Build Telescopes

How To : Build a homemade telescope

There is no greater, simpler pleasure than having a picnic with your boyfriend or girlfriend at night in a deserted park while gazing at the night sky. Unfortunately, you probably can't see much of the night sky anymore because of all the light pollution in the city. View the ...more

How To : Attach a webcam to a telescope

This shows you how to modify a webcam so that you can attach it to a telescope. Just think, you'll never have to look in that eyepiece again. Just stuff this thing down there.

News : Sun Picture from My New Solar Telescope

There is going to be an annular solar eclipse on May 20th that will be visible in a narrow pathway that covers part of Eastern Asia and the Western United States. The eclipse will be seen as a partial eclipse over a much greater region of the World. I live in Redding, Californ ...more

How To : Take pictures of stars without a telescope

This tutorial shows you how to take nice star pictures and star trail pictures with just a camera. This video also provides tips on choosing film, digital processes, and how to take late night photographs of stars in the night sky. You will need a tripod or a way to keep your ...more

How To : View the universe with the Meade ETX-AT Telescope

All you science and astronomy nuts out there, pay attention, this detailed video tutorial series will tell you everything you need to know about using the Meade ETX-AT Series Telescope to ogle the universe. You don’t need to know star charts and celestial coordinates to find ...more

News : 2009's Most Amazing Hubble Space Telescope Images

Mind blowing cosmos art, seen through the lens of the Hubble telescope. Click through to Discovery News for more information behind these beautiful images. Previously, 2009's Most Amazing Scientific Images. 2009's Wackiest Inventions. 2009's Craziest Adrenaline Junkies.

How To : Use telescoping poles for fishing

Great tutorial about the basics of fishing with a telescopic pole. Part 1 of 5 - How to Use telescoping poles for fishing. Part 2 of 5 - How to Use telescoping poles for fishing. Part 3 of 5 - How to Use telescoping poles for fishing. Part 4 of 5 - How to Use telescoping po ...more

How To : Make a focusing mask for your telescope

Checkout this how-to video to make a simple focusing mask that works great. When not helping you to focus your camera, it also extends your dew shield to keep dew off of your lens. The materials you need to make this focusing mask are: 1 Foam Sleeping Pad 1 Roll Of Masking T ...more

How To : Photograph the stars through your telescope

Want to be an astrophotagrapher? Here is the simple facts of taking photos of those beautiful stars using your telescope and a camera. More advanced photographers tend to use a chilled camera though, so watch and learn. Timothy Ferris explains.

How To : Make a small, easy, functional telescope

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a small, easy, functional telescope. First, glue a lens in place with glue underneath a piece of cardboard with a circle cut in it. Then, cut this into a circle and tape it to a paper towel holder. Then, you can wrap this in some paper ma ...more

News : The World's Most Ginormous Telescopes

DVice posts six of the world's most powerful telescopes and, man, they are HUGE. Check it out. The Keck I and Keck II "Built in 1993 atop the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii at an altitude of nearly 13,600 feet, the W. M. Keck Observatory pioneered the use of robotic assistanc ...more

How To : Model a 3D steampunk telescope in Blender

In this clip, Jonathan Williamson discusses modeling and texturing a steampunk-style telescope within Blender. Whether you're new to the Blender Foundation's popular open-source 3D computer graphics application or are a seasoned digital artist merely on the lookout for new tip ...more

How To : Make an upside down telescope

Are you interested in a fun way for your kids to develop interest in the world around them? Learn how to make an upside down telescope in this free crafts video series. Part 1 of 6 - How to Make an upside down telescope. Make an upside down telescope - Part 2 of 6. Click throu ...more

How To : Use telescopes

Telescopes help amateur astronomers view the stars and see the universe. Learn how to use and care for a telescope from an observatory director in this free astronomy video. Part 1 of 15 - How to Use telescopes. Use telescopes - Part 2 of 15. Click through to watch this video ...more

News : Hand-Held Hubble Telescope Model

It's not actually a working telescope, but it is a cool model to show kids and Hubble image enthusiasts what the telescope actually looks like. Includes printable skins so the texture map looks like the actual satellite.

