Astronomy for fun

Course Dates: 12/06/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
If you have already enjoyed a gentle introduction to astronomy, here is the next step: what to
look for and how to do and find out more. De-mystify some of the specialist software,.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00

Course Code: HS022

Sun, day, 12 Jun - 12 Jun '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Astronomy:for amusement and interest: things to look for, and how to find out about them. Knowing how to take advantage of an unexpectedly clear night and planning, hopefully, for clear skies.

What will we cover?

- Software, planispheres, magazines, books and the internet
- What you can see in the night sky now (if the sky is clear tonight)
- Software, planispheres, magazines, books and the internet
- Recognising what you see, when you see it (when there’s no clouds in the way)
- Finding out in advance what there might be to see (if the weather clears up)
- Getting more out of eyes, binoculars, telescopes (if it isn’t too cloudy)
- Q&A to clear up technical terms leading to
- Right Ascension and Declination without tears.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Decide what to observe
- Find observing targets by star-hopping or using celestial co-ordinates
- Use a telescope or binoculars more effectively
- have a better knowledge of what you are looking at
- find further information you need.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a follow-up course, suitable for alumni of “Astronomy a Gentle Introduction” but is open to anyone wanting to take a step beyond novice astronomy. However, you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught in a number of different ways including presentations with visual examples, discussions and group work.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring a notepad and pen. There are no additional costs for the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please explore our website for more astronomy courses.

Roger O'Brien

Roger has been an amateur astronomer for more than six decades. Professional involvement in astronomy waited until 1995, when he tried teaching. A serendipitous encounter at AstroFest led to enrolment at the University of Hertfordshire, which, in turn, led to graduation with a BSc in Astronomy (with computing) in 1995. Staff at UoH sponsored him as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) in 1995. Tutoring appointments have included Workers’ Educational Association, Open University, City Lit and the Royal Observatory Greenwich so he teaches a very wide range from very basic (Astronomy a Gentle Introduction at City Lit) to second level undergraduate work for the OU. Roger finds the variety stimulating and still enjoys doing some actual observing. For instance, he is a volunteer Demonstrator at the Hampstead Observatory. On the more theoretical side, he is keen to talk about Cosmology (at the City Lit and for the OU).

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.