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The Galileoscope program is a grass roots effort to improve the quality of student telescopes. The Galileoscope is a great example of what the International Year of Astronomy partners want to achieve in astronomy; encouraging everyone to look up at the night sky. Viewing Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon through a telescope is a transformative experience, and can be available even in the largest and most brightly lit cities.

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Galileo's telescope on historic visit to Philadelphia
Though it looks like a cardboard tube that got left out in the rain, it's a priceless instrument whose owner changed the world. The mottled brown cylinder on display at The Franklin Institute science museum is a 400-year-old telescope used by Galileo Galilei, whose observations of the heavens ultimately changed the face of not only astronomy but all of science.

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The Medici and the Age of Astronomy exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia is scheduled to open Saturday, April 4, 2009.

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The Galileo scope is an inexpensive telescope designed for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and is geared toward school children and astronomy buffs alike. Kits are available online for $15 starting February 17, 2009 from www.galileoscope.org

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Pocket Telescope/Microscope
This little 6 power telescope looks like a handsome pen and is small enough to be carried in your pocket.
It is as powerful as many small binoculars, but unlike binoculars it can focus on objects as close as five feet - which also makes it great for poking around in museums, etc.

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CCD IMAGES FROM A GALILEAN TELESCOPE
This website presents digital images taken through a telescope made from two 1-inch diameter singlet lenses. Such a telescope is an approximate optical replica of that used by Galileo Galilei for his epoch-making astronomical discoveries of 1609-1611. Although we have not personally had the pleasure of looking through Galileo's telescope, we believe our photographs are a close approximation to what Galileo saw. Even if they are not, they show the remarkable detail that can be seen through a small and very simple telescope constructed from good quality singlet lenses.

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Like a young star cluster, a special telescope that may allow millions of people to discover outer space is being unveiled in this area.
The Galileoscope, a telescope kit designed to spark an astronomical interest in people around the world, is a project for the United Nations-designated International Year of Astronomy 2009. And a Racine company will make the telescope.
Each year the U.N. chooses a theme, and this year marks the 400th year since Galileo Galilei gazed into outer space through a homemade telescope. Thus the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

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Stephen Pompea and astronomers around the globe are pinning great hopes on this simple and sophisticated "Galileoscope," named in honour of the 400th anniversary of the year Galileo Galilei turned a telescope skyward and subsequently redefined humanity's sense of place in the cosmos.

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Cheap Telescope
Today I was in a Dollar General Store, when I saw a cheap telescope. I reached to pick it up, to look at its price, and the cover got dinged up a bit. I paid the twenty dollars for the item, though I have little need for a cheap telescope, because I would hate to be one of those people who damages merchandise and then fails to make it right.
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The joys of viewing the night sky are enhanced if you have a telescope and know how to use one. And clear skies help, of course! Once the clouds depart, a great window opens, allowing you to witness the universe beyond, exploring the realm of stars and galaxies, without ever leaving your yard.

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