Introducing the telescope

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Short description

Students learn about the principle of operation of the telescope. Through a series of puzzles, they investigate fundamental optics behind the instrument using interactive apps and obtain a deeper understanding of it. We start with an introduction to modern observatories and then proceed to create a simple model of a telescope. Then we investigate: magnification, upside down images, focusing, the impact of the Earth’s rotation and telescope light gathering power.