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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. Most of them came from industrial junk yards.

CouderPrn

Be careful that you do not move the mirror. Turn the mask 90 degrees and measure all

Horace's Kiln 2

20 inch on brand new MOM 20 with an oversized turntable. Horace is already

Ez3d

The Introduction. There is an on-line "Quick Start" introduction that will get you up to

Horace Davis

I had an idle mirror grinding machine (a modified MOM 20), so I volunteered to grind

Designing

Designing the base box was a little easier. Starting with the original M-o-M 20

PrintaRonchi

PrintaRonchi is a small Windows program for drawing Ronchi screens. It works only in

Upgrades1

Some Recent Machine Modifications. I made my machine more Zeiss like by mounting

telescope mirror grinding / polishing machine with ...

Feb 15, 2016  The machine is shown grinding a 300 mm mirror.How to build a tachometer: florin.myip/blog/making-tachometer-grinding-polishing-machine-telescope-m...

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 ...

grinding / polishing machine for telescope mirrors ...

Sep 29, 2014  Mechanical assembly is complete. The machine could start grinding now. I still need to build the electronics, and then there's painting and finishing.

Machine grinding a 25" telescope mirror. www ...

Nov 16, 2012  Grinding 500 grit on a 25" f/3.0 meniscus mirror. Tool is a 19" glass tiled stone tool with about a 3" overhang and about 37 pounds of weight.

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 1. A bowl which rotated was fitted to the spindle. I also built another machine of the same type.

Telescope Mirror Making Machine - YouTube

May 09, 2013  A sample --and quite simple-- video of Vitastra's mirror making machine.This is a full-custom design first inspired on the polishing machines designed by Kar...

Using the Fixed-Post Grinding Machine for Rough Grinding ...

Feb 16, 2014  Gordon Waite sets up his fixed-post mirror grinding machine to begin rough grinding on an 11" f/4.3 telescope mirror. He uses a grinding tool made from dent...

Making a homemade mirror grinding machine - ATM, Optics ...

Mar 06, 2006  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

Mike's Telescope Workshop

This is my home-built edge grinding machine for grinding down my home-cast mirror blanks. Click to see the whole project. This is a 12.5 inch diameter, 1.5 inch thick, light-weight honeycomb-back telescope mirror blank that I made myself.

Mirror Grinding Machine, G. W. Ritchey National Air and ...

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.

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 1. A bowl which rotated was fitted to the spindle. I also built another machine of the same type.

Telescope Mirror Grinding Machine Products Suppliers ...

The process was performed at Cranfield University Precision Engineering on the BoX grinding machine (Figure 4, left), designed for rapid and accurate grinding of large telescope mirror segments [15]. X-Ray Telescope Mirrors-Materials, Manufacture, Tolerances And Metrology

Mirror Grinding Machine Hackaday

Sep 26, 2006  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

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 beneficial for the hands of a musician.

Making a homemade mirror grinding machine - ATM, Optics ...

Mar 06, 2006  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

Mirror grinding - Telescope making

A good starter size is the 150 mm (6") mirror. A 200mm (8") will also work. Most ATM books and websites recommend a Pyrex® mirror blank, but in my opinion, annealed plate glass is better for this first, "learn and practice" mirror.It is cheaper, it is softer and grinds faster, needing less abrasives and with these small sizes, the low expansion glass like Pyrex has no practical (visible at ...

Mike's Telescope Workshop

This is my home-built edge grinding machine for grinding down my home-cast mirror blanks. Click to see the whole project. This is a 12.5 inch diameter, 1.5 inch thick, light-weight honeycomb-back telescope mirror blank that I made myself.

Newport Glass Works, LTD. Grinding, Polishing and Figuring ...

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.

Making my own fixed post mirror grinding/polishing machine ...

Oct 15, 2012  Page 1 of 2 - Making my own fixed post mirror grinding/polishing machine - posted in ATM, Optics and DIY Forum: Hey guys. Im thinking of making my own fixed post mirror grinding/polishing and curve generating machine. Ive got loads of questions regarding the design so Ill just start firing away Do I need an eccentric moving tool to be able to polish a mirror spherical?

