April 1, 2023
James Madison University
US/Eastern timezone
See you all at the Fall 2023 Meeting on Oct. 21 @ UMD/Zoom !

Using new, smart, cellphone-controlled telescopes for education and outreach

Apr 1, 2023, 2:00 PM
King Hall 0243 (James Madison University)

King Hall 0243

James Madison University

701 Carrier Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22807
talk (15-minute) Afternoon Session 1B


John Simonetti (Virginia Tech, Physics)


I will discuss our experimentation with two smart telescopes which have recently become commercially available. These instruments, the eVscope and the Stellina, are controlled using cellphone apps. Setup time is remarkably short and the imaging capabilities of these instruments are very impressive. I will discuss our testing of these instruments in an undergraduate research project and in our observational astrophysics course. Students find these instruments very easy to use. The potential opportunities for educational and outreach applications should be quite good. Both instruments will be on display at the meeting.

Primary author

John Simonetti (Virginia Tech, Physics)

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