Peak2Valley Instruments aims to inspire new generation of stargazers

By offering reduced price observing equipment to schools


The aim of the project is to encourage students to build their own telescopes

Astronomical equipment supplier Peak2Valley Instruments is aiming to inspire a new generation of astronomers with a project to equip more schools with telescopes and revive the art of DIY telescope making.

The Peak2Valley Telescope Project’ aims to provide science departments with the means to build their own telescopes and observatories.

John Timmins, founder of Peak2Valley Instruments, said the project was about the DIY aspect of telescope building and how this process might introduce a new generation of kids to astronomy.

“When I started observing, all the magazines I read had articles about do it yourself telescope making,” he said, “If you look at a lot of magazines now there is very little about DIY, it’s more about buying and tweaking new equipment.”

“A lot of schools are strapped for cash.” He continued, “Instead of just putting a new observatory in, how nice would it be if schools could buy materials at cost price and tie it in with a craft or design project.”

Peak2Valley Instruments will offer decreased rates on telescopes and other components to schools and colleges across the UK. Mr Timmins plans to offer his expertise as well, spending time with schools to get these projects up and running and continuing to assist as a consultant.

So far, the project has sparked the interest of a large school in Kent, keen to install an observatory with a refractor.

If you would be interested in getting a school or college involved with the scheme, visit the Peak2Valley website or contact John on 01298 732440.

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