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ASTRONOMY FOR BEGINNERS COURSE
STARTING MONDAY SEPT. 16th 2013
Probably the best astronomy course in Hampshire....
"Evening class observing with Giant Binoculars"
Astronomy affects our lives in many ways: -
- The Sun provides our energy to live.
- The Earth’s spin gives us day and night.
- The Earth’s axial tilt gives us the seasons.
- The Earth’s orbit gives us our calendar.
- The Moon causes tides and eclipses.
- The Moon plays a vital role for life on Earth.
Astronomy is the oldest science and throughout the ages mankind has had a fascination for the night sky. This twenty-week course for adults over two terms, on Monday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Clanfield Observatory, starting on Monday, 16th September 2013, is intended to introduce a basic understanding of astronomy with an emphasis on activities carried out by amateurs.
The Hampshire Astronomical Group’s observatory is one of the best equipped in the country, comprising 24, 16 and 12 inch Newtonian reflectors; superb 7 inch StarFire, 5 inch Cooke combined with a Beck refractor, all housed in domes. There are also two tripod mounted giant pairs of binoculars.
The course will include observations with some of these instruments, when weather conditions permit. The Group also has CCD (special digital) cameras, H Alpha and calcium filters for solar observations - which will enable class members to see prominences.
A well-equipped support building is available and whenever applicable, illustrated slides, DVD and computer generated projection will be employed to assist with the description of the topic under consideration. The course notes/slides (in PowerPoint) will be provided electronically by copying to your personal memory stick at intervals during the course, which you should bring on the first night. An on-site car park is available. To help the environment and to keep travel costs down, shared transport is encouraged.
The course manager, Dr Robin Gorman FRAS, is Past President of the Hampshire Astronomical Group, having been involved in astronomy education for over 30 years.
The course tutor is Graham Bryant, Chairman of the Group, has been involved in astronomy for over 40 years and holds a qualification in adult education.
This very popular and successful course has developed during this time to meet the needs of beginners wishing to know more of this fascinating subject. Whenever possible appropriate certain topics will be covered by specialist member(s).
Topics covered include:
- The Origins and Development of Astronomy.
- The Celestial Sphere - Locating Constellations.
- Instruments for Observing - Binoculars and Telescopes.
- The Sun, the Moon and Eclipses.
- The Inner and Outer Planets.
- Comets, Asteroids and Meteors.
- Types of Stars, Variable Stars, Double Stars.
- Star Clusters and Nebulae, Novae and Supernovae.
- The Milky Way and types of Galaxies.
- Black Holes, Pulsars and Quasars.
- The Universe
Frequent reference will be made to the current week by week astronomical happenings to encourage observation of these events. It is hoped to observe all the planets of the solar system during the course, which is open to any adult (minimum 18 years) who has an interest in the subject, even if they have little or no previous knowledge of astronomy.
To obtain full benefit from the course, continuation in the second term is highly recommended, if not essential.
FEE: £75 for each ten-week term (can be paid separately in August and January before each term). This fee includes associate membership of the Hampshire Astronomical Group for that quarter of the year. Senior Citizens pay 90% of the fee. Existing HAG Members, already paying an annual subscription, are entitled to a 25% reduction of their subscription off the fee.
As there is currently a surge of interest in astronomy, the course quickly fills up, so early enrolment is strongly recommended. A minimum deposit of £10 reserves your place on a first come basis.
A copy of this information is available here as a PDF.
If you are interest in doing this course, starting September, then please contact Robin and we can reserve your place on this popular astronomy course. firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE IN YOUR DIARY
The full fee is required by 31st August to complete your postal enrolment. A postdated cheque, 31st August, for your balance, can be sent separately in advance, with your deposit. Late enrolments after this date will require the full fee to be paid.
Please make cheques payable to the Hampshire Astronomical Group.
Note: Acknowledgement receipts will only be sent on request with a SAE or by providing your e-mail
Dr. Robin Gorman
17 The Curve, Lovedean,
Waterlooville, Hants PO8 9SE
Telephone (023) 92595142