Schedule: Mondays | 7:00-9:00pm
Introduction to Amateur Astronomy: Observing the Northern Winter Constellations using
Binoculars and Telescopes ǀ Mondays ǀ 7pm-9pm ǀ Larry & Lonie Swenson ǀ High School Rm #5 | Materials Fee $25
This short course introduces the students to the fundamentals of amateur astronomy based on the celestial objects in the northern winter constellations that are visible during the class hours from January to March. The class will combine indoor presentations and, weather permitting, outdoor observations of the night sky. We will learn about our home galaxy, the Milky Way galaxy, and other galaxies far beyond The Milky Way galaxy – and the astronomical objects they contain. We will work with observation tools such as sky charts and planispheres, free and commercial astronomy software packages, and numerous on-line resources including videos and written reports and texts. Students will learn how to find celestial objects by identifying constellations and by star hopping. We will gain experience with several types of observing optics including our unaided eyes, binoculars, and various kinds of small telescopes – including spotting telescopes. We will learn about and use star finder telescopes and mounting systems to support the binoculars and telescopes. We will touch lightly on some of the key physics phenomena that we can observe and measure in the objects of the winter constellations. There will be an introduction to amateur digital astrophotography and the scientific research that is being done by amateur astronomers. The students will also learn about star parties and the astronomy clubs and societies that are available for amateur astronomers.
Maximum of 8 students
Upcoming Class Times: (click calendar icon to add the date to your online calendar).
- February 26, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- March 5, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm