Physics and Astronomy to host telescope workshop

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University will host an Astronomy/Telescope Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Edelman Planetarium in Science Hall on the Glassboro campus.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University will host an Astronomy/Telescope Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Edelman Planetarium in Science Hall on the Glassboro campus.

The program will open with a planetarium show.  After the planetarium presentation, faculty will discuss the basics of telescope operation, such as the differences between refractors (telescopes with lenses) and reflectors (telescopes with mirrors), sighting on an object, focusing, camera attachments, astrophotography, the differences between light-gathering abilities and resolution and what determines magnification or power.

Telescope owners should leave with a better understanding of how their telescopes operate.  Those looking to purchase a telescope should gain a better understanding of what to look for.

At the conclusion of the teaching/discussion session — weather permitting — attendees will take telescopes outside to view the sun.

Pre-teen children are invited but must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult.

Visitors’ parking will be available in lot A.

The program is free.  To register, email johnsonk@rowan.edu and include the name, address, and telephone number of all planning to attend.