400 Years of the Telescope

I just finished watching the PBS program 400 years of the Telescope and found it both interesting and frustrating. On the one hand it did go from the early beginnings of the telescope to today but on the other hand it seemed to spend too much time on on general astronomy topics that are beyond most people. Like the expansion of the universe and dark energy. Then to top it off there was no discussion of today’s amateur astronomers and their telescopes. That was a bit disappointing given a younger persons interest in astronomy, or even in science, can be sparked or encouraged by using a personal telescope.

Despite my criticism of the show and how it was put together it was fun to watch.