The #LearningSpace Google Hangout was talking today about the Galileoscope project. Galileo invented (I'm sure the story is more complex) the telescope and all that, and the Galileoscope project is HERE.
The Galileoscope is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed by a team of leading astronomers, optical engineers, and science educators. No matter where you live, with this easy-to-assemble, 50-mm (2-inch) diameter, 25- to 50-power achromatic refractor, you can see the celestial wonders that Galileo Galilei first glimpsed 400 years ago and that still delight stargazers today. These include lunar craters and mountains, four moons circling Jupiter, the phases of Venus, Saturn’s rings, and countless stars invisible to the unaided eye.
You buy a Galileoscope Kit and build it. I'm told it is not hard, and in fact, you can take it apart and put it back together again repeatedly. For that matter, you can
If you want, you can go to the Galileoscope project and pick a teacher somewhere, like your local grade school, and send them one. Check out your own workplace first to see if they match donations; you can send TWO galileoscopes to your local school. Or, just buy one and have fun.
If you point your PHS camera into the Galileoscope while it is looking at saturn, you can do this:
I have a 76mm (3 inch) Newtonian reflector,
Celestron My FirstScope,
comes with 2 eyepieces and a Dobsonian mount all for 55 Euros, which I think was a better deal. YMMV.
Now if the goddamn cloud cover would go away...