Telescopes for All 2021 Official Results (July 16, 2021)
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach along with our partners IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO), Stars Shine for Everyone (Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen, SSVI) and the University of Leiden  are pleased to announce the awardees of the 2021 Telescopes for All project. By sending each awardees a telescope, the project seeks to broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike to spark an interest in science, and promote equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy.
The 2021 project received 225 applications from 54 countries with the active support of the IAU National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs). The selected proposals will bring telescopes to socially deprived communities in Poland; help tackle educational disparities and improving access to STEM for women and girls in Botswana and Mauritius; reach rural areas in Malaysia; and refugee camps in Jordan, to name a few.
The telescopes have been awarded to the following proposals:
- Telescopes for All in Afghanistan, Kayhana Astronomical Group, Afghanistan
- Telescopes for All in Botswana, Machana Satellite School, Botswana
- Tomorrow’s Stars (Astros do Amanhã), Leva Ciência Institute (Instituto Nacional Leva Ciência – INALC), Brazil
- Telescopes for All in Ghana, Tetteh-Ocloo School for the Deaf, Ghana
- Namma Telescope, Open Space Foundation (OSF), India
- Telescopes for All in Iraq, Freelance, Al-Muthanna University (Lecturer), Iraq
- Telescopes for All in Jordan, Jordanian Astronomical Society (JAS), Jordan
- Telescopes for All in Malaysia, SJKT JUGRA School, Malaysia
- Telescopes for All in Mauritius, Hindu Girls’ College Astronomy Club, Mauritius
- Evening Meetings With Astronomy, Grupa Edukacji Astronomicznej na Czarnej Hucie (The Black Ironworks Astronomical Education Group), Poland
- Telescopes for All in Samoa, Tiapapata Art Centre, Samoa
- Telescopes for All in Timor Leste, Knua Sentrál ba Prátika Siénsia no Matemátika (KSP), East Timor
National Level Result (May 31, 2021)
|Title of your Proposal||Status||Entry Date|
|Hopes Of Sharing Beauty To Bring Inspiration||Declined||2021-04-01 17:14:43|
|One Telescope to inspire Temburong children||Endorsed||2021-04-06 15:26:52|
|Alles Für Alle (Anything for All)||Declined||2021-04-11 18:15:23|
|Ways to providing telescopes to underserved communities around the world||Declined||2021-04-15 00:13:57|
|Inspiring astronomy to the less fortunate children||Declined||2021-05-04 11:20:04|
|Astronomy club house||Declined||2021-05-05 12:49:42|
|Stargaze into the infinity||Declined||2021-05-06 10:51:27|
|Curious Young Life||Declined||2021-05-07 08:46:31|
|Introduction of Astronomy to Kids and Community||Declined||2021-05-09 10:47:00|
|Learning how to recognize our own solar system||Endorsed||2021-05-10 21:54:37|
|Introducing astronomy to a global community||Endorsed||2021-05-16 14:13:35|
|Maximising the Ability||Declined||2021-05-20 12:53:59|
|Telescope Inspires Interest in Astronomy for Under-served Children||Endorsed||2021-05-23 17:23:29|
|Astronomy for All||Declined||2021-05-27 01:32:31|
|From light optics and Astronomy into community||Declined||2021-05-27 21:43:01|
|Helping Underserved Children with Telescope||Declined||2021-05-28 10:48:03|
|Far out! learn with Eleanor and Laila||Declined||2021-05-29 10:54:15|
|Eleanor Laila||Declined||2021-05-29 11:14:57|
|Exploring the Universe||Declined||2021-05-29 13:01:32|
|Astronomy for future generations||Declined||2021-05-29 15:32:08|
|Astronomy From A Young Heart||Declined||2021-05-29 15:39:30|
|Gumala Mustika Observertory||Declined||2021-05-29 15:48:48|
|Telescope for all||Declined||2021-05-29 21:08:21|
|Visual galaxy studio is the best way to inspire children with astronomy||Declined||2021-05-30 01:40:50|
|Let's Team Working with the Sky||Declined||2021-05-30 07:14:01|
|Telescope for Young Generation||Endorsed||2021-05-30 08:41:51|
|Virtual Telescope||Declined||2021-05-30 15:07:57|
|Telescope Installation for PGGMB Rooftop||Declined||2021-05-30 15:48:22|
|Scopes for STEAM||Endorsed||2021-05-30 15:48:23|
|Viewing is Believing.....||Declined||2021-05-30 18:08:50|
|Astronomical outreach for orphans, children of abuse and female inmates in prison||Endorsed||2021-05-30 21:52:07|
|Astronomy Outreach for Brunei's Rural Community||Endorsed||2021-05-30 22:17:12|
|Telescopes for All 2021 - Impactful to the communities and all||Endorsed||2021-05-30 22:42:22|
Applicants with endorsed proposals are eligible to the next round of the selection process at international stage, kindly check your email/spam folder for further instructions.
An IAU Global Outreach Project
The Telescopes for All project distributes telescopes signed by astronauts and scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, to underserved communities around the world. The project aims to broaden the horizons of children, adults and educators while sparking an interest in science and raising awareness for equal opportunities in pursuing careers in astronomy.
