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Galileoscopes Are Here! August 17, 2009

Posted by jcconwell in Astronomy, IYA 2009, Observatory.
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The International Year of Astronomy,2009, is approaching an end, but he universe is just too big, and too much fun to spend only one year talking about it.



As part of a lasting legacy, that will continue for years to come, the EIU Observatory and Physics Department, through a private donor, has donated 13 Galileoscopes, along with 6 tripods, to the third grade of  Carl Sandberg school, in Charleston Iliinois. That’s one for every classroom, and five extra that can be checked out by any third grade teacher. The Galileoscope is one of the cornerstone projects of the International Year of Astronomy. It is a HIGH quality 50mm (the diameter of the front objective lens) refracting telescope with 25 and 50 power magnification.

Third grade teachers Mrs Conwell and Mrs Sardella inspecting telescopes

Third grade teachers Mrs Conwell and Mrs Bosler inspecting telescopes

These are the perfect beginners telescopes for observing the moon and the planets, along with some deep sky objects, like the Orion Nebula and the Pleiades Cluster. The kits will be assembled soon and ready for observing in the fall .

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1. Bill Wolf - August 19, 2009

How exciting! Will the third graders be coming out to an observatory open house in the fall?

jcconwell - August 19, 2009

We hope! This week I’ll mention something we’re getting to make day trips better.

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