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Cumberland Students to See the Stars


Williamsburg, Ky. - The VanLunen Foundation has donated $4,000 to University of the Cumberlands to purchase a Celestron Professional Computerized (CPC) 800 XLT 8 Telescope with accessories.

“This will allow us to more adequately serve our students,” said Dr. Jim Manning, professor of physics at University of the Cumberlands.

This futuristic Schmidt-Cassegrain provides quick and simple alignment using the Global Positioning System, which has unsurpassed optical quality with StarBright XLT optical coatings and enhanced computerization for locating stars and deep-sky objects. Various accessories will also be purchased including additional lens, filters, Starry Night Pro Plus software, a rechargeable power station and an equatorial wedge and a storage transport case. In addition, a StarShoot deep-space CCD camera will provide the capability to capture dazzling, professional-quality color photographs of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and planets.

“This will open up a whole new area for our class and enable us to do some things we haven’t been able to do before,” said Dr. Larry Newquist, professor of physics at University of the Cumberlands.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Ky., is a private liberal arts college in its 116th year of operation. Cumberland offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and 9 pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for busy adults.