Shvabe Holding supported the 13th Asian-Pacific Astronomy Olympiad held in Novosibirsk. Its winners got the Newton telescopes, developed at the local plant.
Novosibirsk Instrument-Making Plant (NPZ), a Shvabe Holding enterprise, sponsored a major international competition in astronomy. The plant presented TAL-65 telescopes of its own production to two winners – the students from China. They demonstrated the best knowledge in astronomy among 55 students aged between 14 and 18 from Bangladesh, China, South Korea, Vietnam and Russia,
"Our city is hosting the Asian-Pacific Astronomy Olympiad for the first time. Participation in the organization of this specialized international event is of great importance for us, as for the representative of industrial sector of the region and the only manufacturer of astronomical equipment in the Novosibirsk region. We have been manufacturing TAL telescopes for more than 45 years. Amateurs and professionals in astrophotography consider this line to be a landmark one due to the innovative complex optical system of high resolution," ( Vasily Rassokhin, Director General, Novosibirsk Instrument-Making Plant).
As a memorable gift for the victory, the students from China got a compact Russian telescope with a 65-mm mirror, a focal length of 500 mm and magnifying power of 30 x, 90 x and 130 x. Under the maximum magnification the telescope allows to see some details on the Moon and planets, some binary stars and elements of star clusters. The telescope of this modification is used for observing celestial objects by amateur astronomers, school students and members of astronomy clubs.
The Olympiad, consisting of three rounds, allowed the children to solve a number of complex problems in astronomy - to analyze brightness of variable star, to recognize the satellites of Jupiter and to find certain astronomical objects. The competition was held in Russian and in English in the Great Novosibirsk Planetarium and was organized under the auspices of Astronomical Society , the international public organization, and the Scientific Council for Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Science. Along with high school students from Novosibirsk, Russia was also represented by school students from Yakutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Tomsk.