Mike Lockwood's Amateur Telescope Making (ATM) Home Page

My Optics Business Page (Loptics.com)
My ATM publications, presentations (link to updated list)
Who am I?
My engineering work and publications, etc.

Telescope Making

How I got started in ATM

Optical Equipment

Pitch testerStrain testing setupMirror test standsSpherometers,
Slitless Foucault testersInterference test setup,
Small grinding machineLarge grinding machine

Optical Articles, Tables, etc.

Figuring with a full-size lap
Oblate spheres and how to fix them
A Tale of Four Flats
Testing a 6" x 0.8" quartz blank

Foucault Testing Hall of Shame/Fame
Cassegrain design equations
Mirrors I have made (quite out of date)

TABLE of dimensional conversions
TABLE of Newtonian secondary sizes

Other Articles, Features

Winter Star Party 2008 - A wonderful trip to Florida
Okie-Tex 2007 - The darkest place I've been with a telescope
Prairie Skies 2007 - Beautiful weather and a nice crowd
IFSP 2007 - The Indiana Family Star Party - fun event, great people
IDSSP 2006 - The Illinois Dark Skies Star Party - good skies in IL!
Prairie Skies 2006 - Always a nice event, getting better every year
Astrofest 2005 - an ATM's report and personal opinions
Prairie Skies 2005 - Camp Shaw continues to host a great star party!
Mirror making class: 2003 - 2004 - students hard at work

Dave Moore's Planetary Images - a planetary Cassegrain in action.
My Light Pollution Page - My city wastes too much energy!

Links & Misc.

My favorite ATM LINKS

NOTE: These pages were posted before I became a professional optician, and contain information about telescopes and projects I have been involved with, as well as some articles that I have written which may be helpful in your mirror-making projects. The web address under which they were originally hosted has become unavailable to me, so they are now hosted here. I hope you find them useful. Some may be out of date, and for that I apologize.
All images and text on these pages Michael E. Lockwood, all rights reserved.