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For immediate release
January 7, 2008


Dr. James "J.D." Armstrong
Maui Technology Education & Outreach Specialist
Institute for Astronomy

Ms. Claudine Wales
Administrative Specialist
Institute for Astronomy, Maui


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Maui Public Talk: How to Use the Telescope You Received for Christmas

Did Santa bring you a telescope like this one?

The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy will hold a UH/IfA Maui Maikalani Community Lecture, the fourth in a series of free monthly public talks on Maui, on Friday, January 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its new building, Maikalani, in Pukalani. Rob Ratkowski, a member of the Haleakala Amateur Astronomers (HAA), will give a talk entitled "How to Use the Telescope You Received for Christmas."

"The best telescope is one that gets used," says Ratkowski. "Many people buy a telescope and then think, 'Well, now what do I do?' " To help new amateur astronomers begin to explore the night sky, the talk will be followed by a help session. HAA members will provide assistance in setting up and using telescopes. Those who are thinking about buying a telescope, or who just want an opportunity to stargaze through a telescope, are also welcome to attend.

Founded in 1967, the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the sun. Its faculty and staff are also involved in astronomy education, deep space missions, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea.

Established in 1907 and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Hawaii is the state's sole public system of higher education. The UH System provides an array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and community programs on 10 campuses and through educational, training, and research centers across the state. UH enrolls more than 50,000 students from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and around the world.




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