Stephen Hawking gets a Celestron!

Posted by David Eicher
on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Credit: Stephen Hawking
Our great friend Stephen Hawking got a visit from two Celestron employees recently who installed an 11-inch Celestron SCT for his use. Yesterday Stephen posted photos he made with the telescope, and Bryan Cogdell of Celestron has been quite excited after visiting the professor and installing the telescope.

In Bryan’s words, “It’s a decked-out CPC Deluxe 1100 HD — I wanted something that could do it all, enough resolving power and focal length to reel in the planets, but also convertible to f/2 for wide-angle deep-sky on an alt-az mount.”

Wrote Hawking: “I’m delighted to have a new toy: a telescope from Celestron Telescopes! Its 11-inch mirror is capable of resolving fine detail in galaxies millions of light-years away. Two of Celestron’s employees spent a few days teaching me how to capture images from the telescope and view them on my computer. Take a look at a few of my first shots. I’m looking forward to observing Pluto, the Pleiades, and the Andromeda Galaxy in the coming months. –SH”

We can’t wait to see more images that Hawking shoots with his great new Celestron telescope.

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