December 5, 2020

Telescope: making students show off their creations

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Front row: L to R: Jordan and her Dad Kevin Butler, Dr. W. Veit and Richard McLeod. Back row:  Dr. Bill Hrudey and Chris Cooke who used his store-bought tripod.

Front row: L to R: Jordan and her Dad Kevin Butler, Dr. W. Veit and Richard McLeod. Back row: Dr. Bill Hrudey and Chris Cooke who used his store-bought tripod.

The attached photograph shows amateur telescope making students and their completed telescopes at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI).

The proud students stand by their recently completed astronomical telescopes built as part of a UCCI Observatory Amateur Telescope Making course taught by Dr. Wm. (Bill) Hrudey. The 8 week course resulted in the 6″ f/8 Newtonian reflectors on a Dobsonian mount and, are fully functional telescopes giving striking images of the moon, planets and other celestial objects.

This course coincided with a Basic Astronomy course at the Observatory taught by Chris Cooke and Richard McLeod from the Cayman Islands Astronomical Society.

Photo by Lance Parthe of Parthe Productions

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