News Release Details

12/10/2010

Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series continues with What Kind of Telescope Should I Buy

By Travis Nunley

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus will present a free, family-friendly lecture on Saturday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus entitled, What Kind of Telescope Should I Buy. In this lecture, speaker John Chiravalle, a volunteer teacher at Discovery Park Campus, one of the operators of the 20” telescope at the Gov Aker Observatory, and author of “Pattern Asterisms; A New Way to Chart the Stars” will discuss the various sizes and types of telescopes that are now available for purchase by enthusiasts and amateur astronomers.

“Everyone depends on optics in their daily lives,” says Chiravalle. “Eyeglasses sit on our noses all day long. Car headlights use optics to direct a beam of light. Many hobbies, whether it involves gazing at the stars, staring at rare coins under a microscope, or looking through a scope on a hunting rifle, depend on optics.”

“Recent advances in optics technology such as telescopes with digital cameras have increased the quality and lowered the cost of telescopes available to the amateur astronomer,” continued Chiravalle. “These advances have opened up the field of astronomy in ways that were until recently only available to professional astronomers working in major observatories.”

In What Kind of Telescope Should I Buy, Chiravalle will guide the class through the tricks of the trade and many nuances of buying and operating a telescope as well as the astronomy field in general.

“Come join us for this entertaining lecture that will highlight the wonders that can be discovered through a private telescope in your own backyard,” says Paul Anger, Discovery Park Campus director.

There will be door prizes, Gallery tours, Space Shuttle simulator rides, and public viewing of night sky objects through the 20” Tinsley Telescope, all free of charge and minutes away from home.

For more information about this event or about Discovery Park Campus, contact Anger at (928) 428-6260.

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