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This Month’s Hobby: Make Your Own Telescope!

Team StoryWeavers|November 8, 2019| 104

Based on super popular demand from all you young space enthusiasts, this month’s hobby is Amateur Astronomy! People all over the world have been studying the sky for centuries. While everyone knows a little about astronomy, there’s a popular misconception associated with it – astronomy is difficult and complicated.

This is not true at all! You can take up amateur astronomy right from your terrace!

And guess what? Amateur astronomers can even help space institutes like NASA find new planets and stars!

Step 1: Getting the time and place right

Find a spot where you can see a large patch of the sky and check the sky at different times of the night to see when you can see the stars and celestial bodies clearly.

Step 2: Noticing Patterns

Notice if you can spot any patterns of shiny objects in the sky, and familiarise yourself with these patterns. See if the positions of these patterns change over time and make a note.

Step 3: A Map for the stars!

Find a star map/chart for your location. There are various websites where you can get this information easily. You will need to enter your city, time (when you will be viewing the sky) and the date. Once you get a map of the stars, try spotting the patterns you’ve noticed in the sky on the map! This will help you identify the planets, stars, and constellations.

To get started right away, here is a list of celestial objects that can be seen all around the world with the naked eye:

  • Venus: This bright planet can be found near the sun during sunset or sunrise.
  • Big Dipper: A famous constellation that is made of up seven stars and looks like a cup with a long handle.
  • North Star: This star is in the direction of the geographic North Pole. It is near the Big Dipper and is the brightest start in the night sky.
  • Orion The Hunter: Another famous constellation made up of 7 stars, the easiest way to spot Orion is to look for 3 stars in an almost straight line that form Orion’s “belt”.
  • Moon: The size and shape of the moon change every day and tracking the phases of the moon are basics in astronomy!

Once you’re familiar with the celestial bodies in the sky, to help you observe them better, you can make your own telescope! Here’s how:

Materials Needed

  1. Thick cardboard
  2. Black chart paper
  3. Two lenses from magnifying glasses (one lens should be bigger than the other)
  4. Glue
  5. Black colour sticky tape

Instructions

  1. Stick black chart paper on both sides of a sheet of cardboard.
  2. Make a long cylinder-shaped tube by rolling the cardboard and sticking its edges. The diameter of the tube must be the same as the diameter of the bigger magnifying lens. At the end of this stage, you should have a hollow tube that is black on the inside and outside with two open ends on either side of the tube.
  3. Take the bigger magnifying lens and tape it to one end of the tube. While taping, make sure you only cover the corners of the lens. At the end of this stage, you should have a black tube with a magnifying lens on one side and the other side should be open.
  4. Repeat the steps by making a similar tube for the smaller magnifying glass. PLEASE NOTE: The smaller tube should be able to slide in and out of the bigger tube smoothly.
  5. Once you are done making the smaller tube, insert the smaller tube’s end that has the smaller magnifying glass into the open end of the bigger tube.
  6. Voila! Your telescope is ready. Look through the telescope from the open end of the smaller tube and slide the smaller tube in or out till the image you are viewing comes into focus.

The sky that we live under, is full of interesting objects. You just need a little curiosity and the spirit to keep learning to understand it’s secrets.

What did you learn about amateur astronomy from this article? Will you take it up as a hobby?

About the Author


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Deepthi Chakravarthy

Deepthi is an ambivert who is on a steady diet of good food, filter coffee, and self-improvement. Being an ardent reader, storytelling has been her first love and she enjoys exploring how to convey stories compellingly. Having studied psychology and experienced the learning and development field, Deepthi is driven to understand human behavior and to know what makes each of us unique. You are most likely to find her tucked into a cozy corner at a local cafe with a Kindle or a book in hand. If you find her there, stop by and say hello, she'd be eager to learn your story too. Until then, you can ping her at [email protected] for anything you may like to share.

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Saurav Kumar

November 8, 2019

I found amateur astronomy very fascinating and I will surely take it up as my hobby.


Pragya

November 8, 2019

It is very creative and interesting also. I will surely make it my hobby.


Aryan Heranjwala

November 8, 2019

I found this activity too much fascinating
And a good topic which I wanted to discuss upon…


Swastika

November 8, 2019

This is what I always wanted! Thank you BYJU’S?


