Frequently Asked Questions
on the Amateur Telescope Makers
email list (with answers, of course).

Last Updated: January 17, 2004

This FAQ answers some of the most frequently asked questions on the Amateur Telescope Makers email list. It is divided into eight sections as described below. The home site for this FAQ is

Date: Tue, 12 May 1998
From: a list member
Subject: ATM First light !!!
This has been an experience building this thing!! With almost no tools at all I ground and polished the mirror in my 11 squaremeter room (I am living on Campus) and the woodwork was done either in my room, in the kitchen (shared with 4 other people), or outdoors on the balcony. So I guess it's true that anyone can do this, anywhere, and with almost no tools at all!!!
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Section 1: Basics, Info, and Rules
Section 2: Telescope making
Section 3: Mirror making
Section 4: Supplies and vendors
Section 5: References, information, clubs
Section 6: Glossary of a few ATM terms
Section 7: Pronunciation of "famous" names and terms
Section 8: Updates, list maintenance, and miscellaneous stuff (copyrights, liability statement)

This document, its contents, and its Web representation are Copyright ©1996, Michael Lindner and others. For complete copyright information, including allowed uses of this FAQ, please see Section 8. Initially created on Thursday, September 12, 1996 by Tim Poulsen.