Victoria Ward, Limited Donates Funds for Telescope
by Joan Yanagihara
This 10-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain portable
telescope was acquired with the help of Victoria Ward, Limited.
A 10-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain portable telescope is among
the items recently acquired by the Institute for Astronomy through funds donated
in 2000 by Victoria Ward, Limited, the company that owns and operates the Victoria
Ward Centers. The company provided $11,500 to purchase the telescope, a companion
laptop computer, a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera, and planetarium software
to be used in the IfA's undergraduate and graduate teaching programs and in
public outreach activities.
When presenting the gift, Victoria Ward President and Chief
Executive Officer Mitch D'Olier said, "We are happy to connect the world-class
science in the UH Institute for Astronomy with our community and wish you much
success with your educational work."
With the high-grade telescope and related equipment, Friends
of Hawaii Astronomy and astronomy students are able to observe both the best-known
night-sky objects and a range of fainter objects, such as nebulae, nearby galaxies,
and distant solar system objects. When used with the CCD camera, the telescope
will be able to record long exposure images of planets, nebulae, and galaxies,
thus enabling astronomy students to study asteroids, comets, the motion of solar
system objects, and the brightness of variable stars.
This year the telescope has already been used in events at
the Institute's Manoa headquarters, in the Friends of Hawaii Astronomy Summer
Stargazing series, and in various astronomy classes. This gift has been most
helpful in expanding the educational outreach programs of the IfA.