The ATM's of Boston was founded in by a group of persons interested in assisting others in the art of optical polishing the craft of telescope making, and to learn together about the science of astronomy and the use of astronomical instruments. The founding members consisted of a banker, some engineers, a music teacher, a plumber, a tinsmith, a secretary, and an electrician to name a few. The group was encouraged by A. Jones Optical works, the only optical concern in Boston at the time.
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It is also true that if an amateur starts out to build a telescope just for fun he will find, before his labors are over, that he has become seriously interested in the wonderful mechanism of our universe. And finally there is understandably the stimulus of being able to unlock the mysteries of the heavens by a tool fashioned by one's own hand. Russell W. Porter Founder of Stellafane, March
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A practical guide to building verifying and using an optical interferometer including powerful software to evalute interferograms by William Zmek, 6 by 9 inches, hardbound, pages, 38 photographs, drawings and CD with software. To that end, I start with a review of optical interference, after which I provide a systematic approach on how the ATM can build an optical interferometer without any input other than this book and homemade, surplus or common off-the-shelf components. See Appendix D or a list of suppliers. This book describes how to make mounting hardware for little more than the time and effort it takes to build them but if purchased new or even used these would be a significant additional expense.
All rights reserved. A young girl peers through a telescope at Scope X, the biggest amateur telescope-making and science outreach festival in Africa, which takes place every year in Johannesburg, South Africa. Humanity has woven its dreams and mythologies into the night sky for millennia, yet it can often seem inaccessible or impossibly far away—the realm of space telescopes , celebrity astronauts , and professional astronomers in mountaintop observatories. Telescopes seem to sprout from the fields of Vermont during the Stellafane amateur telescope-making and astronomy festival.