Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences concerned with the study of planets, stars, galaxies & other celestial objects and phenomena. From time immemorial the night sky has fascinated many cultures in the past including the Indians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Chinese & the Greeks and it continues to fascinate us even today. An opportunity of observing them with telescopes is quite an exciting and exhilarating experience. How about observing these objects with your own hand made telescope?
To promote such a scientific hobby and develop related skills, Vigyan Prasar in collaboration with Jawahar Planetarium, Allahabad and Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital is organizing a workshop on ‘Astronomical Telescope Making’ from 05 January to 16 January 2015 where participants will fabricate five inch (5’’) newtonian reflectors with alt-azimuth mounts under the close supervision and guidance of experts.
An excellent opportunity to learn telescope making and initiate observational astronomy:
1) The workshop is primarily aimed to attract professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts who would like to gain a firsthand experience in the nitty- gritty of telescope making under expert supervision under one roof.
2) Successfully enrolled participants will be trained to make their own five inch (5”) Newtonian reflectors with alt-azimuth mounts primarily from locally available material.
3) There is a provision for just 25 teams on a first come first served basis. Each team should consist of maximum two members preferably, not below the age of 17 years.
4) The last date of registration is October 31, 2014.
Further details are available here