Making : Our own telescopes

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We thought it was perfect to make our own telescopes.  Studying the solar system the last month.  The planets, the stars, and with the summer coming up, we think we could use them.

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So I ordered two kits  from Edmund Scientifics.

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Building these telescopes, even from the kit, were more difficult than I expected, mostly because of the precision and the cleaning of the glue from the lenses.  But both Siena and Lucas built them with some of my help, without much problem.

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But then, we had them ready.  It took us a while to make them work, focused to their eyes.  But we found the right spot and worked on them.

It was the most fun when we took them to the Star Party, and we were able to see the moon’s craters and Saturn! (I can keep talking about Saturn if you’d like…) And yes!  We saw Saturn with our own homemade telescopes! With rings and all (no Titan though…) How cool is that. (We thought it was cool, at least!)

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