How to Draw a Telescope

Easy, step by step Telescope drawing tutorial
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The telescope is an instrument which allows a person to see great distances, even into outer space. The word "telescope" actually means "far-seeing."

The first telescope was invented in 1608. The scientist and astronomer Galileo Galilei recorded some of the first observations of celestial objects. For the first time ever, people could see mountains on the moon, dark spots on the sun, moons around Jupiter, and the individual stars that made up the Milky Way.

Optical telescopes like the one in this drawing guide can range from small telescopes used in your backyard to massive scientific observatories. Do you have a telescope? Who knows, maybe you can observe a spaceship!

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Would you like to draw a cartoon telescope to observe a comet? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a sheet of paper and something to write with.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Moon, Space and Planets, and Saturn.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Telescope

Telescope drawing - step 1
How to Draw Telescope: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the telescope’s objective lens. Draw a pair of straight lines, diverging from one another slightly. Connect them with curved lines on each end. From the narrow end, extend another pair of straight lines, and connect them with a curved line. At the wide end, detail the lens using two curved lines to enclose a partial oval shape.

Telescope drawing - step 2
How to Draw Telescope: Step 2

2. Draw the optical tube. Extend a pair of curved lines from the base of the lens. The lines should converge gently. Connect them at the end with a curved line, and band this end of the tube with an additional curved line.

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Telescope drawing - step 3
How to Draw Telescope: Step 3

3. Draw the mount, erasing as necessary. Use curved and straight lines to sketch a “Y” shape surrounding the telescope tube. Draw curved and straight lines down the “Y” shape to give the mount a three-dimensional appearance.

Telescope drawing - step 4
How to Draw Telescope: Step 4

4. Draw the finder scope. Extend a pair of short straight lines from the top of the telescope. Connect them at the top with a straight line. Draw another straight line above the previous, and connect them with a pair of parallel curved lines. Extend straight lines on each side of this shape, and connect them at the end with curved lines. Band the scope with curved lines. Use two curved lines to enclose the shape of the lens at one end.

Telescope drawing - step 5
How to Draw Telescope: Step 5

5. Continue the tube by extending a pair of straight lines. Then, enclose a cylinder shape using two straight and two curved lines. Draw a “C” shaped line across the shape. This is the focusing knob. Finish enclosing the tube using a curved line. Then, extend two more straight lines and connect them using a curved line.

Telescope drawing - step 6
How to Draw Telescope: Step 6

6. Draw the star diagonal. Enclose a trapezoid at the end of the tube, partially hidden by it. Draw a straight line through it, giving it a three-dimensional appearance. Extend two lines above it and connect them with a curved line; then, extend two more and connect them. Draw a curved line around the end of this shape. This forms the telescope’s eyepiece.

Telescope drawing - step 7
How to Draw Telescope: Step 7

7. Continue to draw the mount. Enclose a small cylinder using two curved and two straight lines, erasing as necessary. Draw a “C” shaped line across it. This is the altitude fine adjustment knob. Then, enclose a five-sided shape, partially hidden by the knob. Draw a straight line down its length to give it a three-dimensional shape.

Telescope drawing - step 8
How to Draw Telescope: Step 8

8. Draw the legs of the tripod. For each leg, extend a pair of straight lines and connect them with a curved line; repeat. Use a curved line to enclose the foot of the legs.

Telescope drawing - step 9
How to Draw Telescope: Step 9

9. Draw the remaining tripod leg.

Complete Telescope drawing
How to Draw Telescope: Step 10

Color your cartoon telescope.

What will you see through your telescope? Explore the night sky.

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