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Building a Telescope

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Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 9-12
Publication Year: 2000
Product Number: EG-2000-10-64-MSFC
Subjects: Physical Science


By using mailing tubes and convex lenses along with other household items, students build refracting telescopes. After building them, students compute the power or magnification of their telescopes.

Building a Telescope  [155KB PDF file]

This activity is part of the Optics Educator Guide.

Page Last Updated: December 17th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild