Tucker has been "tinkering" by building a 7-foot tall telescope that can see galaxies, nebulas and star formations far, far away.Tucker's telescope is a Newtonian style model, which uses a primary concave mirror that Tucker made about 20 inches in diameter. The primary mirror then reflects the light off a secondary mirror that brings it back to the eyepiece.Tucker made the mirror out of glass using the polishing and grinding process. He also made the machine to grind the mirror.
In 1934, a small group of young men, imbued with a mutual interest in astronomy and a curiosity about the tools of the astronomer, organised themselves into the New York Telescope Makers Association. With the erection of the Hayden Planetarium in 1935, a new focal point of astronomical interest was created for the New York metropolitan area. Shortly thereafter the telescope making group became a part of the Amateur Astronomers Association, an organisation now of about 500 members, sponsored since 1927 by the American Museum of Natural History.