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Large Aperture Outreach Telescope

$705 of $10k goal

Raised by 9 people in 14 days
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Kevin LeGore  PHOENIX, AZ
Focus LAOT webpage

Focus Astronomy is a privately funded astronomy program based in Phoenix, Arizona. This program provides free, interactive astronomy events to middle school (and higher) students as well as the public.  Focus reaches over 15,000 people annually and makes astronomy obtainable to all! 

For 2017 Focus is looking to bring a new insturment to light. A telescope that will allow our attendees to experience the night sky like you've never seen it before. Images of galaxies, star clusters and nebulae in bright, stunning detail that only an observatory class telescope can provide. Focus is proud to announce the Large Aperture Outreach Telescope (LAOT).

The LAOT will house a 28" (0.7-meter) primary mirror, this will make the telescope one of the largest mobile outreach telescopes. With its large mirror the telescope will gather 96% more light than our current 20" telescope and 10,000x more light than the human eye! Unlike similar sized telescope we are also taking advantage of today's latest mirror technology. The LAOT primary will be a light weight cellular design to provide fast cooling, to ensure the views are crisp and sharp. In order to keep the eyepiece at a safer and major managable height the mirror will be ground to f/3.3. This will make the eyepiece only 7 feet off the ground when pointed verticle. This is nearly 2 to 3 feet shorter than a standard 28", making it easy for everyone to enjoy, safely!

Focus currently has the glass to make this telescope a reality. We now need to turn the glass into the primary mirror and build the structure that will ultimately make it into a telescope! We are reaching out for support to make this become a reality.

Project Break Down:

-Primary Generation: $1500
-Figuring: $6000
-Structure: $2000
-Shipping: $500
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Update 1
Posted by Kevin LeGore
14 days ago
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Focus Astronomy will be building the telescope. We are raising the funds to have the primary completed and the structure build.
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$705 of $10k goal

Raised by 9 people in 14 days
Created April 12, 2017
KS
$100
Ken Spencer
1 day ago

Kevin is an outstanding role model for many today in the world of community outreach. Educating and inspiring young people through public awareness of the growing field of astronomy.

EB
$50
Elizabeth Bell
2 days ago

Thanks to Kevin and Focus astronomy for supporting my small program at West Los Angeles College over the years. We have gone from 1 lecture class and no telescopes, to 2 on campus lecture classes, three online classes, and a lab class. The donation of the refractors was very generous as well. Thank you Kevin, Focus, and Celestron.

LW
$50
Lonnie Wege
4 days ago
AE
$5
Austin E
4 days ago

As a student who has had so many amazing experiences come from working in our observatory, I hope what little I'm able to donate can buy some 1/4"-20 bolts our something, because from firsthand experience, those things are ubiquitous! Here's to clear skies!

DS
$100
David Steinfeld
5 days ago
RW
$100
Richard Wright
5 days ago

Let's do this!

$100
Anonymous
12 days ago
PR
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Paul Roth
14 days ago
JB
$100
Jeff Barton
14 days ago

Are we building, or buying, or both? Curious minds want to know ... great idea, Kevin!

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