DIY Telescope Making Series

Telescope making is a fascinating and rewarding hobby that allows you to explore the universe and observe celestial objects. With the help of modern technology and the internet, it is now easier than ever to learn how to make your own telescope. In this article, we will provide a detailed guide to making a homemade astronomical telescope from scratch with a video tutorial covering all the steps and parts needed to create a focuser, tripod stand, equatorial mount, AZ mount, reflector telescope, and refractor telescope.

Materials and components.

The materials required for making a telescope will depend on the type of telescope you wish to create. However, here are some general materials that are used in most telescope designs:

  • A primary mirror or lens
  • Secondary mirror or lens
  • Focuser
  • Eyepiece
  • Tripod Stand
  • Equatorial or AZ mount
  • Telescope tube
  • Finder scope
  • Various hardware such as screws, bolts, and washers

In this article, we will cover all parts of making telescopes

Part 1: Making a Focuser

The first step in making a telescope is to create a focuser. A focuser is a device that allows you to adjust the focus of your telescope. In this tutorial, we will use a basic rack-and-pinion focuser.

Rack and pinion gear focuser template

Rack and pinion gear focuser template

SVG and XF file format for laser cutting available download at science

plastic, jam nut threaded tailpiece for simplest telescope focuser. this is available in any hardware store and also available in the science

Video Tutorial of DIY Focuser

Part 2: Making an AZ Mount

The next part is to create a tripod stand for your telescope. The tripod stand provides stability and support for the telescope. You can use wood or metal for this part, depending on your preference.

An AZ mount, also known as an Alt-Azimuth mount, is another type of mount that is easier to construct than an equatorial mount. This mount allows you to move your telescope up and down and left to right. This type of mount is perfect for observing objects in the sky.

DIY Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount with Tripod is also available at the

Part 3: Making a Telescope D50mm F600mm

A refractor telescope uses lenses to bend and focus light. This type of telescope is more difficult to construct than a reflector telescope, but it offers superior image quality.


Baffle Template: PDF

Part 4: Homemade D90F900mm Astronomical Telescope | DIY Refractor Telescope | Step-by-Step video tutorial.

Homemade D90F900mm Astronomical Telescope template downloads