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03 January, 2012

Asad Mehmood, Made the Sixth Most Powerful Telescope in Pakistan

Asad Mahmood making a Newtonian telescope

Okara: While most want to see the world, Asad Mahmood, from the small city of Okara, Punjab, wants to see the universe. It was 18-year-old Mahmood's passion that inspired him to seek the moon and stars and his determination that drove him to make the 5th most powerful telescope in Pakistan, in 2010, and the first ever made in Pakistan. 
Asad Mehmood, made the sixth most powerful telescope in Pakistan – all from items available in his native town of Okara. It was 18-year-old Mahmood’s passion that inspired him to seek the moon and stars and his determination that drove him to make the 6th most powerful telescope in Pakistan. Mehmood had never seen a real telescope in his entire life. There was no astronomy society in Okara that he could turn to; he didn’t even have an internet connection that he could use for research. After a year of failed prototypes, he made a Galilean Telescope, consisting of two convex lenses placed at a specific distance to each other. At that time, he was in Class 8.Then he upgraded, making a Newtonian telescope, which took eight months and two attempts to shape! On his first attempt the lens broke, but his spirit didn’t, and he went on to align his telescope with one of the best this nation has seen.
Mehmood’s telescope is capable of viewing clear, magnified images of the moon’s craters, Jupiter, (along with its four moons), Saturn and Venus. This telescope magnifies images to 300 times the size visible to the naked eye. Incidentally, Mehmood is the first to build a telescope of this kind in Pakistan.

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