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I have always wanted to observe the stars, but the equipment was pretty expensive.Have you been fascinated by the stars in the sky?Did you want to get closer to them?Did you ever want a telescope but it was too expensive?
Well here's your answer to all these questions:-How to make a telescope!!!
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Step 1: Parts

These are the essential parts and tools needed
1.2 lenses
2.Hot glue gun
3.Thick Black Paper
4.Black Tape (any kind)

Step 2: Lenses

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Buy two magnifying glasses.the first should have a large diameter and less magnifying power(2X,or 3X).The second should have small diameter and large magnifying power(6X or 8X ,the larger the better).

Break the magnifing glasses to obtain the lenses.Break the magnifing glass carefully ,I broke a lens like this .

Step 3: Setup

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Roll the black paper to form 2 tubes ,the first should fit the larger lens and the second should be able to slide inside the first one.
Now the sum of the lengths of your 2 tubes should be more than the sum of their focal lengths.To figure out their focal lengths solve this equation-  

Focal Length(cm)=                25                 
                                       Magnifying power                                 

*Magnifing power(2X,8X,etc.)

Step 4: Attaching the lenses

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Hot glue the lenses on to their corresponding tubes.Make sure the two tubes slide into each other (refer to pic).This is the most crucial step in the entire instructable.
TIP -While hot glueing make sure not much of the glue falls on the lens.This ruins the lens.

Step 5: Enjoy

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The image formed at small distances will be inverted.But for Astronomy it doesnt really matter whether the planet is upside down or not.This same design was used by Galileo until be built his own design which made upright view.
To calculate the magnifing power of the telescope:-
M=     focal length of front lens      
        focal length of second lens
chandrahas aroori (author) 2 years ago
I ended up with a magnification of 3.Remember this is angular magnification so if initial angle of observation is 30 degrees it will become 90 degrees
cool, what kind of magnification did you end up with?
ShiromuraR4 months ago

thank you so much!!! I made this for my science project~

Emma Hunt6 months ago
how to beak the magnifying glass to obtain the lens? i can't see the photo here...
pabdullah6 months ago
how to break the magnifying glass to obtain the lens?
hey...m nt gettng how to fix the lenses...?
chandrahas aroori (author)  sonakshi sharma10 months ago

Well I used glue

Very great project, I have one question, my lenses have no indication of magnifying power x, can I say that the focal length of the lens is the distance from the lens to the image of the sun? That small hot spot of the sun by the lens.
Aditya M1 year ago

vry cool

azharz2 years ago
Very nice!
mathiemom2 years ago
I love the simplicity of this project! Help me understand what a magification of 3 will allow me to see. Can I use this to see the stars, planets, meteorites etc.?
chandrahas aroori (author)  mathiemom2 years ago
Well you can see the moon and planets.