Telescope handling and observational astronomy - Hands on workshop

nightskyobservation Mar 11, 2024

13 - 14 february, Karaikal, Tamilnadu

In a groundbreaking initiative, the Open Space Foundation, in collaboration with the Starvoirs team led by founder Mr.Bhavanandhi and our co-founder Mr. Bharathkumar, organized a transformative two-day event on Telescope Assembly and Handling in Karaikal. This event aimed to equip students and teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to transition from beginner-level enthusiasts to advanced observational amateur astronomers.

Day 1: Beginner to Advanced amateur astronomers:
The event commenced with participants ranging from eager students to seasoned educators gathering to embark on an enlightening journey into the world of astronomy. Under the expert guidance of Bhavanandhi and Mr. Bharathkumar, attendees were led through a comprehensive curriculum covering the fundamentals of telescope assembly and handling.

From understanding the intricate mechanisms of telescopes to mastering the art of calibration and alignment, participants were empowered with the knowledge and skills needed to operate telescopes with confidence and precision. The hands-on training approach fostered a deep understanding of astronomical concepts and techniques, laying the foundation for future exploration and discovery.

Day 2: Outreach and Community Engagement:
On the second day, the students took center stage as they stepped into the role of educators and ambassadors of astronomy. Armed with newfound expertise, they organized a public viewing session for the tribal community people of Karaikal, showcasing the wonders of the cosmos through the lenses of two powerful telescopes.

Telescope observation session:
The event featured the use of two remarkable telescopes: an 8-inch Cassegrain Schmidt and an 8-inch Dobsonian telescope. The Cassegrain Schmidt, renowned for its exceptional optics and versatility, provided stunning views of celestial objects with unparalleled clarity and detail. Meanwhile, the Dobsonian telescope, known for its simplicity and ease of use, offered a captivating viewing experience for participants of all ages.

Inspiring Future Astronomers:
As the event concluded, the district of Karaikal welcomed a new generation of aspiring astronomers and science enthusiasts. The knowledge and passion instilled in the participants throughout the two-day event will serve as a beacon of inspiration, igniting the curiosity and ambition of future scientists, engineers, and astronomers.

In conclusion, the Hands-On Training in Telescope Assembly and Handling in Karaikal was a resounding success, leaving an indelible mark on all who participated. Through collaboration, education, and community engagement, the event not only empowered participants with valuable skills but also ignited a passion for astronomy and space exploration that will continue to inspire generations to come.

At Open Space Foundation, we are proud to have organized this transformative event and are grateful for the opportunity to inspire and empower individuals to explore the wonders of the universe. As we look to the future, we remain committed to our mission of fostering scientific inquiry, nurturing curiosity, and unlocking the potential of aspiring astronomers and explorers around the world.