To complement our Second Year Physics course, which focuses on the science within Space, the Physics department has purchased three Dobsonian telescopes to enjoy some practical Astronomy.
Dobsonian telescopes are a type of reflecting telescope that is very popular in the visual Astronomy community. The design was created by John Dobson in 1965, who wanted to make amateur Astronomy more accessible.
Students also enjoyed an evening of Astronomy which started with a talk on what the students might expect to see, thanks to Mahdeia Hidary, an Astronomy enthusiast in the Sixth Form.
“We then travelled to Sandilands, where our suite of new reflecting telescopes is stored, to gaze at the heavens,” said Ms Gilmour. “The one clear night of the fortnight led to the students learning how to control the telescopes and zoom into different objects. They saw the craters on the Moon, the Orion Nebula and zoomed into the constellation Ursa Major. There was a great deal of excitement from the students, and we look forward to more evening observations!”
“Students saw the craters on the Moon, Orion’s Nebula and zoomed into the constellation Ursa Major … we look forward to more evening observations!”
Ms Gilmour, Teacher of Physics and Head of Diploma
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