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The SPA Schools' Telescope. Photos: Trilby Multimedia
the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), the SPA arranged the distribution of 1000 telescopes to give to secondary schools to help inspire young
people (aged between 11 and 14) with the wonders of the night
sky. The funding for the telescopes was provided by the
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
telescope is a 70mm refractor, which comes with a tripod and
several eyepieces. To help teachers take full advantage of the
the SPA has provided a DVD (funded by the Royal Astronomical Society)
how to set up the telescope, use a star chart, interviews, and
The SPA is organising Open
Telescope evenings where members, astronomical societies and
other groups with telescopes are encouraged to invite
people to admire astronomical objects in the night sky 'up closer'.
telescope has a 70 mm
achromatic objective lens
telescope, while quite basic, is of good optical quality. As it is on a
lightweight altazimuth mounting, it can't be used for long-exposure
photography, though it is possible with care to take photographs
through the instrument or even, using an adapter (available from
third-party sources), to attach a webcam and take video sequences of
the Moon which you can display on a computer monitor.
telescope is a 70 mm refractor with a focal length of 700 mm, and is
produced by Phenix Optical Group of China. It is mounted on an AZ2 type
altazimuth mount, and has a small finder telescope which you use to
locate objects prior to observing them through the main instrument. It
comes with two main eyepieces, giving magnifications of 35 and 60, with
a third very high power eyepiece which is best suited to bright objects
such as the Moon. There is a 'star diagonal', which makes it easier to
observe objects high in the sky without having to crouch down.
the telescope will show