Aspiring astronomers at UCCI are getting a closer look at the sun, with a powerful new homemade telescope.
The specially designed telescope was designed and built by observatory chief Dr. Bill Hrudey.
It features an eight inch lens, making extraordinarily detailed images of the sun possible.
Dr. Hrudey told Cayman 27 he’s planning to go even bigger for his next telescope.
“We’re redesigning a bigger version, which hopefully we’ll have for the early part of next year. It’s going to be a 12 inch as compared to the 8 inch we now have, and that will be the only one of its kind in the world. I think that’s a real feather in the hat for UCCI and what we are doing here at the observatory,” said Dr. Hrudey.
He said buying a comparable pre-built telescope would have cost the university somewhere in the neighborhood of six thousand dollars.
He told Cayman 27 his DIY telescope makes the best of budgetary limitations.