Posted by Kaja Coraor

For our second build day, we had four objectives: First, to drill all the holes to attach mirrors and eyepiece for the telescope. Then, we had to design the outer decoration for telescope tube. Third, we had to cut out David’s new design for telescope tube carriage. And finally, we needed to begin work on the design to be etched with our groups’ signatures onto the telescope chassis.

David and the ShopBot looking majestic

David and the ShopBot looking majestic


David designed a new, more ergonomic handle

David designed a new, more ergonomic handle

The chassis for the telescope carriage. We’ll eventually have our names engraved on the side, as well as a personalized logo.

The chassis for the telescope carriage. We’ll eventually have our names engraved on the side, as well as a personalized logo.

Our maker-in-residence Jim Presley made precise calculations to measure how far apart the mirrors of our telescope should be.

Our maker-in-residence Jim Presley made precise calculations to measure how far apart the mirrors of our telescope should be.


Jim shows off the “spider,” the holding device for the smaller secondary mirror which deflects light into the eyepiece.

Jim shows off the “spider,” the holding device for the smaller secondary mirror which deflects light into the eyepiece.


Wesley works on the primary mirror holding device.

Wesley works on the primary mirror holding device.