How To : Create a Steampunk Persona

Before I really get into this article, it's important to note that you do not need a Steampunk persona (or "steamsona") in order to be a Steampunk, or wear Steampunk clothes. Some people like to pretend to be a different person when dressed up in Steampunk clothing, but that i ...more

Important Astronomers : Isaac Newton

In my opinion, Isaac Newton is definitely the number two astronomer, right below Galileo Galilei. His discoveries were very important to uncovering the secrets of space, and he deserves to be remembered. Isaac Newton (January 4, 1643 – March 31, 1727) Isaac Newton was born t ...more

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/23 - 05/29)

WonderHowTo is a how-to website made up of niche communities called Worlds, with topics ranging from Minecraft to science experiments to Scrabble and everything in-between. Check in every Wednesday evening for a roundup of user-run activities and how-to projects from the most ...more

How To : Take Better Photos with Your Phone

It's truly amazing how far smartphone camera hardware has come in such a short period of time. It took roughly 5 years to advance the image processing capabilities from a pixelated mess to the crisp and clear photos we can take today. This reaches well beyond the megapixel spe ...more

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

WonderHowTo is a how-to website made up of niche communities called Worlds, with topics ranging from Minecraft to science experiments to Scrabble and everything in-between. Check in every Wednesday evening for a roundup of user-run activities and how-to projects from the most ...more

How To : Tag your name using LED light throwies

This is a complex process, but the guys at Graffiti Research Lab have armed you with detailed written instructions and this video on how to create a night writer. This is a more complicated version of their LED throwies that allows you to catch a tag in lights. You'll never ne ...more

How To : Make an astrocam from a webcam

Learn how to take detailed photographs of outer space using a modified webcam. These are some really cool hacks & mods from a guy on youtube. Avoid the high costs of telescope cameras and supplement with an inexpensive webcam.

News : Supermoon Pictures from Last Night

Last night was the so called "Supermoon," where the moon was at perigee, which is the closest orbital point to the Earth while the moon was in full phase. This makes the moon appear larger by up to about 14% and brighter by up to around 30%. I went out and used my 5-inch refra ...more

News : The Good and the Ugly of Console Controller Add-Ons

Video game controllers are our windows into the soul of the machine, our sole means of interacting with them. More often than not, consumers seem displeased by their controllers; it's comforting to blame sticky, poorly laid out buttons for messing up your game than your own la ...more

News : Geminid Meteor Shower Starts Monday (12/12 to 12/16)

Since the Geminid Meteor shower is intensifying more every year, grab your binoculars and lay down in a field to enjoy the show! If you are going to observe one day, do it on the peak: December 14th. The shower is caused by Palladian asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This, along with t ...more

Budget Astronomy : Resources for Making Your Own Equipment

For newbies to astronomy, expensive equipment is an understandable deterrent. But with some thorough Google searching, you can find plenty of How-To's for making your own tools for less. Below are a few sites with several cool projects to offer. Sky & Telescope Sky & Telesco ...more

How To : Photoshop the Universe (Just Like NASA Does)

NASA just released this beautiful image of what's leftover from a supernova explosion. The red cloud is expanding cosmic debris, the blue is a blast wave of electrons, and the stripes at the edge tell of a high energy burst of x-rays that may be bound for earth. This image was ...more

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/09 - 05/15)

WonderHowTo is a how-to website made up of niche communities called Worlds, with topics ranging from Minecraft to science experiments to Scrabble and everything in-between. Check in every Wednesday evening for a roundup of user-run activities and how-to projects from the most ...more

How To : Build your own functional boom microphone

Joe Richardson, Five Sprockets consultant, demonstrates how to build your own functional boom microphone. First, if you don't already have one, get a microphone from your local electronics store. Then, pick up a mic holder. Next, you'll also need a telescoping pole like a pain ...more

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (02/01 - 02/07)

WonderHowTo is made up of niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. Thanks to all of our moderators and contrib ...more

How To : Build an alcohol beverage can stove

LannyPlans shares his unique methods and tools for building beverage-can alcohol stoves, which uses his Alcohol Stove Build Kit, to build a proven design, the Open Well Jet Alcohol Stove. In this video tutorial, LannyPlans shows how to heat treat using a turntable, how to mak ...more

News : Creating the Cosmos With Ink, Paint & Water

Artist Pery Burge uses water, paint and ink to create images that look like they might have been captured by the Hubble Telescope or under the super-zoom of a powerful microscope. "I use a Canon EOS 500D digital camera with EF100mm F2.8 macro lens and Speedlite 420EX flash, a ...more

How To : Use a car jack to replace a tire

Everyone who drives should know how to use a car jack in case of a flat tire or blowout. Check your owner's manual to find out where your car jack and spare tire are located. In most cases, they are somewhere in the rear of the car. The video shows us how to use a telescoping ...more

How To : Make an adjustable light stand

Learn how to make an adjustable light stand. This adjustable telescoping light stand is cheap if you have all of the materials already, like a painter's pole, a metal table leg, scrap wood and some screws. This light stand is a good choice for film shoots on a low-budget. Who ...more

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