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Galileoscope Workshop


Sat 14 Oct 2017, 1:30pm–4:00pm

Where: The Chamois Bar & Grill , Terrace Road, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Galileoscope Workshop - Individual - Includes 1 Scope: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Galileoscope Workshop - Family Group (Max. 4 people) - Includes 1 Scope: $38.88 ($35.00 + $3.88 fees)
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Listed by: StarlightFestival

Building your Galileoscope and learning how to use it.

Limited tickets.

Presenters: John Wynyard, Rosie Maguire and Rebecca Horn from Science Alive! Your entrance fee will include your very own Galileoscope and a workshop with Science Alive! Please hold onto your tickets for entry into a Stargazing event with your new Galileoscopes that same evening at 9:30 pm at the Mt Cook Airport and Observatory.

This 50-mm-aperture, 25- to 50-power Galileoscope can enable anyone to see the celestial wonders that Galileo first glimpsed 400 years ago and that still delight stargazers today, including lunar mountains and craters, Jupiter's moons, the phases of Venus and Saturn's rings.

The Galileoscope incorporates features such as achromatic optics, stray-light rejection and a 1.25-inch focuser normally found only on more expensive telescopes. Accompanying the kit are curriculum materials based on active enquiry, cooperative learning, testing of ideas and predictions, and hands-on experimentation. Thus the Galileoscope gives students a pleasurable experience at the eyepiece and increases their understanding and sense of wonder at light, optics, and astronomy.

The Galileoscope can be mounted on a standard camera tripod. We recommend you bring one if you have one available. We have a limited number of tripods available for use on the night.

This event is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival, Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 15 October 2017.

The Festival, a biennial event, celebrates the creation of the southern hemisphere’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, in the Mackenzie Basin and at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island.