The New Astronomer’s Group is set to start again on the 26th of March, 2013. This will be an eight 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 (March 26, 2013)
Lesson 2 - Finding Your Way Around the Night Sky (April 23, 2013)
Lesson 3 - Practical Observing (May 28, 2013)
Lesson 4 - Types of Objects (June 25, 2013)
Lesson 5 - Telescope Accessories and the Best Sources of Astronomy Reference Material (July 23, 2013)
Lesson 6 - Collimation, Maintenance, and Care of your Telescope (August 27, 2013)
Lesson 7 - Getting Started with AstroPhotography (September 24, 2013)
Note that lesson 3 may be postponed, depending on the weather.