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 6th most powerful telescope in Pakistan.
Without formal science expertise or resources the young stargazer created his own Galilean telescope using lenses from a local glasses store. Then he upgraded, making a Newtonian telescope with a 6-inch lens, 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.
“I can see craters 100 kilometers in diameter on the moon’s surface, Venus, Saturn’s rings and even Jupiter in the summer” says Mahmood, who wants to be a physicist.
Mahmood is a hard worker who believes in the power of science. Currently, he works as a tutor to financially support his family, but he plans to study at Punjab University and be the genius behind Pakistan’s largest telescope.
If a school boy has the mind to craft a place in the stars for Pakistan, think of the progress our nation will see.