Stellafane ATM:Mirror Making Myths

Mirrors can only be made with Special Precision Equipment in Expensive Factories or Labs; Not True! Telescope mirrors can be made in your kitchen, basement or garage with nothing more than the mirror blank and a second piece of glass (called the tool) to rub the mirror

Making mirrors for giant telescopes - SPIE Digital Library

The Starfire project provided much of the funding for a new polishing lab built in 1990 and equipped with an 8 m grinding and polishing machine and a 24 m test tower, which were first used to figure the 3.5 m mirrors. The Mirror Lab was not free to choose the focal ratios, so these mirrors were more conservative at f/1.5 – f/1.75.

Build your own telescope part 1: The mirror – Thomas ...

On the opposite, a shallow mirror (e.g. F/D = 8) will be performing very well on planets and the moon. The theory behind grinding is that you can remove glass as long as you use a material with a higher hardness. Telescope makers use silicon carbide powders (a.k.a. carborundum) for this task. It is cheap and comes in various size (can range ...

Mirror-o-matic

The Machines: Documentation: Information for ATMs Zip archive of Mirror-o-Matic Yahoo Groups (2000-2019) 307 MB Contact Dennis. The Machines: Documentation: Information for ATMs Zip archive of Mirror-o-Matic Yahoo Groups (2000-2019) 307 MB Contact Dennis ...

Mirror Grinding Machine, G. W. Ritchey National Air and ...

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.

Mirror Grinding Machine Hackaday

Sep 26, 2006  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

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 beneficial for the hands of a musician.

Newport Glass Works, LTD. Grinding, Polishing and Figuring ...

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.

Making mirrors for giant telescopes - SPIE Digital Library

The Starfire project provided much of the funding for a new polishing lab built in 1990 and equipped with an 8 m grinding and polishing machine and a 24 m test tower, which were first used to figure the 3.5 m mirrors. The Mirror Lab was not free to choose the focal ratios, so these mirrors were more conservative at f/1.5 – f/1.75.

Making my own fixed post mirror grinding/polishing machine ...

Oct 15, 2012  Page 1 of 2 - Making my own fixed post mirror grinding/polishing machine - posted in ATM, Optics and DIY Forum: Hey guys. Im thinking of making my own fixed post mirror grinding/polishing and curve generating machine. Ive got loads of questions regarding the design so Ill just start firing away Do I need an eccentric moving tool to be able to polish a mirror spherical?

jeffbaldwin

Fixed-post machine grinding is where the mirror is on a turntable rotating around 20 PRM [speeds vary], and a 75% tool is on top. They are already curve-generated. The tool is hanging over the mirror by 1/6 the diameter of the tool, or about 1/8 diameter of the mirror, and is fixed in this position.

Simulator (not only) polishing parabolic mirrors (POLSIM ...

By Giulio TiberinI March 12, 2018 Roughing and grinding machines mirrors, mirror making, tools Small tutorial on using "minimum" software POLSIM for the machining of a parabolic mirror for telescope, "Assisted" by the use of a simple rotating plate, even in the digging operation of the "arrow" of the initial spherical concavity.

Mel Bartels' Amateur Telescope Making

The I.A.U. named asteroid 17823 Bartels discovered 1998 by J.M.Roe in recognition for my contributions to amateur astronomy. Making is the Key to Knowing. A telescope mirror is arguably the most accurate surface made by human or machine. Amazingly you can grind a mirror by hand and make a telescope with simple hand tools.

Stellafane ATM:Mirror Making Myths

Mirrors can only be made with Special Precision Equipment in Expensive Factories or Labs; Not True! Telescope mirrors can be made in your kitchen, basement or garage with nothing more than the mirror blank and a second piece of glass (called the tool) to rub the mirror

Large Thin Mirror Making - BBAstroDesigns

In addition, a great deal of money will be saved: a finished 24" scope will set you back $7,000; grinding your own mirror and building the mount yourself will cost you $2,000. Amateurs have made mirrors up to 41" by hand. A grinding machine relieves the labor, but is not necessary. A 24" is the largest you can comfortably do solo.

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 telescope just for fun he will find, before his labors are over, that he has become seriously interested in the ...

100-inch telescope mirror, on grinding machine — Calisphere

100- inch telescope mirror on grinding machine, at Mount Wilson Observatory's Pasadena laboratory.Image courtesy of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science Collection at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Astronomy Options Astronomy, Mirror Making, Telescopes ...

Currently manufacturing a 16″ diameter 1″ thick plate glass f3.88 Newtonian telescope mirror. Doing this with my new fixed post grinding machine built this summer. Work is progressing well, and very efficient. Started project in August 2013 and at this point I am ready to move on from 25 micron White Aluminum Oxide to 9 micon White Aluminum ...

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