Telescope Webquest


You are walking on the beach and you see a paper in a bottle. You open it up and you see ancient writings. After some translating and deciphering, you read it. These papers hint to there being another planet! It is in between Jupiter and Saturn. You itch with curiosity, you just have to see it!You think about telling Nasa, you think about telling everybody! But then it wouldn't be yours, and they might steal the fame. It's better you do this on your own. Just one problem... what telescope do you use?


Your task: Find the best telescope to see this far into space with the image being the most clear as possible. Compare and contrast the telescopes and then draw a picture of each. After this, ansewr the Evaluation questions to find your planet.


 1. Complete the table below: 

Celestron Nexstar 4SE Maksutov- Cassegrain Celestron 21037 PowerSeeker 70EQ  Orion 10029 StarBlast 90mm Altazimuth Travel Refractor












2. Draw a picture of each telescope based on what they look like in the pictures on the website.











To complete this tasks, use these websites; don't give away the secret though!



1. Which telescope do you think is best for beginners using telescopes? Why?




2. Which do you think is for more experienced astronomers? Why?




3. Which telescope would probably be the best to see the planet? What is is about it that makes it the best?





4. What will you name the planet if you find it?






You decide to use the telescope that you thought was the best. You wait until night, you pull it out, figure out where to point and, holding your breath, you look. It's there!!! A medium size gas planet that glows red. Good thing you picked that telescope, or else you never would have found this planet. Now you are a famous astronomer. Good work!


Used websites: 

“Best Telescope to See Planets – Your Complete Guide.” Love the Night Sky,

“NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope.” NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope | Celestron - Telescopes, Telescope Accessories, Outdoor and Scientific Products,

“Orion StarBlast 90mm Altazimuth Travel Refractor Telescope | Orion Telescopes and Binoculars.” Orion Telescopes & Binoculars,….

“PowerSeeker 70EQ Telescope.” PowerSeeker 70EQ Telescope | Celestron - Telescopes, Telescope Accessories, Outdoor and Scientific Products,