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M-o-M Free Preview - Mirror-o-matic.com

Mirror-o-Matic was designed to be a very low cost astronomical mirror grinding, polishing and figuring machine. Its attributes are: 1. It can be built for somewhere between $200 and $400. 2. It is constructed of hardware store items and it needs no machined parts. 3. It is constructed primarily of 3/4 inch plywood and has few close tolerances. 4.


Fixed post mirror grinder advice - DIY Astronomer ...

Basically there are two types of grinding/polishing machine. The 'traditional' type which involves the mirror rotating at a relatively slow speed, a few rpm for a big mirror (16-20 inches) with the tool moving across the mirror, from side to side, at a higher rpm depending on the size of the mirror and/or tool.


Mirror Grinding Machine

Very last knife edge readings for this mirror (I think). Here is the project file (source code). It was created using Microsofts VC++ ver 6. If you don't have at least that, this file probably won't be very useful. ParabProj.zip - About 170 kb. Tom Stokes 12/25/12


Making a homemade mirror grinding machine - ATM, …

Making a homemade mirror grinding machine - posted in ATM, Optics and DIY Forum: I want to make a motorized mirror grinder, any good info on this, i have a couple geared motors, low speed high torque. One more question ...will 1 1/2 shaft size pillow block bearings work good for a homemade EQ mount? Thank you, John


Telescope Mirrors, Astronomical Mirrors, Reflector ...

Parabolic Astronomical Telescope Mirrors 1/12 Wave are polished and figured to yield high-level performance. Each mirror is aluminized and hard overcoated with a protective overcoat, ready for placement in the telescope …


Mirror Grinding Machine | Hackaday

Mirror Grinding Machine. The true test of the amateur astronomer is building their own telescope. Grinding and polishing your own mirrors is a long, arduous process. Instead of lapping the blank ...


Which Style Grinding Machine For Telescope Mirror? (Best ...

Which Style Grinding Machine For Telescope Mirror? (Best solution) Author Chester Griffith Posted on Posted on 13.12.2021. 0. What is the most efficient method of grinding mirrors? Roughness in stroke numbers, tool rotation, and disc rotation are all important factors in good mirror grinding. Making a tile tool out of tiles that have been ...


Newport Glass Works, LTD. Grinding, Polishing and …

Thin Telescope Mirrors . Abridged from an article appearing in Telescope Making #12 Provided: Courtesy of Astronomy Magazine Article's Author: Bob Kestner . Part I - Grinding . For many years, amateur astronomers and telescope makers thought it essential that glass for telescope primary mirrors be at least one-sixth as thick as its diameter.


Astro-Tel - Mirror grinding machine

MIRROR GRINDING MACHINE. I made my first mirror grinding and polishing machine over thirty years ago. It used the working principle of the machine illustrated at "A" Fig.3, Page 163, "Amateur Telescope Making" Book …


Mike's Telescope Workshop - mdpub.com

I finally decided it was time to build a machine to help me grind the edges of the blanks true and round. This is my home-built edge grinding machine for grinding down my home-cast mirror blanks. Click to see the whole project. …


Telescope Mirror Grinding Machine | Crusher Mills, Cone ...

Telescope mirror grinding machine Mirror making and optical testing … The images below show the completed grinding machine in it's new garage in October 2001. GrindingPolishingMachine – LCAO. Telescope Making. Telescope Mirror Grinding and Polishing Machine. After I had made the 41-cm telescope mirror by hand I had decided that I needed a ...


Stellafane Figuring Introduction

The point of figuring is to change the mirror surface in a predictable, controlled way, and this can't happen if the lap loses contact with the mirror. You need to press often, at the beginning of every figuring session and quiet frequently in between. …


Joy of Mirror Making: Rough Grinding - BBAstroDesigns

Here is a 25 inch [635cm] mirror being rough ground followed by a beautiful grinding stand from the Delmarva Mirror Making Seminar. Grinding Tools To construct a grinding tool, attach unglazed ceramic tiles, 1 inch [2.5cm] …


Building a fixed post mirror grinding machine ...

Re: Building a fixed post mirror grinding machine. I I had a nice piece of 3/4" stainless dowel that was begging to be used. So I bought a cheap pillow block to provide the locator for the metal dowel, and then drilled the overarm to fit. These pillow blocks are $8 and come complete with a locking collar - great deal.


Dick Parker's Telescope Mirror Workshop: Cassegrain ...

Grinding the secondary is just like grinding any other optic except in minature. I ground the secondary with the workstand and worked the tool on top just like I would grind a larger mirror. This optic is small enough that …


tut44 Making A Mirror Grinding Tool - Asterism.org

Most amateur telescope makers (ATMs) build a Newtonian telescope, a design named for its inventor, Sir Isaac Newton. The heart of the Newtonian telescope is its primary mirror. Most Newtonian primary mirrors have either a spherical or a parabolic shaped concave face. Unlike most other mirrors in your home, the mirror coating of a


Mirror Making Machine

I built another mirror grinding machine (out of welded angle iron) to work on the mirror, but never used it. In mid-2008 the desire to finish the 12.5 inch mirror hit again - this time with a vengeance. I had this urge to not only finish …


Telescopes - tomkaye.com

Below is my 44" diameter telescope mirror on the grinding machine. It is 6 inches thick and weights about 900 lbs. This mirror is very deep in the middle as you can see on the right. This makes it particularly hard to polish perfectly and we use a special interferometer to measure the surface to one millionth of an inch.


Mirror-o-Matic mirror making machine - ATM pages of ...

Mirror-O-Matic grinding machine. When I decided in 2009 after a ten-year break to get into mirror making again, it quickly became clear to me that I would need to construct machine, as hand grinding big mirrors is not something very …


Mirror Grinding Machine

My Mirror Grinding Machine. For a long time I've wanted to build a machine for grinding telescope mirrors. Dennis Rech's M-o-M designs finally inspired me to just get up and do it. Over the years, I'd been collecting motors, gear boxes, pulleys, etc.


Ritchey Mirror Grinding Machine | National Air and Space ...

George Willis Ritchey built this mirror grinding machine at the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, in the late 1890s. Under the sponsorship of George Ellery Hale, the machine was used to grind a series of telescope mirrors starting with a 24-inch and then a 60-inch mirror for a telescope initially intended for the Yerkes Observatory.


Amateur Telescope Making Main Page - Stellafane

Types of mirror grinding machines - posted in ATM, Optics and DIY Forum: Hi to all, I am planning to make a mirror grinding and polishing machine but i have limited knowledge about these machines. Because of this i have some questions to someone who has some experience with those machines; - Some machines have fixed supportes and some of them have a …


Grinding Machine for Large Telescope Mirrors

Grinding Machine for Large Telescope Mirrors. I designed and built a grinding machine for mirrors up to 42 inches [1.1m] in diameter. By slipping on and off a couple of belts, the machine can quickly be reconfigured for spinning work or for stroking work. The machine can also work smaller mirrors if the drip pan is moved to the fast shaft on ...


Amateur Telescope Making Main Page - Stellafane

Grinding a Mirror "For it is true that astronomy, from a popular standpoint, is handicapped by the inability of the average workman to own an expensive astronomical telescope. It is also true that if an amateur starts out to build a …


SkyBadger - Mirror Grinding Machine

The mirror machine came to me as a result of astronomical horse-trading, swapping a large GEM mount and a 8" Newtonian OTA for the machine as it was and a start kit consisting of two 6" blanks and the grit, rouge and pitch to …