Astronomy on a Budget
Setting up a school’s astronomy program doesn’t require a four- or five-figure budget because an innovative non-profit group has a capable budget telescope that’s perfect for school use. Astronomers Without Borders has a portable 5-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope that costs just $200, low enough to buy several scopes. Called One Sky, the telescope has a 130 millimeter f/5 paraboloid mirror and comes with two Plossl eyepieces.
The One Sky telescope is particularly good for schools because it can place a red dot in the field of view to highlight certain celestial objects. Plus, it weighs just 14-pounds and can be folded up and can be stored in a closet when not in use.