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.
Our telescope making workshops are led by Fran Edwards, past Treasurer. Fran is a talented amateur mirror and telescope maker and an active member of the Springfield Telescope Makers. He was awarded a first place ribbon at the 2012 Stellafane Convention for Best Optical Performance—an outstanding achievement. Many fine amateur telescopes have been made by AAS members under his tutelage.
AAS 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 started his mirror during Fran’s 2015 workshop and completed the telescope just in time for Stellafane at the beginning of August 2016.