Telescope Making Classes (ATM)



Although sporadic mirror making classes did take place in earlier years, ASSA Johannesburg has been running Amateur Telescope Making (ATM) classes virtually continuously since 1993 (see the ScopeX website for more details). As a result, many telescopes have successfully been brought to fruition. So much so, that in 2002 we inaugurated ScopeX, an annual Telescope & Astronomy Exposition, at which several of these have been exhibited.

  • If you are thinking about building a telescope, and live in the Johannesburg area, why not join us?
  • If you have built a telescope outside this class, why not bring it around to inspire us and share your experiences?
  • More about the class itself can be found on our ATM Class FAQs page.

Why Build A Telescope?


  • You can.
  • It is fun.
  • You will learn new skills.
  • It will give you access to the universe.
  • It may be significantly cheaper than buying one.
  • You can build something tailored to your specific requirements.

For more information see the ScopeX website.

“For it is esteemed a kind of dishonour unto learning to descend to inquiry or meditation upon matters mechanical, except they be such as may be thought secrets, rarities, and special subtilities, which humour of vain supercilious arrogancy is justly derided in Plato… But the truth is, they be not the highest instances that give the securest information; as may well be expressed in the tale… of the philosopher, that while he gazed upwards to the stars fell into the water; for if he had looked down he might have seen the stars in the water, but looking aloft he could not see the water in the stars. So it cometh often to pass, that mean and small things discover great, better than great can discover the small.” Bacon, Francis (1561-1626) b. London, England. From Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, J.M. Dent and Son, London, England, 1973, pp 71-72.