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 Pushpa Gujral Science City-Kapurthala, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA)-Pune and Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES)-Nainital is organizing a workshop on ‘Astronomical Telescope Making’ from 05 October to 16 October 2015 where participants will fabricate five inch (5’’) Dobsonian Telescope 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 first hand 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”) Dobsonian Telescope primarily from
    locally available material.

3) There is a provision for just 25 teams on a first come first serve basis. Each team should consist of maximum two members. Out of them one
    should be above the age of 18 Years.


4) After successful making of the telescope it will become property of the participants and they will take their telescope to home. 


Workshop attractions: participants will....


1) Grind, polish glass blanks, test their own-hand-made mirrors and fabricate the dobsonian alt-azimuth mount using predominantly locally
    available materials. This is to impart and enhance skills to secure precise curvature, focal length and the reflecting surface.


2) Learn through night sky observations, practical sessions on how to use telescope, lectures on elementary astronomy, tips on
    astrophotography, interactions with eminent astronomers from various research institutions and many more.


3) Become part of a country-wide network. They will receive regular e-mail updates on astronomy activities,
    night sky events, and other special events including seminars/workshops/training sessions.


For Registration Details and Guidelines click here

List of Selected Participants