My son's cub scout troop went to the Cambridge Observatory for their monthly field trip and we had such a fun time. My family had visited before, as on Wednesday evening in the winter it is open to the public. However the crowd is so big we have not able to see their oldest but still working telescope until this trip.
The telescope we saw was the Northumberland telescope which is 183 years old! It is still operational.
Some of the pictures are in red as I was not able to use flash photography while inside the building:)
The building where the telescope is housed
Removing the trash bag that covers the lens
Removing the lens cap
Opening the ceiling door
The kids helped position the telescope.
Looking for Jupiter
Kids had a chance to ask questions. I was really pleased to hear how much my children remembered from our space study last year. The kids all seemed interested in black holes, worm holes and gamma rays:)
Then we all got a chance to look thru the telescope and we saw Jupiter and 2 of its moons
After wards the children were taken to a auditorium were we participated in a space quiz. Some questions were easy but some were really hard.
Some how I was able to answer this question I must have remember this from one of the many books I read last year or I just got lucky:)!
It was a wonderful evening out and on the car ride home my oldest enthusiastically announced she had a fun time. Always so nice to hear!!!