Sanjana

November 8, 2019

I had always been fascinated with astronomy and i have longed to own a telescope… thank you Byjus it’s very simple and useful


Anubhav

November 8, 2019

I already have a diy telescope.


Anisha

November 8, 2019

Okayyyy wow can you make vids on cool space mysteries


Daksh

November 8, 2019

Thankyou bujus for your amazing tutorials
And I will surely take astronomy as my hobby
And thankyou for teaching us how to measure degrees
And time.
Thank you
Byjus


Yasir

November 8, 2019

It’s Awesome


Sanjana

November 8, 2019

I found amateur astronomy very interesting. I can’t stop
myself as I really want to make my own telescope


Hiya

November 8, 2019

Interesting!!


Sanskriti Chaturvedi

November 8, 2019

This is a super cool hobby!!!! I have my own telescope of 50AZ but still. I’ll make this one too. I really love astronomy!!! I study it in my school also and it is my future career.!!!


Mukutraj navgan

November 8, 2019

It was looking very interesting I will do this


Jasmin

November 8, 2019

Thanks for this great idea byjus…
Im a great follower of space science and
intergalatic world…??⛼?????☄


Munendra

November 8, 2019

Hii


Navya

November 8, 2019

I love studying about space and making a telescope is truly a great opportunity! Thankyou for sharing this !!


Nikeeta Raut

November 8, 2019

I am curious about the sky and it’s mysterious magics, I will definitely make my own telescope understand it.?


Nikeeta Raut

November 8, 2019

I am curious about the sky and it’s mysterious magics, I will definitely make my own telescope to understand it.?


Ayush Prakash Saha

November 8, 2019

I’ll try to make the telescope and will send the photo of it.


Soujanya

November 8, 2019

This is a very fun filled hobby. I am sure to take it up


Kirti

November 9, 2019

I will try to make it properly


Piyush dutta

November 9, 2019

It is a short cut process to make your home made telescope. Quite interesting and fascinating.


Yogesh rajak

November 9, 2019

It is already like hobby for me


Zunaira

November 9, 2019

It’s very interesting. I will take it as my hobby


Hephzibah John

November 9, 2019

Will try to make the telescope. Thank you byjus ???


Haripriya

November 9, 2019

Ya.. it’s an great idea…,I really like it….and ready to do it as my hobby…..as it develops our curiosity and love towards space science and astronomy……?


Parikshith raj

November 9, 2019

I love space and thank you byju’s to give everyone the instructions to bulid a telescope.


K.padma

November 9, 2019

It is interrstong


Ayushi

November 9, 2019

Sure I will definitely try to make my own telescope. Thank you byju’s.


Gundeep singh

November 9, 2019

No, can’t make it


Srinu

November 9, 2019

The country doesn’t deserve anything less than success from us. Let us aim for success.”


Harshika saxena

November 9, 2019

So amazing ….thanks byjus


Keruba

November 9, 2019

It’s really awesome!!


Asmita Goyal

November 9, 2019

I am interested in space science and i will definitely take it up as a hobby. Thank you.


Riju

November 10, 2019

I want to become an astronaut, this took me one step closer??


Souvik Das

November 10, 2019

Anyone help me to buy lens?


Adarsh

November 10, 2019

Finally what I wanted to see the bright jupiter with my eyes….
Thanks byjus


Pavithra

November 10, 2019

Thank you for providing us such an incredible and amazing activity. I will definitely try to do it.


Adheesh Verma

November 10, 2019

My aim is to become an astronaut. So I’ll surely try it.
THANK YOU


Raghav Bhandari

November 10, 2019

Wow!that seems adventurous and I will definitely try this.


Pawani

November 10, 2019

Interesting. I will surely taking it as my hobby


Zaina Nasim

November 10, 2019

Did anyone make it ????
Btw, I m surely going to.


Apoorva

November 11, 2019

Awesome!!!!!


Pradyumn

November 11, 2019

I want to go in aerodynamics


Pradyumn

November 11, 2019

I would love to go in aerodynamics


Aarushi

November 11, 2019

I had a lot of interset in astronomy back in fourth grade… This experiment brings back my passion?


Shashwita ranjan

November 11, 2019

I Am very much into astronomy and even have a telescope and it would real be a fun to see how it actully is made , the way if making it . Thank u !!


