Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival

The Hermitage and Hillary Alpine Centre, Mt Cook, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand

Galileoscope Workshop

Building your Galileoscope and learning how to use it.

Date: Saturday 14th October

Time: 1.30-4.00pm - Chamois Bar & Grill, Mt Cook Lodge


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

Galileoscope Worskhop is suitable for people of all ages, including school students from years 4 to 13.

Galileoscope workshop at the second Starlight Festival, 2015
Galileoscope workshop at the second Starlight
Festival, 2015

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.

Watch a short video on the Galileoscope here.

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