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  1. Sep 19, 2016 #1
    The Physics group at my university is building an optical telescope (it will have a dome the size of an 8mX4m room and the mirror will have a diameter of about 65cm.) and we might also build a radio telescope or an array of telescopes which will work as one giant telescope. Also, I heard that we were gonna install a spectrometer to help us conduct researches with the telescope.

    Now I don't want to go into research that deals with building telescopes, but I want to use the already built telescopes to do research in Astronomy. I will work on this project nonetheless because I have nothing else to do right now and because it sounds like it will give me a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge. But just out of curiosity: say I want to work in finding distant galaxies in the future or study quasars or exo-moons or whatever, will having the fact that I helped build a telescope when I was a freshman help my CV when I apply for grad school?

    Thank you!
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  3. Sep 19, 2016 #2


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    Probably not explicitly, but knowledge gained is never harmful.

    65 cm is a bit small for a research scope, but you could do some variable star or NEO work.
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