Telescope Making (Riverside) — 3rd Thursdays

A telescope making workshop hosted by Riverside Astronomical Society is on the 3rd Thursdays of each month at 7:30pm–9:30pm at 3975 Jackson Street, Riverside.

This event is FREE, but you must RSVP before attending.  To RSVP, call (951) 687-8195 or visit

For monthly RAS Star Party location, visit

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I liked the way this character describes the workshop, here is the email I received when I asked about the workshop:

Me:  What is the cost of the Telescope Making workshop?

Alex McConahay:  If you are referring to the Third Thursday of the month Telescope Making Sessions the club puts on, they are free. Just get in touch with me so I can get you directions and all that.

I should say, though, that this is less a workshop than a few people getting together in a cramped garage to discuss telescopes, make them, and check on each other’s projects. One of the most important things in telescope making is to have somebody to check your progress with.  We can provide that. But most of the telescope making is done at home.

Me:  Who may participate in the class (members only or not, age, etc.)

Him:  Anybody—but remember, it is mostly just a few old farts discussing telescope making. So, if your son wants to build a scope, we could help him get started, and visit with him regularly to keep him motivated and productive. And there are no requirements for age, membership, etc..

Additional Resources

  • – Teaching With Telescopes offers instructions on how to make your own telescope.
  • – The 45th annual RTMC Astronomy Expo will take place from Wednesday, May 22 through Monday, May 27, 2013. It will be held at YMCA Camp Oakes, five miles southeast of Big Bear City, California on State Route 38 at Lake Williams Road between mileposts 44 and 45. This location is about 50 miles northeast of Riverside in the San Bernardino mountains.
  • – The Pacific Astronomy & Telescope Show at Pasadena Convention Center on September 22 & 23, 2012.

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We have a hunger of the mind.  We ask for all of the knowledge around us
and the more we get, the more we desire.
Maria Mitchell [1818–1889] First American Woman Astronomer


About Hemet Sunshine

I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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