This project is conducted in partnership with Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone — SSVI) and Leiden University/Universe Awareness (UNAWE). Brunei Darussalam is amongst participating countries for this year’s Telescopes for All, which is coordinated by IAU NOC Brunei Darussalam.
In 2021, the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) will team up once again with the Belgian project Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone — SSVI), Bresser and Leiden University to distribute 12 telescopes to underserved communities around the world. The telescopes are signed by astronauts, Nobel laureates, astronomy communicators and scientists with inspiring roles in their communities.
We welcome proposals for projects that will broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike, sparking an interest in science and raise awareness of equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy.
Submission Process (for participant from Brunei Darussalam only)
STEP 1: Write a proposal to Brunei Darussalam IAU National Outreach Coordinator (NOC). Proposals should be 1 paragraph (max 300 words) in English and describe how and where you would use the telescope to inspire underserved children with astronomy.
STEP 2: Submit your proposal via our online form
STEP 3: Upon reviewed by NOC Brunei Darussalam, if your proposal is successfully approved, you will receive a recommendation letter with further instructions on the next step via your e-mail . Status of your proposal can be found on this page.
- April 01, 2021: Accepting Telescopes for All 2021 proposals for endorsement by IAU NOC Brunei.
- May 30, 2021: Deadline submission of proposals from Brunei participants to IAU NOC via online.
- June 01, 2021 (before 23:59 local time): Submit your proposal with the recommendation from Brunei IAU NOC to the IAU OAO via e-mail with the subject line “Telescopes for All 2021”.
- June (KIV), 2021: Winners will be announced
Submit your proposal here
Submissions will be evaluated by a representative from IAU OAO and SSVI and will be considered based on:
- Creativity (if your proposal is original or has an original component to it),
- Impact (how it will affect the communities where it will be implemented),
- Sustainability (if and how you will continue to use the telescope beyond the project).
- Communities that are underserved in terms of telescopes provisions in the area/region will be given priority.
This project is open to the public worldwide.
The IAU NOCs are also eligible to participate.
Participating NOCs (Alphabetical Order)
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia (Contact Deputy NOC), Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Zambia.
The telescope is a refractor Bresser 90/1200 and will be delivered with a special mount, custom-made by amateur telescopes making group Kijkerbouw of the Public Observatory Armand Pien Belgium for SSVI. The equipment comes complete with a telescope tube, viewfinder, zenith prism, solar filter, 25mm and 15mm Plössl eyepieces, one electronic eyepiece (webcam), and a mount. This telescope can be used to observe the Moon, the planets of our Solar System, some of their moons, and the brightest Messier objects (e.g. the Orion Nebula, globular clusters, binary stars).
IMPORTANT: The use of a solar filter is mandatory to observe the Sun. Severe eye damage will occur if you don’t use a solar filter.
Notes on Shipping
Winners will be sent a telescope (in one single package) with a tracking number. Information about the educational value of the telescope will be included. The recipient of the telescope will be responsible for any local expenses (like customs taxes). It is not possible to resend the telescope, so an accurate address and contact phone number must be provided.
Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone – SSVI) is a cooperation between Volkssterrenwacht A.Pien vzw (Public Observatory Armand Pien) and Ghent University. The project is based on the idea that “all children in special education and vulnerable people should have the opportunity to admire the starry sky with the help of a telescope,” according to project leader and founder Jean-Pierre Grootaerd.
SSVI is carried out by the amateur telescope making group Kijkerbouw of the UGent Public Observatory Armand Pien in Ghent, Belgium. Belgian astronauts Dirk Firmout and Frank De Winne parented the project SSVI and Science4Girls. SSVI is in collaboration with the Euro Space Society and Universe Awareness.
Bresser has generously donated the telescopes to SSVI and Telescopes for All project. Telescopes for All is also possible thanks to the support from Leiden University.
Agreement with Applicants
- All decisions of the project organisers about any aspect of the Telescopes for All, including eligibility or disqualification of applications, comments and images, and final distribution, are final and cannot be appealed.
- By submitting information for the Telescopes for All about the conducted proposals, applicants consent to the use, reproduction, publication, transmission and dissemination of their name and information relating to the project by the organisers and/or partners, without compensation, in any publications or promotional material, to promote the projects and its winners.
- Telescopes for All and the organisers reserve the right to make changes to the project at any time without prior notice, to temporarily interrupt the project, or to cancel the project without justification or being in any way accountable for this decision. No damages or compensation may be claimed by applicants to the project.
- By submitting a proposal, applicants acknowledge that Telescopes for All, the organisers, and collaborators are not responsible for any local expenses (such as customs taxes) associated with receiving the telescope if the applicant wins a telescope.
- Telescopes for All, the organisers, and the collaborators are not responsible for injury acquired through the use of a telescope acquired through Telescopes for All. Telescope users are responsible for their use of the telescope.
Find contact information for your NOC here: https://sites.google.com/oao.iau.org/iauoaonews/national-pages