How to Make an Upside Down Telescope

This telescope doesn’t make the stars any bigger, but it is good fun for viewing things around you, and Miss 10 enjoyed making it.  


What you will need:

Two magnifying glasses, the same size


A ruler  

A pencil



A large sheet of corrugated paper, construction paper, or thin card

                                              Stuff you will need



Measure around the circumference of a magnifying glass, then add about 3cm.      
rule two long rectangles                  
Draw a line up the paper, making a large rectangle, and then cut it in half. Make sure you cut the paper in the direction it wishes to roll.    cut the card in half                                                                         
Put some glue on the outer rim of a magnifying glass and roll the paper around the rim, where you put the glue.

spread glue around outer rim of magnifying glass

Cut a small slot in the paper to fit the handle in. Place a  piece of tape around the rim, then stretch a rubber band around the circumference to keep the card in place while the glue dries.

rubber band around to hold tight while glue dries

Put tape across the full length of the paper tube to keep the long ends together.
Let the glue dry. 

Repeat the steps to make another tube; however, be sure that the end (which will slide inside your first one,) is smaller, so it will fit. 🙂

You can decorate the outer half, if you wish.



Slide the tubes in and out to focus on objects.  If you want to view things up the right way, you can add extra tubes and magnifying glasses.  Even numbers of magnifying glasses will give you an upside down picture, odd numbers will be right way up!

ahr har me hardies!


3 thoughts on “How to Make an Upside Down Telescope

  1. meggie4u says:

    That is so cool! Great work Miss 10! Thats awesome!
    It looked like heaps of fun making, but how long did it take?
    Your sis
    In Christ,
    (Monday, 1.00!!!!)

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  3. Naama Tsalik says:

    Anu more resources on subject? Im interested 🙂

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