Make your own telescope
The simplest option. This DIY telescope can be is quicker and easier to make than the other projects. With a simple selection of materials and tools you can create your own sliding telescope, probably best suited
as an educational tool.
Although it can’t provide a decent enough focus to delve into the true sights of the night sky, it is an excellent educational experience for a youngster or beginner. The general workings of a reflector telescope
can be learnt, such as light focusing, and if this project takes your fancy then you could try a more advanced version.
For more information, watch Canada Science and Technology Museum’s video titled ‘How to Build a Telescope’ at: youtube.com/ watch?v=uZeF1KETaU4
The list of materials and tools needed for this project is simple, containing mostly household items. In order to make your own telescope you must have a large piece of black Bristol board, a glue gun, a stapler, black electrical tape, a pair of scissors, a cardboard tube and two magnifying glasses – ideally one should be bigger than the other.
Fix the lenses
The first, larger lens should be glued to the top of the cardboard tube and secured with electrical tape. At the other end of the telescope the second lens should be fixed to the end of the slider tube, similar to the first lens. The sliding focus lens will concentrate the light from more distant objects to suit your eyes.
Assembling the tubes
Cut three black Bristol board sheets – two to fit around the cardboard tube and one twice the length. Glue the smaller sheets around and within the cardboard tube, and place the longer sheet in the tube, stapled at its ends, glued and wrapped in electrical tape to secure it, while still allowing it to slide in and out properly.
Once the telescope is complete some final decorative touches can be added. Taking some crayons, or coloured chalk, you can draw some constellations over your telescope, but this is dependant on your personal preference. Now everything is in order to give your new telescope a test run and see what sights are at your disposal.