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 Jawahar Planetarium, Allahabad and Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital is organizing a workshop on ‘Astronomical Telescope Making’ from 05 January to 16 January 2015 where participants will fabricate five inch (5’’) newtonian reflectors with alt-azimuth mounts 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 firsthand 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”) Newtonian reflectors with alt-azimuth mounts primarily from
    locally available material.

3) There is a provision for just 25 teams on a first come first served basis. Each team should consist of maximum two members preferably, not below
    the age of 17 years.


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


5) The last date of registration is November 15, 2014.


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) All teams at the workshop will 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.


Registration details:


1) Each participant will have to pay a fee of  Rs.10,000.


2) If a team of two members comes together, the team have to remit a sum of Rs.12,000. The members of the team should mutually agree to
    share the telescope for use.


3) Payments have to be made through a Demand Draft of any nationalized bank. The draft of required amount has to be made in favor of
    'Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund', payable at Allahabad, UP.


4) This fee amount is meant to cover the cost of materials that will be used to make the telescope and a working lunch over the days of the


5) Participants will have to meet their own travel, lodging & boarding expenses. However, assistance may be provided to locate a suitable
    accommodation depending on the requirement and the budget of the participants.


6) Only online registration is allowed at


7)  List of selected participants will be displayed after deposit of registration amount.



Guidelines for online registration:

1) Please fill all the entries.


2) After click in submit button, please take printout of the filled application form and note the reference number for future.


3) After taking print of the application form, please sign it and mention the date in the application form.


4) Send the filled application form along with Demand Draft(DD) to “Deputy Director, Jawahar Planetarium, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund,
    Anand Bhawan, Allahabad Uttar Pradesh, PIN-211002”  on or before 15th November 2014.


5) Please write your name, reference number, mobile number on back of Demand Draft (DD).

Thank you very much for the overwhelming response.


Since the necessary number of participants is achieved, we are closing the registration.


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