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2011-12-21 14:00:00

This year's hot gift is the Porter Garden Telescope by Telescopes of Vermont (PRWEB) December 21, 2011 It's this year's hot gift for the person who has everything: Telescopes of Vermontâs masterful remake of the 1923 Porter Garden Telescope is this yearâs top pick in the Wall Street Journalâs Holiday Gift Guide 2011. The Porter Garden Telescope, a magnificent garden sculpture and optically superb instrument, is cast in bronze and bears a hand...

Webb Telescope Completes Mirror-Coating Milestone
2011-09-14 06:42:01

  [ View the Video ] NASA´s James Webb Space Telescope has reached a major milestone in its development. The mirrors that will fly aboard the telescope have completed the coating process at Quantum Coating Inc. in Moorestown, N.J. The telescope's mirrors have been coated with a microscopically thin layer of gold, selected for its ability to properly reflect infrared light from the mirrors into the observatory´s science instruments. The coating allows the Webb...

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2011-08-09 14:30:00

Over $200,000 in donations from fans have helped place SETI's search for alien life back on track. The institute had previously put the 42-antenna Allen Telescope Array in Northern California on hold due to budget conflicts. SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) said if it could raise $200,000 from the public by August it would be able to turn the array back on. The institute spends $1.5 million annually to keep the array up and running.  Karen Randall, director of...

2011-06-10 00:00:28

Buy-Telescope.com just published new information regarding the latest Mini Autoguider package by Orion Telescopes. In addition to its affordability, Buy-Telescope.com reports that it is a very accurate autoguider solution suitable for virtually all amateur astrophotography applications. (PRWEB) June 09, 2011 Capturing a breath taking image with a telescope used to be very difficult, and it required somewhat expensive astronomy equipment to do the job right. Thanks to Orion Telescopes and...

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2011-05-15 07:45:00

US astronomers said Friday that they are now listening to the skies for the existence of ETs, using a massive radio telescope in West Virginia to scan for signs of alien life on 86 possible Earth-like planets in the heavens above.The giant dish began pointing toward each of the planets this week and will gather 24 hours of data on each one. The 86 planets were gleaned from a list of 1,235 planets identified by NASA's Kepler space telescope."It's not absolutely certain that all of these stars...

2011-03-31 00:00:30

Many amateur astronomers point their Orion telescopes towards the International Space Station every night. Earlier this month, British astronomer Martin Lewis took numerous images of the International Space Station using his home made telescope and a web cam. He happened to photograph astronaut Steve Bowen who was out on a spacewalk at the time. (Vocus/PRWEB) March 30, 2011 Backyard astronomers have been fascinated with capturing images of the International Space Station (ISS) for years....

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2010-09-27 12:14:38

New PTB instrument measures the quality of the mirrors for the X-ray telescope IXO  It is to become the largest X-ray telescope ever: The International X-Ray Observatory (IXO), which has been planned in a cooperation between NASA, ESA and Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, will be launched into space in 2021 and provide the world with brand new information about black holes and, thus, about the origin of the universe. Its dimensions are gigantic: The surface of the mirror alone,...

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2010-09-21 10:35:00

The recent discovery of water on the Moon may have a serious impact on future plans for lunar based astronomy.  Space scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have calculated that the scattering caused by molecules vaporized in sunlight could heavily distort observations from telescopes mounted on the Moon. "Last year, scientists discovered a fine dew of water covering the Moon. This water vaporizes in sunlight and is then broken down by ultraviolet radiation, forming hydrogen and...

2010-06-20 08:18:52

A large group of scientists, including Jay Pasachoff, Bryce Babcock, and Steven Souza at Williams College, reveal the character of one of the most distant objects in the solar system in a scientific paper which appeared in the June 17 issue of the journal Nature. In observing the object named 2002 TX300 on October 9, 2009, as it passed in front of a distant star, they could tell what its surface is like and its size. For several years, Pasachoff, Babcock, and Souza have worked with James...


Latest Telescope Reference Libraries

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2010-09-24 17:50:57

A telescope, designed to aid the observation of remote objects, collects some form of electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light). The Netherlands developed the first known practical telescope in the 17th century. The term "telescope" was termed in order to describe Galileo's instruments in 1611. However, Galileo was not the inventor of the telescope. It was Hans Lippershey, Zacharias Janssen, and Jacob Metius who are credited with the creation of the telescope. In 1668, Isaac Newton...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Telescope -- A telescope is an instrument composed of one or more lenses or mirrors to gather and focus electromagnetic radiation. Telescopes increase the observed angular size of objects, as well as their apparent brightness. The largest telescopes are used in astronomy. A telescope was first turned on the sky by Galileo Galilei, the Italian scientist. (Telescopes used for non-astronomical purposes may be called "transits," "monoculars," "binoculars," "camera lenses," or "spyglasses".)...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Radio Astronomy -- Radio astronomy is the study of celestial phenomena through measurement of the characteristics of radio waves emitted by physical processes occurring in space. Radio waves are much longer than light waves. In order to receive good signals, radio astronomy requires large antennas. Radio astronomy is a relatively new field of astronomical research. The earliest investigations into extraterrestrial sources of radio waves were by Karl Guthe Jansky, an engineer with Bell...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Parabolic Mirror -- A parabolic reflector or parabolic dish is a reflective device formed in the shape of a paraboloid of revolution. Parabolic reflectors can either collect or distribute energy such as light, sound, or radio waves. The parabolic reflector functions due to the geometric properties of the paraboloid shape: if the angle of incidence to the inner surface of the collector equals the angle of reflection, then any incoming ray that is parallel to the axis of the dish will be...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Amateur Astronomy -- Amateur astronomy, also called backyard astronomy, is a hobby whose participants enjoy watching the night sky (and the day sky too, for sunspots, eclipses, etc.), and the plethora of objects found in it, mainly with portable telescopes and binoculars. Even though scientific research is not their main goal, many amateur astronomers make a contribution to astronomy by monitoring variable stars, tracking asteroids and discovering transient objects, such as comets. Such...

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