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My brothers homemade telescope and and a few pictures of the Venus Transit

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Iconindustries, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    My 14 yr old brother loves to make things and his latest construction is a telescope. He purchased a 6 inch mirror off ebay and has built it around that. He hasn't had any plans, but just by his own calculations and by trial and error he's got it to work brilliantly. The other night he counted 9 of Saturns moons!
    As you can see, virtually everything he's made, right down to the focusing mechanism. The monocular as a finder is a recent addition, before that he had a refractor finder set up where he had a red LED refracting a triangular point on the middle of the finder. The only downside to that is that he had no magnification so the new monocular works better in this regard. He pulled it apart and has drawn a hairline pointer in the centre of it. The tripod he's made including the swivel head (he was in the shed welding and I haven't even shown him how to weld) but he worked it out.

    He knew the Venus Transit was coming up so he ordered a solar filter (from ebay) to go on the front of the scope so she wouldn't catch on fire. Unfortunately the day came and no filter was in sight so he set about experimenting with other mediums so he could still see the transit. He ended up using glass he smoked with a candle and the soot provided enough diffusion. I'm not sure how much better a proper filter would be, but the soot one worked great in my opinion. The sun was nice and yellow and it provided enough light cut that viewing was comfortable.

    I've taken some photos in case some of you may be interested. I hope you enjoy,

    Here's a picture showing the full telescope with it's builder.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7344689162/" title="The full telescope and builder by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 210109 "800" height="601" alt="The full telescope and builder"></a>

    Setting the focus

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7344683694/" title="Jonah checking out the Venus Transit by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 210110 "800" height="601" alt="Jonah checking out the Venus Transit"></a>

    Close up of the finder and focus assembly

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7159465465/" title="The finder and focusing assembly by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 210111 "800" height="601" alt="The finder and focusing assembly"></a>

    Mirror assembly

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7159455465/" title="Mirror assembly of the homemade telescope by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 210112 "800" height="601" alt="Mirror assembly of the homemade telescope"></a>

    The tripod and swivel head

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7159472849/" title="The tripod and swivel mount by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 210113 "601" height="800" alt="The tripod and swivel mount"></a>

    The smoked glass used as a solar filter or diffuser

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7344667246/" title="Trying out Smoked glass as a solar filter by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 210114 "800" height="601" alt="Trying out Smoked glass as a solar filter"></a>

    And a few pictures showing what we saw. This is with the 20mm and holding it in front of the viewfinder of the telescope.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7159489043/" title="Venus just starting it's transit by iconindustries, on Flickr"> View attachment 210115 "800" height="601" alt="Venus just starting it's transit"></a>

    I tried another one using an adapted nikon 35-70mm lens

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7159487121/" title="This picture I took with an adapted nikon 35-70mm on my GX1 by iconindustries, on Flickr">
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    "800" height="601" alt="This picture I took with an adapted nikon 35-70mm on my GX1"></a>

    Another one with the 20mm about 20 minutes later.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/7159452159/" title="Venus crossing the face of the sun from Australia by iconindustries, on Flickr">
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    "800" height="601" alt="Venus crossing the face of the sun from Australia"></a>
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  2. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Amazing. Both the photos and the telescope builder!

    Using Mu-43 for Android App
  3. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    You're brother is a genius.

    Does he make OMD grips ?
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  4. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    Wow - kudos to your brother. I love to see people being creative and competent. That focus mechanism is kind of beautiful. Brilliant.
  5. sam_m

    sam_m Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    Wow :eek: :eek: , genius most definately
  6. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hey thankyou friends! I'm sure he'll be stoked when I show him what you've said. He's in bed now but it will be a nice surprise in the morning.
  7. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    No ! He makes the OM-D's for the aussie market !!!

    C U
  8. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia

    No wonder mine doesn't lock-up, rattlesnake or display high ISO banding !!
  9. Roger

    Roger Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2011
    Western PA
    Unbelievable. That's practical talent. What will be next?

    The photos were superb.
  10. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jumpin Jimminey!!!

    Be nice to your brother. When he's a billionaire he may have a good position for you. :biggrin:
  11. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Impressive stuff - well done Jonah.
  12. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    My kinda fellow. Make it your self. Then you can do it your way!
  13. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    what a talent !! great images too ;) 
  14. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Brilliant stuff! You brother is a genius! Great shots, too! Thanks for sharing with us...
  15. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    Brilliant stuff mate :) . Your brother is extremely talented! Loved the photographs as well, I couldn't get a decent shot because it was cloudy.
  16. Uwharrie

    Uwharrie Mu-43 Veteran

    May 10, 2012
    North Carolina
    Lynne Ezzell
    Very impressive kid!
  17. agpr

    agpr Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 2, 2010
    Heraklion, Crete
    Hats off to your brother and nice shoots too.
  18. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    So impressive, Brady. Hats off to your brother and you as well :bravo-009:.
  19. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Gees that's cool...
  20. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    That is awesome. As someone who owns a few telescopes, making them isn't easy. A buddy of mine has two homade telescopes and he is always fiddling with them. Excelent job. What sort of filter did your brother use over the telescope?
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