Blue Dot Education has recently acquired a Celestron 11 in. RASA Schmidt Astrograph Telescope. The telescope has an aperture of 11 in., and the focal length of f/2.2. This telescope possesses a lot of power specifically for astrophotography. The telescope is meant solely for the purpose of astrophotography and does not have an eyepiece to view through the scope, but only an attachment to place a DSLR camera. Basically the telescope acts as a over sized telephoto lense for a DSLR camera such as the Canon 6D. This telescope will enhance Blue Dot Education’s, astrophotography program by giving students the the best technology to take incredible images of deep space. With this new telescope students will be able to expand their knowledge of nebulae, galaxies and star clusters by capturing these high quality images. When students take and process photography they will have a deeper understanding of objects in outer space and learn about space science. With this telescope, we are closer to achieving our ongoing goal of spreading the knowledge and passion of space science to students.
Our logo is a rendition of the famous Pale Blue Dot image of Earth captured by the Voyager 1 probe as it reached a distance of nearly 6 billion kilometers. In the original image, the three colored lines are bands of scattered light and the Earth is a small tiny dot (less than a pixel) seen within the yellow band. To view our home in such a manner speaks volumes about humanity – who we are, what we can accomplish, and the “folly of human conceits”, as captured by Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot speech.
For us, it is an inspiration to push the boundaries of what we can achieve in education – to keep exploring, discovering, and in turn expanding our perspectives of ourselves. It emphasizes the need for a human-centered, holistic approach to schooling that values an individual’s background and needs. By following this path, our goal is to gain the insights to create a new vision of education that supports students and adults in the 21st century. We understand that in this effort we may take wrong turns and we expect to receive criticism, but this is necessary in order to stay on the frontier of our work and inspire others to join us.