Whatever’s Handy

Fun science makes us tick. This is my motto. I hope you find it apropos for someone who loves exploring space or robotics and the like. I know there are many enthusiasts out there so I hope this blog catches them. It caught you. Join in a realm that will tickle your fancy. The realm of science is unpredictable. You can be as inventive as you like. There is always room for new ideas. Take my new low-tech telescope. I was tinkering around like a madmen late at night and it came to be that I could built such a gadget out of materials that are just lying around. I might need to buy a few parts such as an adjustable lens. I can also take apart an old worn out telescope to fashion my new one.

Science is my passion so let’s see what I get. I started scrounging around to see what I had in my make shift lab in the garage. I have wire cutters and a saw that will handle assorted thicknesses of metal. I can use a vise to bend it to make a round shape. I have all kinds of things that could work for a cap. I also want it to be battery operated if I want a light. This would make it really special. If I come up with a prototype, I can give the instructions and a diagram to kids for at home projects. Hopefully, this will stimulate their imagination to try to make things out of the debris of life.

As I was getting to the end of the project, I had a few parts to glue on for finishing touches. Kind of like ornamentation. This will give the device an old-fashioned handmade look. I looked everywhere in the garage and kitchen and found no epoxy. I was not about to quit at the last minute. I suddenly remembered that a friend was in my bathroom a week or two ago putting on false eyelashes. She had left a tube of her eyelash extension glue. I said to myself, why not try it. It is akin to an adhesive or cement. Let’s give it a go. The result was very positive and the finished product was perfect.

I putter around for days on this project and don’t even stop to rest or eat. It’s all I can talk about. A few false starts have given me pause about whether or not I can pull this off or should shift to another idea. No, I will stick it out. It is not a complicated thing. There is no motor or mechanical mechanism. You can shift the lens range by turning the bottom side. I can make the telescope out of metal, my preference, or plastic. It depends on what works best from a functional and appearance point of view. No, I am not going to manufacture it: everyone wants high tech these days. It is for my own benefit and amusement. I will show it to everyone, however, and get some honest feedback.

Updated: February 26, 2017 — 2:44 am
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