I am Sathish BS, an astronomy curator and telescope maker. CTO of startup: Aryabhata Mobile Planetarium LLP. It's been 2 years I have been addressing Isha Vidhya students on their career day. Every time they have shown a keen interest in astronomy and enormous curiosity with eagerness to learn more. So have thought of starting an astronomy club in all Isha Vidhya schools. I have plans to run this club throughout the year and one of the main pieces of equipment needed is a telescope to do celestial observation and tinker with their curiosity. For this to happen I'll be training two teachers ( science and maths ) from each school to design a telescope(10 telescopes to 10 schools, each school gets one) to design their own 60mm telescope which has a 700mm focal length magnification ranging from 28x to 87x.
A 62mm refractor telescope will show you:
binary stars with an angular separation of over 2", e.g. Albireo, Mizar, etc.
faint stars (up to 10 stellar magnitudes)
sunspots (with an aperture filter)
phases of Venus
Jupiter and its four moons
rings of Saturn
Uranus and Neptune as stars
large globular, e.g. M13, and open clusters
most of the Messier bright objects (not detailed).
The highest magnification is 150x ( with an additional Barlow lens ). I want to start this initiative with an affordable budget. In each school instead of buying a costly imported telescope, I want to impart the knowledge of making one. This is the only way to understand the details of a telescope. My mentor told me once " the one who builds a bike will know how to service and maintain ", buying and making are totally different dynamics. So please join hands in making this project happen.
Whoever donates Rs.4K and above will have there name printed of telescope tube as a token of appreciation from us.