New Astronomer’s Group

The New Astronomer’s Group will be returning soon in mid-2014.  This will be an seven month course, running on the fourth Tuesday of each month, starting at 7:30pm.  We meet at Regis Hall in the grounds of St Ignatius’ College, Riverview Street, Lane Cove (click here for a map).  This course is primarily designed for those new to astronomy, who want to learn:

  • How to choose the right telescope and accessories for their needs and budget
  • How to use and maintain their telescope, and
  • How to find their way around the night sky

No existing knowledge of astronomy is required in order to participate in this course.

The proposed schedule is as follows (subject to change – further details will come shortly).

Lesson 1 - Types of Telescopes and Mounts (27th May 2014)
Lesson 2 - Finding Your Way Around the Night Sky (24th June 2014)
Lesson 3 - Practical Observing (22nd July 2014)
Lesson 4 -  Telescope Accessories and the Best Sources of Astronomy Reference Material (26th August 2014)
Lesson 5 - Collimation, Maintenance, and Care of your Telescope (23rd September 2014)
Lesson 6 - Types of Objects (28th October 2014)
Lesson 7 - Getting Started with AstroPhotography  (25th November 2014)

Note that lesson 3 may be postponed, depending on the weather.

Cost: $20 for the course, $10 of which can go towards your membership fee if you decide to join the society. This is payable on the first night that you attend.

Sign Up: Please send us a message via our contact form to register for the course. You can also simply turn up on the night – all are welcome.




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