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Stellafane 2015-2016

Telescope Making Class

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Announcements

This class begins October 10, 2015.

To sign up for a future Mirror Class, see the pink box on the Mirror Class Main Page. We expect the next class to start in October 2016.

Please email any questions or corrections to mirrorclass@stellafane.org.

Schedule & Class Pictures

A photo album of a session is typically added to the table below within a week of when the session was held.

Schedule
Including brief notes about the session
Class Pictures
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B1: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Stellafane:
Bonus Session for Returning Students Only.
Click for Session B1 Photo Album

1: Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Stellafane:

  • 10:00 - 4:00: Workshop
  • 10:30 - 11:30: Class #1:
    Overview & Rough Grinding
Click for Session 1 Photo Album

2: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Stellafane:

  • 10:00 - 4:00: Workshop
Click for Session 2 Photo Album

3: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Fletcher House:

  • 10:00 - 4:00: Workshop
  • 11:00 - Noon: Class #2: Fine Grinding
Click for Session 3 Photo Album

4: Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Fletcher House:

  • 10:00 - 4:00: Workshop
  • 11:00 - 1:00: Class #4: Auto-Collimation Testing
Click for Session 4 Photo Album

5: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Fletcher House:

  • 10:00 - 4:00: Workshop
Click for Session 5 Photo Album

6: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Fletcher House:

  • 10:00 - 4:00: Workshop
  • 11:00 - Noon: Class #5: Foucault Testing

 

Click for Session 5 Photo Album

7: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Stellafane:

  • 10:00 - 4:00: Workshop

Students & Mirror Status

2015-2016 Mirror Class Student Projects

Mirror Maker
*Club Member
Mirror
Size
Focal
Ratio
Start
Date
Mirror
Status
Status
Date
Andy W. 8" f/6 2014-10-11 Polishing 2016-03-05
Antoine R. 8" f/5 2014-10-11 Polishing 2016-02-06
Caleb D. 6" f/8 2015-10-10 Polishing 2016-03-05
Bob D. 8" f/6 2015-11-14 80 Grit 2015-11-14
Brian W. 8" f/6 2015-10-10 80 Grit 2015-11-14
Dan A.* 6" f/7 ~2000 Polishing 2014-12-13
Dory P. 6" f/7 2014-10-11 Polishing 2015-03-21
George M. 8" f/6 2015-10-10 Polishing 2016-03-05
Holly J. 8" f/6 2015-10-10 120 Grit 2016-03-05
James M. 6" f/8 2014-10-11 Polishing 2015-02-21
Jessica J.* 8" f/6 2013-10-05 Polishing 2016-03-05
John S. 6" f/8 2014-10-25 Polishing 2015-11-14
Katie S. 8" f/6 2014-10-11 Polishing 2015-04-25
Keith G.* 6" f/9 2015-01-11 Figuring 2016-03-05
Patrick D.* 8" f/6 2015-06-01 Polishing 2015-11-14
Reade P. 6" f/7 2016-03-05 Grinding 2016-03-05
Reade P. 6" f/7 2015-02-21 Done! 2016-02-06
Ron J.* 8" f/6 2012-10-13 Done! 2015-10-10
Stephen K. 6" f/8 2014 Polishing 2016-02-06
Terri S.* 8" f/6 2015-10-10 80 Grit 2015-10-10
Thomas M. 8" f/6 2014-10-11 Done! 2016-02-06
 Experienced Student Projects
Cecelia D.* 10" f/5 2011 15u 2015-10-10
Fran E.* 12.5" f/4 2014-10-11 Figuring 2016-03-05
Francis O.* 8" f/10 2015 Done! 2016-03-05
Jay D.* 8.3" f/10 2016-02-14 Polishing 2016-03-05
Jeff L.* 17" f/5 ~2012 Fine Grind 2015-10-10
Ken S.* 4.5" Doublet - 2012 Fine Grind 2016-02-06
Kristine L.* 12.5" f/5 2013-10-05 Fine Grind 2016-03-05
Ray M.* 4.5" Doublet - 2012 Fine Grind 2014-10-25
Ray M.* 14" f/5 2013-10-05 Fine Grind 2016-03-05
Rick H.* 4.5" Doublet f/20 2012 Fine Grind 2016-02-06

 

Instructors

Thanks to our large group of volunteer instructors, we can hold these mirror class and give everyone the individualized attention they require. Several of our instructors work professionally in the optics industry, and many have competed dozens or mirrors and more complicated optics as amateurs.

Officers, Directors and Full Members of the club have had to successfully make a mirror or other quality optical surface.

Francis O'Reilly
Francis O'Reilly
Mirror Class Leader & Full Member
In the Pavilion Mirror Lab 2013
Ray Morris
Ray Morits
Full Member
Showing a student how to Measure Sagitta
Instructor Jay Drew
Jay Drew
Full Member
Eats #80 Grit for a Snack!
Instructor Rick Hunter
Rick Hunter
Full Member
Using the Foucault Tester
Instructor Glenn Jackson
Glenn Jackson
Full Member
At Mirror Class in 2015
Instructor Dave Kelly
Dave Kelly
Full Member
Demonstrates Polishing Techniques
Instructor Jeff Lowe
Jeff Lowe
Full Member & Trustee
Mechanical Judging at Convention
Instructor Fran Edwards
Fran Edwards
Full Member
2012 Convention, 1st Place Optical Award
Dick Parker
Dick Parker
Full Member
At the 2007 Stellafane Convention
Instructor Phil Rounseville
Phil Rounseville
Full Member
Making Pitch Laps at the 2001 Convention
Instructor Ken Slater
Ken Slater
Full Member, Vice President & Webmaster
Explaining Foucault Testing
Instructor Dave Tabor
Dave Tabor
Full Member & President
Making a Pitch Lap in the 2006-07 Class

Final Report

Will be posted at the conclusion of this class.

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