CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 5, 2001
UI donates telescope to Cedar Rapids Amateur Astronomers
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A recent gift from the department of physics and astronomy
in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts to the Cedar Amateur Astronomers,
Inc. (CAA) of Cedar Rapids has brightened the outlook for local amateur astronomers.
The gift, in the form of a surplus, 34-year-old telescope the university
had relegated to storage, has been reconditioned by the amateur group and
set up at the CAA's Palisades Dows Observatory, located at the Palisades Dows
Botanical Preserve. According to the CAA, the 16-inch Celestron telescope
will allow additional local astronomy enthusiasts to enjoy the night skies.
UI department of physics and astronomy chair Wayne Polyzou said that he
is happy that the university was able to offer the gift of surplus equipment
and that its refurbishment and maintenance by the amateur astronomers will
benefit the public. He also said that the astronomy faculty have taken many
students on tours of the Dows Observatory and that the UI department of physics
and astronomy values this mutually beneficial relationship with the CAA.
The CAA is a family oriented, non-profit group dedicated to showing the
science and wonder of astronomy to Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities.
In conjunction with the Linn County Conservation Department, the CAA provides
free monthly observing programs from March through October at Palisades Dows
Observatory. Additional information is available at the CAA web site: http://www.cedar-astronomers.org/.