Aperture Fever

Telescope Making & Makers

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Telescope Makers

Amateur Telescope Making

The ATM Page - A WWW resource for Amateur Telescope Making
- Mel Bartel's Telescopes and Telescope Making Page
ATM page build a Dobsonian - fromMoonlight Systems
Stellafane's Build a Dobsonian Telescope
Star Astronomy - Telescope Making Links - Designs and Techniques
Berthold Hamburger's ATM, Optics and Astronomy Page
ATM Resource List - - Bob Lombard
UK ATM Resources

A Program for ATMs!

MODAS Optical Design Program - ATM Software from Ivan Krastev
The new MODAS 3.1 Release has over 20 new analysis and helpful features--aberration curves-spherical aberration, coma, astigmatism, field curvature,distortion, chromatic aberr., lateral color, spherochromatism, Spot Size and Wavefront analysis vs. field, focus, wavelength, Vignetting Plot, tools - export graphics to BMP, JPEG, duplicate and compare graphics, generat Custom Reports and much more) Ray tracing trough tilted surfaces is also supported.

Download MODAS Freeware Release 3 from Ivan's home page at:


Amateur Societies ATM Pages

Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston
The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)
Stellafane Home Page The Springfield Telescope Makers
ATM Resources - from Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS)
Manchester Astronomical Society's Amateur Telescope Making - Stephen F. Tonkin, ed. eBook
DIY-ATM Resource Library - Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri
Riverside Telescope Makers Conference - Astronomy Expo
ATM Links from Herzler's Hideout - Telescope making groups/classes are often the way to go!

Aperture Fever Strikes Hard!

Hercules! - - Dan Bakken's Cure for Apeture Fever
Group 70 - Making a 72" (1.8M) instrument
This international group, is home based in California, USA

Other Telescope/ATM Pages

ATM Mailing List
Digital Imaging with Richard Berry
ATM Letters Journal Home Page
Homemade Astronomy - by Larry Brown
Barn Door Drive - Scotch Mount from Stephen Tonkin

Big Telescopes around the World

The World's Largest Optical Telescopes - from Bill Arnet
Thirty Meter Telescope - the next generation!
Special Astrophysical Observatory Home of the Big Altazimuth Telescope (BTA)
Gemini 8-Meter Telescopes
W. M. Keck Observatory Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Subaru Telescope 8.2 Meters !
Observing on large telescopes - Australian Astronomical Optics

Here's Aperture Fever at a New Height!

Hubble Space Telescope Space Telescope Science Inst
James Webb Space Telescope
Greenbank Telescope - The largest, steerable radio dish in the world!
Orbiting Astronomical Observatories - Links to telescopes that have been launched.

Last Modified 3/14/19

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