Mr faaeque zia

November 11, 2019

Please send a video to understand better kindly send its video


Albee

November 11, 2019

It is interesting and awesome… Thank u for informing us about astronomy


bosco

November 12, 2019

amazing


Aviral Shukla

November 12, 2019

This is very interesting


Subhra Chakraborti

November 12, 2019

Thanks BYJU’S, I will obviously try it…


Payal

November 12, 2019

I am interested in this field so if possible please send me some information regarding astronomy.


Swati Upadhyay

November 12, 2019

Ok so I’m keen about space and related topics..so this hobby suits best with me..
Thankyou byjus?


Manav Philipp

November 13, 2019

I am beginning to love astronomy after reading this article and luckily I do have a telescope


Naresh vijay.R

November 14, 2019

My hobby is researching about space and finding a new thing in space.


Ahir

November 14, 2019

Totally amazing….


Firoz kurian francis

November 14, 2019

Can you tell me where I can find these things


Abhinav suresh

November 14, 2019

I liked this method sure I will try this method


Yugant Fulzele

November 15, 2019

I loved it.
I’ll surely make the telescope with my
friends


Rohan raj

November 15, 2019

That good but ill be good if u post a video on it


Gnapika

November 15, 2019

I’m so interested in this type of innovative and creative things. Thankyou byjus


Neha

November 15, 2019

It’s really helpful. Iam interested in astronomy and having little glance on stars at night sky. I was so keen to know more about galaxies and universe. I thank byjus team for providing a good source for students to build up their creativity mind. I hope you will conduct these interesting activities again.


Ritika

November 17, 2019

I want to be a scientist. Even I make objects realated to it . Thanks


Apoorv

November 19, 2019

I like astronomy


Pranjal Pandey

November 20, 2019

Please make a video for better understanding.


karthik

November 20, 2019

Please sent a viedo of that


karthik

November 20, 2019

Please sent a viedo of that telescope


Gondge Shyam

November 20, 2019

The given information was excellent.The examples shown below in images is much better. Your ideas to teaching with byjus app was adorable.when i was read stories on byjus it will help me a knowledgeable.
Thank you so much byjus for providind a such types of knowledge with suitable and and easy language.


Anuj Kumar Gupta

November 20, 2019

Thanks byjus I was trying from much time to know how to become an astronomer. But i need more information.please


Prerna

November 24, 2019

Can you please send me a video on this


Ritikashree

November 27, 2019

Nice


Sakshi

November 28, 2019

It is so much nice sorry i saw this email today very sorry for this it is so excellent


Ankita yadav

December 1, 2019

I like astronomy very much . Thank u Byju’s for this creative and excellent idea .


Sarvesh kale

December 1, 2019

I liked it, as I want to be a good astrnomer, thanks byjus for sharing this with us


Rohini

December 2, 2019

Its really a good and great Idea I think


Ayush samal

December 2, 2019

Awesome


Prajaktha

December 10, 2019

Oh!it’s great about the amateur astronomer.Thanks for giving such a great idea to us.I really thankful the team of byjus for the wonderful idea.Its so creative.


Vibha Kumar

December 13, 2019

Amazing! It is interesting.


sneha

December 19, 2019

Supper☺


Sahana

December 20, 2019

I Love space science ! Really interesting


TEJASH PATHAK

December 21, 2019

It was dream to observe thw sky with a telescope and you helped me out with it. Thank you .


Rugvedi

December 22, 2019

I really aspire to be an astronomer or a cosmologist !! Thank you byjus for sharing such interesting and useful piece of information !! ??⚡??


Aditya Anand Raj

December 25, 2019

Best idea


Rachit

December 25, 2019

Thank you for taking interest in it


Shagun

January 5, 2020

I will try the telescope out


Fathima farhath

January 5, 2020

Amazing!It is a great idea


Harsh Jain

January 5, 2020

Awsome Will definetly try it


Chinmayee Khairnar

January 15, 2020

It’s very easy ??


Kaynat Murty

February 16, 2020

I like craft and art.


Charmi

March 3, 2020

It’s quite exciting and educational ??


Arpita

March 4, 2020

There could be a video for us to understand better.


Gaurya Naik

June 5, 2020

I will surely try this ??


Spandan

December 7, 2020

I’ll surely try this , THANKS A LOT BYJU’S 🤩🤩🤩


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