Homemade telescope

Phil Shepherdson

Science Museum

Science Museum
London, United Kingdom

When 18-year-old Phil Shepherdson wanted a good telescope, he decided to build his own. Take a closer look at the tube – it’s made of everyday items such as baked bean cans, coat hangers, car parts and a broom handle!

Making and polishing the telescope’s mirror took years, but the hard work was worth it: the finished instrument gave Phil ‘breathtaking’ views of the Moon and Jupiter.


  • Title: Homemade telescope
  • Creator: Phil Shepherdson
  • Location Created: York, England
  • Rights: © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, Science Museum Group Collection, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps