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Kaleidoscope

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Project by LesB posted 01-05-2020 07:01 PM 472 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

TomGrin recently posted a Kaleidoscope he made and it reminded me of some I made many years ago. The design is not original but I can’t recall where I got it. In involves a hexagon shape instead of a triangle but the internal mirrors still form a triangle. I turned the main shaft on the lathe but left the hexagon on the end so it would not roll around. Instead of colored gems in the objective end it uses a magnifying lens (inexpensive plastic type), and clear glass at the viewing end. This allows the viewer to see their surroundings in a fractal view through the scope. The brighter and busier the background the better. Cartoons on TV are great. A critical factor in the design is the focal length of the magnifying lens to is focuses properly at the viewing end. Below is a picture of one I kept.

-- Les B, Oregon





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#1 posted 01-15-2020 04:46 PM

That looks cool! Thanks for posting the pictures.

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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