You may have heard about the Galileoscope, a cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy. After my visit at the AAS conference at Pasadena, CA in June, I decided to organize a large order of this cheap telescope. We received last week ~155 Galileoscopes that should be now in the hands of my colleagues at SETi and UC-Berkeley and my friends. Since I already got a few questions from them, I decided to post on this blog some useful items and ideas.
I am glad to have found on the web that the Galileoscope initiative helps building a new community of amateur astronomers. You can find on the web several pictures taken by some of them (the Moon, Jupiter and its satellites). I will mount and test my own Galileoscope this weekend since I will be camping nearby Lake Camanche, CA, so I may update this blog with more handy comments.
The UC-Berkeley IYA group is considering to organize a Galilean Night at the university on Oct 22-24 2009. It will be a great opportunity for those who did not yet order their Galileoscope to look through one of them and for us to share our enthusiasm for space exploration. More news soon…