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Make Your Own Telescope


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Make Your Own Telescope

Discover how a refracting telescope works by making one from scratch using common items. This telescope won't have a tube so the learner can see how an image is formed inside the telescope. One lens of a drugstore pair of reading glasses serves as the objective lens of the telescope - the lens that gathers light from stars or other objects. A magnifying glass serves as the eyepiece.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 14 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • A pair of "drugstore" reading glasses ("Weak" glasses—those with low numbers—will work the best)
  • magnifying glass
  • flashlight
  • masking tape
  • piece of waxed paper or thin typing paper

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Brand, Judith; Hipschman, Ron

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium,

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