Practical Astronomy

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Through an enjoyable mix of theory and practical observation this course takes a comprehensive look at the universe and our place in it. You'll also learn about Planetarium software, telescopes, and how to make the most of one you have, then conclude with an outdoor session putting all you've learnt into practise under the night sky.

Weeks 1 & 2: Discover Astronomy
*About the Constellations
*Using `Stellarium’ freeware Planetarium software
*About the Stars
*About the Moon and Planets
*About the Galaxies and Nebulae

Week 3: Advanced Astronomy
*Our Place in the Universe
*How do Stars change with time?

Weeks 4 & 5: Practical Astronomy
*Observing with the Naked Eye and Binoculars
*About Telescopes (types, mounts, eyepieces, finders, accessories and safety tips)
*Analysis of student’s “bring along” telescopes and tips for improvement
*Outdoor practical session (Week 5)

Course ID CBG1010
Price $195.00 (GST included)
Start date Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Finish date Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Sessions 5 sessions of 2 hours
Time 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Tutor Dr Stephen James
Status Module is finished.


Weather permitting there will be a star gazing night on the last evening of the course. Details will be discussed on the first evening. On the evening don't forget to bring warm clothing, a chair, a torch and something to eat and drink.

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"Well presented, interesting content, wide-ranging topics and I can now use my telescope better!" Patrick
'Excellent teacher, very interesting subject." Cris

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