This page lists mirror making making classes that we are aware of. Just like our Stellafane mirror class, these groups will help you learn how to make a telescope mirror, and provide guidance, instruction, and mentoring to help you with your project, and connect you with knowledgeable ATM's to answer your questions.
VT: Stellafane Mirror Class
The Springfield Telescope Makers hold an annual mirror class in workshop at Stellafane in Springfield, Vermont.
MA: Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston
hold mirror making workshops at their clubhouse in Westford, MA on Thursday evenings.
DC: NCA Telescope Making and Mirror Grinding Classes
Weekly in Washington, DC at the Chevy Chase Community Center.
NJ: United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey (UACNJ)
Jenny Jump Observatory in Oxford. UACNJ is offering its first telescope making seminar. Meetings will be 7:30 PM on Fridays beginning May 18th, 2007. Each participant can determine his/her own project but an 8" Dobsonian will be the central focus. Anyone who has begun but abandoned their project is also encouraged to renew their efforts with us. The 12 week program includes, project selection, mirror, and mounts. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NJ: Society of Telescopy, Astronomy, and Radio
Waite Research, 3068 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls. Weekly workshops.
Contact Gordon Waite Email: email@example.com
PA: Astronomical Society of Harrisburg
Contact Ted. A. Nichols II. See web site for more info.
FL: Alachua Astronomy Club: ATM Section
Monthly Meetings at University of Florida, Gainesville.
FL: St. Petersburg Astronomy Club: Mirror Lab
Meets most every Saturday afternoon.
IL: Chicago Astronomical Society
The Adler group. 3511 Illinois Street, Lansing, Illinois.
Contact Jim Seevers (219) 902-1817 Email: Jseevers8736@msn.com
WI: Carthage College
Kenosha, Wisconsin. A January course. Professor Douglas Arion
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
CO: Denver Astronomical Society Telescope Workshop
Chamberlin Observatory, Observatory Park, 2930 East Warren Avenue, Denver, CO 80210. 7-9 PM Tuesday or Thursday. Contact Stuart Hutchins Email: email@example.com 6" and 8" mirror kits also sold.
NM: Albuquerque Astronomical Society
Albuquerque. Workshop on 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 PM. At Mesa del sol, on southern between Juan Tabo and Eubank -- just south and east of Costco.
Contact Stephen Pendley. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CA: Chabot Telescope Makers Workshop
Located at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, CA and meets on Friday nights.
CA: El Camino College
Astronomical Optics course/lab. Telephone (310) 660-3245
Contact Perry Hacking Email: email@example.com
CA: Los Angles Astronomical Society
Garvey Ranch Park Observatory, Los Angles.
Telescope & Mirror Making every Wednesday Night 7:45-10:00
CA: Telescope Making with John Dobson
Held every fall at the Randall Museum in San Francisco.
See the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers Telescope Building page. Wednesday 7:00 - 9:30pm, October 11 - December 13, 10 meetings, ages 12 & up. Course and material fees.
CA: San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers
Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA. 7:00-9:30 PM Thursdays March 18 thru May 20. $175 + materials.
"Build a Telescope the Dobson way" Dave Frey, instructor, President of the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers.
CA: Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit
Santa Barbara, California, most Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 PM,
at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Broder Building
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. See http://sbautw.blogspot.com/
CA: Stockton Astronomical Society
Monthly in Lathrop, CA on 'full moon' Saturdays 10 AM to 3 PM
Contact: Jeff Baldwin Phone: (209) 594-1894
OR: Rose City Astronomers
At Technical Marine Services, Swan Island, Oregon. Monthly workshop, 10 AM-3 PM, on the Saturday nearest the Full Moon. Contact John DeLacy or Don Peckham.
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
WA: Seattle Astronomical Society
Lake Forest Park. Workshops on Saturday nearest Full Moon, 6:30 PM (206) 363-0897
Contact Pete Hirtle. Email: email@example.com
WA: Gold Mountain Observing Center
Bremerton. Provides support for mirror making, has equipment for large mirrors.
ON: Southern Ontario Telescope Makers
Toronto, Ontario. Just getting organized in January, 2011 - not many details yet. Use e-mail below.
Contact: Lance Clarke; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Argentina: Amigos de la Astronomia
in Buenos Aires. A 6 month course/lab for making 15 cm mirrors.
(Telephone 011-4863-3366 Mon-Sat. evenings). R. Caprio, L. Manterola, or M. Jones
Colombia: ASAFI: Asociación de Astronomos Aficionados de Cali
Address: Calle 71 No 8a-46, Cali
South Africa: Astronomical Society of Southern Africa
Parktown Boys' High School. Parktown, Johannesburg. Saturdays at 2:30.
Facebook Group: Telescope Making SA / ScopeX@groups.facebook.com
ScopeX Telescope & Astronomy Expo ATM classes
Contact: Chris Stewart (email@example.com)
South Africa: Bloemfontein branch of the
Astronomical Society of Southern Africa
Contacts: James Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org), Phillip Coetzer (email@example.com) and
Thinus van der Merwe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
India: Bangalore Astronomical Society
Bangalore, India. Summer workshops have been proposed.
Contact Sathya Kumar: Email email@example.com
Belgium: Urania Kijkerbouw
Mirror making classes since 1981. All members together have made over 300 telescopes so far; Smallest telescope 70 mm diameter, largest one 500 mm Newt binoculars (almost finished!)
Contact Chris Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Czech Republic: Rokycany Observatory
See website for details.
Serbia: Lyra Astronomical Society
Novi Sad. Contact Dragan Miladinovic. Email dragmila@EUnet.yu
United Kingdom: Camden Amateur Telescope Society
London. Course has run for 30 years. See web page for info.
If your group holds mirror making classes and wants to be listed here, or an existing listing needs correction, please .
Thanks to Mark Prange for providing many of these listings, especially the non-United States ones.
Also a big thanks to Jay Drew, who also provided quite a few listings.