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Size matters: new UCCI telescope brings amazing solar images to life

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.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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