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Astronomy Project

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Aleksandr Korkut

THE STORY:

My brother and I have been into astronomy for over 6 years now.  We had also travelled a lot by now and noticed that many people of all ages – show interest in observing and knowing the cosmos over our heads. They want, but they can’t do this, because of financial reasons. This has to do with the fact that most of the world’s market, has been taken over by the two leading astronomical equipment manufacturers. Having no serious competitors, they can and do overprice their optical equipment, which makes it less accessible to the people all over the world.

In this project, we do not aim to gain materials benefits for ourselves. All that will be included in the price of the optical systems is its shipping to the location of the needy, which we can’t afford to cover at this point. We would like to give such a beautiful and important opportunity of learning to the kinder gardens, orphanages, schools and others, to interest them in learning physics, mathematics and astronomy.
We had already started conducting this project, but we do so, on our own savings, which limits us by a lot and we just can’t reach our goal without your help. In search of help, we have created THIS project.

 

What We Need & What You Get

For this project, we would require at least $50000. These funds will be spent on rent of the premises to work at, procurement and fabrication of the necessary equipment, purchase of raw materials for production.

By carefully calculating of how much would a production of a telescope cost, we had understood that we are capable of adequately manufacturing a high quality optical system – but at SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER prices, which makes astronomy accessible to practically everyone who want to learn and gaze at the beauty of the cosmos, but can’t at this point.

Even if the goal of raising enough money will not be reached, we WILL stick to goals and ideas and continue working with what we have then. We will stay determined and continue spending our own little saving we have and keep on searching for help on gaining funding for our project. This project WILL NOT DIE.

 

The Impact

In this project, we do not aim to gain materials benefits for ourselves. All that will be included in the price of the optical systems is its shipping to the location of the needy, which we can’t afford to cover at this point. We would like to give such a beautiful and important opportunity of learning to the kinder gardens, orphanages, schools and others, to interest them in learning physics, mathematics and astronomy.

 

Risks & Challenges

During these 6 years we had been in astronomy, we have been slowly gathering all the technical information needed to jump-start our idea. Competence in various fields was formed (mathematics, engineering, electrical knowledge etc.) and we continue on learning.

This project – is our first. We had started implementing it to life, half a year ago. During this time, we have written many projects to the city municipality, looking for support, but found none. For some reason, they did not see the future or potential in this idea. We are not interested in making money, but rather helping those in need, without looking for something to get out of it. Besides writing projects looking for help, we had made many allies who had agreed to help us in supplying the materials required for manufacturing of the optical systems and making of unique (not for sale anywhere around the world) equipment. Like factories, qualified specialists who will guide us through the process. Almost everything that is needed to start, has been bought on our own money so far.

All the raw materials we had gathered as of now from China, USA, United Kingdom, Europe etc. A special glass factory was contacted with. They offered us special, high quality glass blanks for our needs. 10+ blanks have been purchased so far.

 

Other Ways You Can Help

We will be very grateful, if you could spread the word of our project to your relatives, friends, colleagues or just somebody you know! Indiegogo share tools are great for doing exactly this. All the help we can get is welcome, whether it’s an advice or an opinion. We are always ready to hear you out!

We apologize, but at this point we cannot reward you for your kindness at this point of time, since we had almost spent everything we have on this project already (buying equipment, tools and materials). What we can promise you, is that once the project will be finished – we will not forget about you and the authors of the biggest donations will have their names written on biggest and outstanding of the telescopes made!

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