From how to choose and use telescopes, to identifying targets and planning observing activities.
This course is designed for those interested in taking up astronomy as a hobby, and may be studied independently without prior knowledge. It is also an ideal follow on course for those who have attended Introduction to Astronomy.
With a strong focus on developing a solid observational understanding of the night sky and how it changes throughout the year, the course will also cover setting up and aligning telescopes. Other topics are: how to choose observing locations and plan observing sessions, amateur contribution to scientific research, and an introduction to astronomy photography.
Those attending the course should have access to a telescope outside of class time, so that they can practice what they have learned in class.
The course will run twice during the 2018-19 academic year, and was formerly known as Practical Astronomy for Beginners.
Tutors: Brendan Owens and Greg Smye-Rumsby.