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 808 Wood Badge 416-18
Ventura County Council at Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City