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Paper: Integrating the Galileoscope into the College Classroom
Volume: 443, Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach
Page: 397
Authors: Pompea, S. M.; Sparks, R. T.; Walker, C. E.
Abstract: The Galileoscope is useful in addressing many of the concerns of college astronomy teachers. Many college astronomy classes struggle to incorporate telescopic observing projects into the curriculum. Scheduling observing sessions on campus at night can be problematic, particularly for students who must commute longer distances to campus. One potential solution is for students to do observing projects at home and report back the next day. In order for this model to work, each student would need a telescope at home. The Galileoscope is a low-cost, high optical quality telescope that was developed for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) that is being used in college courses around the country. Each student in class can purchase a Galileoscope for a fraction of the cost of a typical astronomy textbook. The Galileoscope is capable of showing a wide variety of celestial sights including craters on the Moon, the phases of Venus, the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and a wide variety of double stars, nebulae, and star clusters.
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