TAAS has a very active group to help you build your own telescope or tune up your existing
scope to keep in in tip-top shape. Veteran TAAS members with decades of experience in telescope building
are at each meeting to help. Meetings are informal affairs, just bring your scope, your questions or your ideas
for lively discussion and serious help.
The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth Street SE (Click here for a map) but make sure to check our calendar to be sure. The meetings are free and open to the public, no membership required but, be warned, after a few meetings, you'll want to join.
Get that scope working
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect about getting started in astronomy is to buy a telescope and
not have it work properly. Often just simple tweaks and adjustments are enough to convert a
dust-gathering, clothes horse in the corner into a telescope to bring the wonders of the heavens to
you and yours. Just bring your scope in and let us help.
You can begin building your scope by actually grinding the precise surface of the primary mirror or
by purchasing a pre-finished mirror. Your primary mirror and other components are then assembled
and mounted to make the completed scope.
Today, there's no need to grind your own mirror. You can buy quality components,
including the primary mirror at reasonable prices. Then you assemble the components into
a scope to meet your precise needs. Again, our Telescope Building and Maintenance group
is ready to help. Dozens of first-timers have built great scopes under their expert